Minister Denis Naughten TD has launched the latest app for Raidió Rí-Rá in Coláiste Chiaráin Summerhill, Athlone, Co. Roscommon.
Speaking at the app launch in his home county, the Minister for Communications, Climate Action & Environment, Denis Naughten TD, said: “I am delighted to launch this new app for Raidió Rí-Rá, Ireland’s first and only Irish-language chartstation, as it makes this national youth station even more accessible on an ever-expanding range of platforms.
“Raidió Rí-Rá plays a key role in providing people with opportunities to engage with the Irish language outside the classroom, demonstrating its vibrancy and its relevance in modern life. Not only do young Irish speakers have the chance to present their own programmes on air, but Raidió Rí-Rá’s playlists include songs as Gaeilge by Irish and international stars such Ed Sheeran and Kodaline.
“The youth station’s new app is a much anticipated step forward, making it available to a much wider audience. I’m looking forward to seeing how Raidió Rí-Rá develops and expands in the future.”
Raidió Rí-Rá currently broadcasts 24/7 across Ireland and worldwide online and the station can now be accessed via its latest app for Android and iOS as well. Raidió Rí-Rá also broadcasts on DAB in some areas, and the station hopes to expand its reach even further in the near future.
Niamh Ní Chróinín, Manager of Raidió Rí-Rá, said: “Raidió Rí-Rá provides a great service, especially for young people, who want to use more Irish. We hope to make the station available on FM throughout the country in the future but at the moment, we are delighted that more people will be able to listen to Raidió Rí-Rá on our new app.
“Raidió Rí-Rá provides the perfect combination of entertainment and the newest music from the charts, all presented as Gaeilge by our fantastic team of youth volunteers.”
The Raidió Rí-Rá app is available for free download on Android and iOS from today.