Ireland’s First All-Catholic Radio Station Launches
By Julia Brodsky, Editorial Assistant
April / May 2016
Ireland’s first-ever Catholic radio station, Radio Maria Ireland, launched in February. It will offer 24-hour, 365-day programming without advertisements that will cover three main areas: prayer, religious instruction, and social development.
The station is supported entirely by its listeners and friends, and it joins the World Family of Radio Maria, whose main headquarters are in Rome and whose international Catholic broadcasting service now includes 75 channels.
Father Michael Ross is Radio Maria Ireland’s Priest Director, and Mark McDermott and Joyson Joy are the station’s volunteer president and general manager, respectively.
Broadcasting will incorporate both satellite and cable services, making it available to listeners in Dublin and Cork and the cities’ surrounding areas.
“Radio Maria Ireland’s mission is to help communicate God’s divine love and mercy for all mankind through the teaching and sacraments of the Catholic Church,” the station’s mission statement reads. “Being a School of Prayer, our aim is to help people find the meaning of life in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, through the intercession of Our Lady.”
Overseas listeners can easily tune in via the station’s website, radiomaria.ie or the “Radio Maria World Family” app. ♦