Ceol na nGael
Hosts: Ryan Slattery and Megan Townsend
Megan Townsend is a senior at Fordham University, from Pearl River, New York. She comes from a large Irish-American family, with grandparents from Clare and Galway. She is grateful to them for giving her a connection to her culture and heritage through music — it is very important to her family (especially the Clare side). Her love for traditional Irish music really began when she started taking tin whistle lessons with Mary Rafferty at the age of seven, and fiddle lessons with Michelle Bergin a few years later. She played in the Woodlawn/Martin O'Grady Ceili bands, travelling to Ireland for the Tullamore Fleadh in 2009.
Her family has been listening to Ceol na nGael since they came to the United States, and she grew up with it on the radio every Sunday. Megan still remembers the first time she was in the WFUV studios, to play with the Woodlawn Ceili Band on A Thousand Welcomes with Kathleen Biggins. Being on Fordham's campus that day for such a memorable experience was a part of her decision to study at Fordham, and to come back to WFUV to work on Ceol na nGael. The show has been an enormous part of continuing her connection with traditional Irish music, and she is so grateful for everything it has taught her about her culture and her community.
Ryan Slattery is a Sophomore at Fordham, from Cresskill, New Jersey. His love for Irish tradition and music comes from his family's strong Irish background, which has been embraced since his ancestors' arrival in America from Galway, Dublin, and Cork in 1848. Seeking to learn more about his family's roots and the Irish tradition, Ryan was eager to join Ceol na nGael, where he has already learned a lot from the great radio community he loves so much.