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December 15, 2006

The 59th and final episode of An Líonra Sóisialta is broadcast and podcast today, bringing the 12-week run to a close.

The 5 episodes published this week review some of the series highlights and give me a chance to say thanks to those who contributed. Today’s episode expresses the hope that this material will continue to be of assistance to Irish speakers discovering the “Social Network”. In order to further this goal, the series archive has been licensed under a Creative Commons 2.5 Attribution-NonCommercial license.

This was a unique project, and perhaps a little ahead of its time. I am very satisfied with the results.

I intend to post in more detail about those results after Christmas, and also to talk about some new projects. For now however, it is time to retreat and focus on more important matters.

The directors of Edgecast Media have spent the last couple of days getting to know their newborn daughter. Later today, she will meet her two brothers. Both mother and daughter are well, and we are all looking forward to a very special and peaceful Christmas. We wish you all the joy of the season and the company of those you love.

Beannachtaí na Nollag.


Arts & Literature Blogs Appeal

November 28, 2006

I’m looking for some help.

As you may have gathered, I’m most definitely on the geek side of the blogopolis. Which is not to say that I don’t appreciate the arts, but I feel that my own resources are somewhat deficient when it comes to researching radio reports on the subject.

The final two weeks of An Lionra Soisialta will include reports on the following themes:
Week 11 – The Arts (also Education) (beginning 2 Dec)
Week 12 – Literature and Publishing (beginning 9 Dec)

If any of you can offer any links to your favourite social network resources (especially blogs) on these subjects, it would be greatly appreciated. You can leave a comment here, or email Fiona Ni Cheirin, An Lionra Soisialta’s Chief Reporter: fiona dot nicheirin at gmail dot com.

The Podcasting Politician

November 21, 2006

Senator Joe O'TooleThere’s been a share of discussion about the desirability of encouraging our public representatives to blog. It seems like an ideal application of the medium, allowing politicians to go “on the record” on a range of issues, have more say in how they are represented in online conversations, and engage in a meaningful way with the electorate.

However, one Oireachtas member in particular has evaluated the options available and decided against blogging – in favour of podcasting.

Independent Senator Joe O’Toole is the special guest today on An Líonra Sóisialta. Speaking in Irish, Senator O’Toole describes how he goes about producing his weekly podcast, My Week This Week, which has been running for almost a year. And it’s all his own work too! The Senator uses his Apple Mac to write the script, record and edit, encode to MP3, and upload to the internet the 5 minute monologue which takes the form of a letter from Leinster House.

“This is the first time in a quarter-century that a technogy has come to us which allows a person’s personality to be put forward”, says Senator O’Toole, explaining that he prefers podcasting to blogging because he feels that the spoken word conveys more authenticity than the written word can.

Senator O’Toole is elected by graduates of the National University of Ireland and he sees the podcast as one way to communicate with his constituency which is spread all over the world. It has also found an audience on a number of radio stations in Ireland who broadcast the weekly bulletins giving an insider’s view of Leinster House.

You can subscribe to My Week This Week at

Irish Podcasting Notes

November 20, 2006

There’s a lot worth noting about Irish podcasting this week.

  • Congratulations to Brian Greene, who received the inaugural Podcasting Award at the IIA’s Netvisionary awards last Thursday.  Brian may well have been Ireland’s first podcaster and he and Doop Design are working hard to promote podcasting as a communications channel for Irish business.  On a personal level, I and other Irish podcasters have benefitted enormously from his support, advice and encouragement over the past year.  Thanks Brian – and well done!
  • It’s a sign of what a small world podcasting still is that I can also say the same of the other two nominees who shared the shortlist with Brian last Thursday.  Bernie Goldbach has been the most extraordinary innovator in his work with the students of Tipperary Institute at podcasting.ieTom Raftery has built an international audience ( without leaving his stronghold in Cork.
  • I don’t know if Brian went to Pod Con UK at the weekend.  He had discussed it some weeks back.  Brendan Bolger went however, and sent me a text message over the weekend to say he had met Adam Curry and given him a CD of Irish podcasts!  Nice one Brendan.
  • Brendan’s an Irish language podcaster, like myself.  His Spudshow showcases Independent Irish female musicians.  We’ve kept up correspondence over the past year and we’ll meet for the first time this evening when I give a guest lecture for the Irish department at the University of Limerick.  The topic: “An Líonra Sóisialta: An Ghaeilge agus an tIdirlíon” (The Irish Language and The Internet).  It’s in the John Holland Theatre in UL at 19:30.
  • Letter to America Chapter 52 – the 1st anniverary was published last week.  I think you’ll agree that’s a bigger achievement than the average podcasting anniversary if you’ve heard the huge personal energy Jett Loe puts into each show.  If you haven’t heard LTA yet, check out
  • Finally, congrats to all involved with the Netvisionary Awards – and a special shout to John Breslin who scooped an award for the second year running!  This is a tiny little country all the same.  John and I were in college together, and last week he kindly gave me an interview for An Líonra Sóisialta about his Wiki Ireland project.  Comhgháirdeachas John!

And we’re back!

October 17, 2006

Has it been 4 weeks since we started An Líonra Sóisialta? Almost! Eventually it took Guido to get me to come up for air!

