From new presenters to new music and analysing the big issues of the day, BBC Gaeilge is offering a diverse collection of Irish language programmes on BBC Radio Ulster this summer.
Starting on Monday 1st July at 7pm on BBC Radio Ulster, Fearghal Mag Uiginn and special guests are in the Blas spot with Ón Taobhlíne (From The Sidelines). This 10-week sports series – and weekly podcast Ón Taobhlíne – Am Breise – looks back at the weekend’s GAA games and more.
In a new four-part series, Cur is Cúiteamh, Dáithí Ó Muirí dissects some of the pressing moral and ethical dilemmas facing modern society. In programme one, starting on Tuesday 2 July at 7pm, Dáithí and guests Dónal Ó Néill, Milène Fegan and Neepa Sodhi discuss the concept of toxic masculinity.
Throughout the series, the panel will look at other trending topics including privacy issues, overhauling our education system and the meaning of family in modern Ireland.
Over the course of six weekly programmes, Niamh Nic Oistigín explores the lives and music of the world’s greatest soul singers in Guthanna Ón Anam from Wednesday, 3 July at 7pm.
Proinsias Ó Coinn, Tessa Fleming and Caoimhe ‘Chats’ Ní Chathail jump into the hot-seat from 7pm on Thursday, 4 July for a six-week stint to share their favourite hits from across the globe in a new series of Blas 5×5. Will the presenters’ favourite tunes make it on to people’s summer playlists?
Conall Ó Máirtín returns with the series Litreacha (Letters), starting on Tuesday 30 July and is joined by guests Pól Ó Muirí, Sara Ní Chuireáin, Antoin Beag Ó Colla. And on Tuesday, 6 August, Caitlín Nic Íomhair, Ian Malcolm and Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, join Conall to put pen to paper and give some advice to their younger selves. Towards the end of the summer, Conall also brings us a two-part special on memories from the Gaeltacht areas.
New presenter, John Tracey hosts a special four-part series – Ceoltóirí Faoi Chaibidil – that puts local musicians under the spotlight. Starting on Thursday, 15 August, John will take part in jamming sessions with guests including Cormac ‘Buzz’ Ó Briain and Shane Hennessy.
Kick-starting the weekend on BBC Gaeilge with some music and craic is Caoimhe ‘Ceol’ Ní Chathail, herself a musician, with a mix of the latest releases, live acoustic sessions and a guide to all the traditional, roots and folk music gigs happening across the country in Blas Ceoil, every Friday evening at 7pm.
And Brian Mullen will round off the week, throughout the summer months with a diverse mix of music in Caschlár at 8pm on Saturday evenings.