OUR County Council’s support for upgrading work at Community Radio Kilkenny City has been formally recognised.
Radio chair Cathal Cullen talked about the importance of community.
He spoke of the vital role of local radio in helping to sustain a vibrant community.
He thanked the council for its contribution of €40,500 to the station’s upgrade project.
The station underwent a major upgrade of its electrical and fire safety infrastructure before the start of full time broadcasting in October 2017.
The works which cost circa €90,000 were carried out by local contractors, McStan Construction and Moroney Electrical Ltd. Work was overseen by Noel Lawler Consulting Engineers.
Mayor Michael Doyle spoke warmly of his own experience of Community Radio Kilkenny City and of the value of the service it provides.
Unveiling a plaque to mark the council’s support, Cathaoirleach David Fitzgerald reflected on the rich history of community radio in Kilkenny, going back several decades.
He spoke about the diversity that community radio brings to the airwaves, citing his own recent experience of an interview with Frank Tynan on Saturday at 5.
Looking to the future, David described the council grant as ‘seed capital’ to help this vital community organisation, noting that it is a volunteer-led project.
He reminded that the community and cultural grants scheme is an annual one and encouraged community groups to apply.
Cathal Cullen thanked Stephen O’Connor of the community section of the county council for his guidance and encouragement.
He said all at the radio station appreciated the swiftness with which the works were undertaken and completed.