Busy – and exciting too! An Líonra Sóisialta is well and truly up and running. There’s been a fantastic response in the Irish language community and I’ve been overwhelmed by all the support and encouragement.

I’ve been overwhelmed by the work as well, but my keel seems to be be righting at last, and it looks like the work is starting to bear fruit.

An L�onra in iTunes

Tom Raftery reports on An Líonra Sóisialta‘s entry to the iTunes Ireland Podcast Top 100, as well as my nomination in the “Best Podcaster” category for the forthcoming Irish Internet Association Net Visionary awards. With typical modesty, he neglects to mention that he too is a nominee in the same category, as well as in the “Best Blogger” and “Social Contribution” categories.

Voting to determine the finalists in each category is currently underway at Voting is open to anyone, and will close on the 23rd October. I’m thrilled to be nominated in the company of Tom, Bernie, Joe, Jonathan and Brian and I’m looking forward to seeing them at the awards in November.

All support is gratefully appreciated, and if you’d like to subscribe to An Líonra Sóisialta in iTunes, just search for the word LIONRA, or you can use this link! 🙂

An Líonra Sóisialta Launched

September 23, 2006

Here’s the press-release which did the damageJett would probably describe it as “King Kong Long”, and he’d be right.  But at least it’s only text! 🙂

Ground-Breaking New Radio Show To Teach Internet
“As Gaeilge”

Radio listeners across Ireland will join internet users worldwide next Monday, as they tune in to the first episode of a new series focusing on the social aspects of the internet.

It’s the first time an Irish radio series has been devoted exclusively to the phenomenon of “online social networking”, of which the best known example in recent months has been Bebo. What’s more: all 59 episodes of the show will be in Irish.

The programme is called An Líonra Sóisialta, which translates to The Social Network. It will broadcast a 12 minute episode each day for 12 weeks.

So far, 7 Irish radio stations have confirmed that they will broadcast the show and its producer believes several more will join over the next few weeks as the series gathers steam.

Thanks to the internet, however, the show will be available to anyone who wants to hear it, anywhere in the world. An Líonra Sóisialta will also be a “podcast” – a downloadable MP3 sound file that users can listen to on their PC, or copy to a mobile device to enjoy at their convenience.

The new series is the brainchild of independent producer Conn Ó Muíneacháin from Ennis, County Clare. After a successful career in local radio, he gave up broadcasting for the computer industry. 10 years later, he sees the two fields converging as technology has put the media into the hands of anyone who has access to the internet.

“Anyone can publish. Anyone can speak. Like a letters page, or a phone-in show, the internet gives the public a voice. The difference is that there are no editors or programme controllers.”

To some this sounds like a recipe for anarchy. How is all this self-published material organised? How can the consumer be helped to find information which is useful and interesting to them?

“That’s the most exciting thing about it”, says Conn. “Nobody knows for sure! The tools and rules are being developed as we speak. New services and business models are launched every week. Some fail. Some develop and grow. All of them help us to understand how this new kind of media is supposed to work.”

These kinds of ideas are discussed daily in the “blogosphere” – the global community of self-published websites: weblogs, or simply “blogs”. They are familiar to people who collect the “feeds” from scores of such sites for easy reading in “aggregators”. They are debated in interviews and panel discussions on podcasts.

Conn Ó Muíneacháin wants to bring this discussion to a wider audience. “An Líonra Sóisialta is designed for non-technical people. It’s for people who are interested in media, but not necessarily in technology. It will introduce new ideas gently with short daily episodes over 12 weeks.”

But why do it in Irish? “Irish is why I became interested in citizen media in the first place. People employed in Irish language media do a wonderful job with limited resources. But the choice isn’t there. And what is there may be broadcast at a time, or published in a way, that does not suit someone who would otherwise be interested. But if you look at the web, you see that there is a global community of Irish speakers and
learners who are contributing their own efforts to media in the Irish language.”

As an experiment, last year Conn launched An tImeall, the first podcast in the Irish language. The project has been extremely successful, reaching a global audience. In March, the site was honoured for it’s use of Irish at the inaugural Irish Blog Awards.

In addition to the radio show and podcast, An Líonra Sóisialta will also have a daily feature in the Irish language newspaper . There’s also a website:  Over the next few weeks the site will grow and develop as it becomes the focus for audience participation.

And participation, Conn says, is the key. “These new forms of media make much less distinction between producer and consumer. An Líonra Sóisialta will encourage audience participation in every way possible: by phone, by text, by mail or by leaving a comment on the website.” The series has been planned to appeal to people with a wide range of abilities in Irish, and in particular, it has been designed to be suitable for use as discussion material for Irish classes at Transition Year level in Irish schools.

Conn will co-present the show with Fiona Ní Chéirín, a native of An Spidéal, Co. Galway, and a recent graduate of the multimedia degree programme at Tipperary Institute.

The series has been provisionally approved for funding under the “Sound and Vision” scheme operated by the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland.

The 7 radio stations which have confirmed their participation in An Líonra Sóisialta are: Flirt FM in Galway, Raidio na Life in Dublin, Ocean FM (Sligo, North Leitrim, South Donegal), Clare FM, KCLR (Kilkenny and Carlow), Wired FM in Limerick, and Raidio Fáilte, Belfast’s new Irish language station which launched last week.