International Women’s Day celebrated across the radio industry

Radio stations around Ireland are celebrating International Women’s Day today with special programmes and female takeovers.

RTÉ lyric fm will mark the occasion with a range of programming and features.

Following last week’s live broadcast of the National Symphony Orchestra’s all-female composer programme, this Friday 11th March sees the world premiere of Emma O’Halloran’s “To Come Back to Earth”, live at 8pm as part of the RTÉ lyric fm Live transmission from Dublin’s National Concert Hall.

On The Full Score with Liz Nolan on 8th March, The Hathor Consort and Han Blaziková soprano perform music by women composers from the 17th century, including Isabella Leonard and Francesc Caccini, and later that day Lorcan Murray’s Classic Drive will feature music from female composers, artists and performers. Audiences can also listen back to yesterday’s Lyric Feature, where Claire Cunningham tells the stories of three female poets whose work has been rediscovered.

On 2fm, Jennifer Zamparelli will be speaking with humanitarian, explorer, and survivor, Silvia Vasquez-Lavado, hearing how she overcame child and adulthood trauma by finding healing in the mountains. 

RTÉ Radio 1 presented a range of special features last weekend, ahead of International Women’s Day, which are now available to listen-back on the RTÉ Radio Player.

On Countrywide, Ella McSweeney heard from Tara Farrell, who works in a women’s refuge, about the particular issues facing farming women in domestic violence. Mary Curtin, a PhD candidate, tells us about a survey into women and farming that she conducted for the Women In Agriculture Stakeholders Group. Countrywide also looks at Vivienne Duggan, the new head of the Vet Council; there’s a report on April Higgins, a Limerick farmer breeding some rare breed Swiss sheep; and Suzanne Campbell reports on the food producers who sell at the Derry Food Market.

Ahead of International Women’s Day, The Business looked at what businesses can do to promote women, and Clodagh Finn looked at historical examples of Irish women succeeding in business overseas.  

Meanwhile, on Beo ar Éigean last Saturday, Siún, Sinéad and Áine discussed this year’s theme, #BreakTheBias, internalized misogyny, and the more positive parts of womanhood.

What’s your radio station doing? Let us know news@radiotoday.ie.



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