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We’re so appreciative of everyone that came down to Galway. Thanks to CraolCommunity Radio Kilkenny CityBroadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI),HeadStuffGalway Film CentreBelfield FMSocs BoxWired FMNUI Galway Students’ Union,Maynooth Students’ Union (MSU)Broadcast Technical Services, Sult NUI Galway, And to Lynn, John, Brian, Ben, Denzil, Dave, Colm, Declan, Fergal, Louise, Daithí, Gugai, Steve, Rosco, Pádraig, Ailbhe, Eoghan, Feithín, Sarah, Colm, Colette, Ray, Mark, Shannon, Paul, Alice, Ronan, Fiach, Felipé, John, Zoe, Barry, Stevo, Conor, Niamh, Siobhán, Michael, Willem & the gang from UCD.

Panel announced for “The Future of Community Radio and Digital Media”

  • John Walsh (Chair of the Panel)
  • Léachtóir Sinsearach Gaeilge/Senior Lecturer in Irish at NUI Galway, John hosts Wireless on Flirt FM (a show all about radio) and is involved with new Irish Language Community Station for Galway, Raidió na dTreabh too.
  • Lynn Simpson
    Broadcasting and Programming Coordinator at 92.5 Phoenix FM, Lynn has worked in Community Radio for over 22 years. With an Masters in Radio from the University of Sunderland, she’s worked for both local BBC and commercial stations. She’s also a former College and University lecturer (specialising in radio studies).
  • Brian Greene
    Runner of the website, Brian is currently completing a Masters Degree in Social Communications at DCU; Radio / Digital Radio / Social Radio are key areas of his study, and have been for some time!

Conference FAQs

Q. When is the Conference on? 
The Conference proper takes place on Saturday 4th of November (registration from 11am, talks from 12-5.30pm).
There is a pre-event on Friday night for those travelling to Galway early, and a Saturday afters.

Q. Where should I stay? 
There are many hostels and B&B’s within walking distance. They will book up, so check as soon as possible.
This year we have introduced an Accommodation + Conference ticket, so that
you can book your ticket & bed in one, at a guaranteed price.

Q. What kind of things will be covered at the Conference? 
There will be talks, practical demonstations, a panel discussion, live podcast recording and comedy/media
table quiz. Also it’s a great chance to meet and network with like-minded people!

Q. Do I have to be in Third-level/ volunteering at a radio station to attend?
While most of the attendees might be students, the conference is open to all -we’d love to have you along,
there’s a non-student ticket available.
Under 18s are welcome with a student ticket, and to the bar afterwards, until 9pm. We would advise everyone
to bring a proof of age with them, as we will be giving out wristbands at registration to identify those
who are over 18 and can legally be served alcohol at the Saturday Social.

Q. What does a ticket get me?
You get in to the Friday night meetup (if you’re about), a welcome goodie pack on Saturday, tea &
coffees, lunch and admission to the Saturday Social in NUI Galway’s lovely College Bar Sult, and of course
the Conference itself. We need to book catering in advance, so are charging enough to cover this. This
event is strictly not for profit.

Q. Sign me up! Where can I get a ticket? 
Tickets are available on Eventbrite. Booking closes on the 24th of October, as we need to know numbers for food and goodie packs. If you’re a teacher, lecturer or society auditor looking to book 
a group in, give us a shout about group rates. Please remember to bring proof of age with you for registration!

Q. Will there be tickets available on the day?
As catering and goodie bags need to be organised in advance, we are not planning on selling tickets on the
day. If you want to buy a ticket after online sales close, please email us and we’ll arrange it for you.

Email with any other questions!

Our penultimate speaker announcement

  • Fergal D’arcy – it’s his first time at the NSRC (although definitely not his first time at Flirt FM or NUI Galway). Formerly of iRadio, now Presenter and exec producer of his show on Today FM we have *no* doubt he’ll have some cracking stories to tell and radio insights to share.
  • No Encore (check them out on the HeadStuff Podcast Network, if you haven’t already). Fresh from their Dublin Podcast Festival show in Whelan’s, this is their first time live in Galway, and they’ll be recording an episode of their podcast in front of us!
  • Our fifth announcement NSRC17 announcee (we’re not sure if that’s a word, but let’s go with it) Steve Bennett is going to be hosting our Saturday Night Social. We are really looking forward to this.

