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Ceol na nGael

Music, news and sports from Ireland, Sundays from Noon-4pm.

The most popular Irish radio program in New York, Ceol na nGael ("Music of the Irish") began as the brainchild of two Fordham students, Gerry Murphy and Mary Maguire, back in 1974. Over the years it has continued to be hosted by students, who have kept the tradition alive.

Tune in to 90.7 FM every Sunday between 12 noon and 4pm to hear all kinds of Irish music, often accompanied by dedications, and to stay connected through the community bulletin boards. Two of the program's highlights are the weekly news from Ireland, reported by Declan O'Byrne in Dublin at 2pm, and the sports from Ireland, with Brendan Tier, immediately following.

Many of the Ceol na nGael hosts over the years continue to work in the media, long after they've graduated. The program was hosted in the mid-'80s by Patti Anne Brown, an anchor at Fox News Channel, and by Kathleen Biggins, a CBS Radio producer who is also the host of A Thousand Welcomes, WFUV's popular Saturday morning program of traditional Irish music.

Maura Monahan and Maggie Dolan are the program's producers, working with the hosts on the music, booking interviews with figures in the Irish community, and developing new features.

Ceol na nGael Hosts (Present to Past):

  • Megan Townsend
  • Shannon Spillane
  • Megan Scully
  • Tara Cuzzi
  • Colleen Taylor
  • Kerri Gallagher
  • Kevin Quinn
  • Ashling Colton
  • Maura Monahan
  • Maggie Dolan
  • Liz Noonan
  • Deirdre McGuinness
  • Frank McCaughey
  • Meaghan O'Rourke
  • Jennifer Croke
  • Deirdre Hogan
  • Jean-Marie Woods
  • Marianna McGillicuddy
  • Eileen Fitzsimons
  • Eileen Byrne
  • Michelle Gillan
  • Mary Anne Grimes
  • Eileen Duffy
  • Mary Fogarty
  • Gerry Lavin
  • Mike Donahue
  • Patti Ann Browne
  • Kathleen Biggins
  • Peter Daly
  • Marie Hickey
  • Ann Bowen
  • Mary Maguire
  • Gerry Murphy

Irish musicians understand just how special Ceol na nGael is. According to singer Cathie Ryan, "Ceol na nGael reconnects us to our roots and reinforces our values as a community. There are millions of us in the tri-state area, but Ceol na nGael, with its music, news reports, and community bulletin boards, makes us a small village."

Our man in Dublin:

Ceol na nGael listeners enjoy hearing about goings-on in the homeland each week with newscaster Declan O'Byrne. A Dublin native, Declan taught English in Spain before beginning a career in journalism in 1980. A senior journalist at The Irish Independent, naturally he's a fan of soccer, rugby and the G.A.A.

Declan's glad that FUV provides news, and considers his position a privilege. "I hope my reports to WFUV help bridge the miles between the U.S. and home for both recent immigrants and those with links to Ireland through the generations." Hear Declan's reports every Sunday at 2pm on 90.7 FM. You can also e-mail him.

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Sun: 12:00 pm-4:00 pm
Mon - Sat: Off-Air