RAIDIÓ Corca Baiscinn, the West Clare not-for-profit community radio station, is hosting a fundraising variety show on Saturday night in the Kilkee Bay Hotel.
Michelle Shannon, a volunteer with the station, said there will be a number of types of entertainment on the night and prizes are there to be won.
“We have different dancing acts, singing, a guy who’s a beatboxer from Shannon, a couple of people who are involved with the Ennis Music Project under the Clare Youth Service. At the interval we have a comedian called John O’Hare who is based in Galway. Sean Óg, who is from Miltown Malbay will be playing music.
“The winner will be announced and the prize is a €100 One For All voucher and if it’s a musician they get to record their first album in the studio with an experienced producer. That’ll be available for the top three, if any of them are musicians.”
She explained how Raidió Corca Baiscinn stays viable. “The money will be going to the radio station which is a not-for-profit organisation. We rely on funding from the Government to pay most of the staff, it’s primarily volunteer based though, 90% volunteers and 10% staff.”
She said being involved with the station gives people opportunities. “Recently enough we were at the famine commemoration in Kilrush and one of the girls who’s involved with the talent show, Emma Naughton, she interviewed the president. That’s not something that every teenager will get to do, but community radio gives you the opportunity to go outside your boundaries and get involved in things you never thought that you would.”
Tickets are on sale from shops in Kilkee, the library and the radio station. Alternatively people can reserve one by calling the station on 065 908 3022.