First speakers announced!

Here they are, our first two guest speakers!

  • Louise is a former Station Assistant Manager with Flirt FM, now working with iRadio, presenting Vodafone First Play (with emphasis on new, Irish and live music), often stepping in to other iRadio shows too. She also DJs around the country and is an early adopter when it comes to social media and tech – the perfect person for advice and brain-picking!
  • Denzil is the award-winning Production Director with FM104, Radio Imaging Producer with and all round legend! He’ll be sharing production tips using Protools. He’s previously worked with RTÉ 2fm, 98FM, East Coast FM, Dublin’s Country Mix 106.8 and Dublin City FM 🙂

Thank You!

It all seems to be back to normal here at the NUI Galway RadioSoc Towers. The National Student Radio Conference which took place last weekend was a major success! After the fierce pressure on the day, it all paid off! We all had a ball at the conference and found it extremely beneficial to meet both people in the industry and in the same position as us. I learned a lot from the experience and I am sure it is fair to say everyone enjoyed themselves. I hope you had a ball too!

It could not have done it without everyone’s help. We would especially like to say thank you to all our sponsors, speakers and volunteers.

CRAOL, The Societies Office, Conference Office, Flirt FM, NUI Galway Students’ Union and NUI Galway Information Solutions and Services helped us a lot in making the event possible.

In particular, we would like to express a huge thanks to Standard Printers for being extremely helpful and generous with sourcing printing materials.

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Thanks again and hope to see you all here again soon!



Event Liaison Officer

Welcome to the National Student Radio Conference 2015!

The National Student Radio Conference is alive and well!

We have just finished emailing all the Guests and Visitors, but if you didn’t receive it, hopefully the following will help.

NUI Galway Radio Society Annouce The Second National Student Radio Conference

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NUI Galway Radio Society are delighted to announce the second National Student Radio Conference will take place in NUI Galway on Saturday, March 7th 2015.

Registration for the conference opens at 11am on Saturday with talks running until 5pm.

The conference is supported by Craol, the representative, co-ordinating, lobbying, training, & support organisation for Irish Community Radio; NUI Galway Societies’ Office and Flirt FM 101.3.

The conference will not specifically focus on student radio but will rather offer an all-encompassing look at the medium and the structures built around it. There will be informative talks from some of Ireland’s top media organisations, hands-on demonstrations, Q&A sessions and other special events. The conference is also a great chance to network and meet like-minded students from all around the country.

Denzil Lacey, managing director of ZAVA media, is the first speaker confirmed to be attending the conference.

Tickets for the conference can be found on This year Early-Bird and Group-Rate options have been introduced. Early-Bird tickets will cost €8 while groups of 10 or more people can purchase tickets for €6 each. Tickets go up to full price from March 2nd. Ticket holders will be given a welcome goodie pack, lunch and admittance to the post conference social. Also included is entrance to a pre-event taking place on Friday March 6th for those travelling to Galway early.

For more information on the conference visit

A further press release will be issued with details on speakers and events taking place in the run up to the event. A spokesperson is available for interviews.

Accommodation information


The bus and train stations in Galway are approximately 1km from the University, and it should take 10-15 minutes to get there on foot.

A quick Google for hostels throws up lots of results in Galway City Centre – there should be no need for trekking to somewhere kilometres away. Expect to pay from €20 for a bed in a dorm – but do book as soon as you know you’re coming to the conference, as Galway is a tourist destination at the weekend  – even outside the summer!

Another option may be trying a B&B in the area – they do reasonable rates too, and there’s lots of modern and stylish options in town. If you want a cracking view, you can travel a little further to Salthill, it’s absolutely beautiful, but still within walking distance of NUI Galway.

The Big Media Quiz


For all of you Galwegians, and people staying over Friday night, the weekend kicks off with a special Media Quiz. There’ll be a good spread of themed rounds to get you thinking. Oh, and prizes and spot prizes too.

Here’s the Facebook Event. Entry is free for Conference ticket holders and a mere €2 for all other humans!