The fifth programme in the series (see full info below) ‘This Sporting Life’ features Thurles Sarsfields and Tipperary hurler Pádraic Maher. Without writing about myself in the third person, the series of programme is producer by Ciarán Ryan, a native of Newport, and now based in Limerick as a freelance radio producer. I’ve previously produced content for the likes of RTÉ Radio 1, 2FM, 2XM, Live 95FM, SPIN SW, etc., and will also have a documentary air on Newstalk early next year. Previous sporting documentaries have included ‘The Famine Is Over’ (Tipp FM, 2008) and Friday Night Blues (Limerick’s Live 95FM, 2010).

Winning trophies, losing finals, training on cold winter nights, and career-threatening injuries – they all appear in This Sporting Life, a new radio series that will commence broadcasting on SPIN South West on Sunday, October 20th, at 11.50am

The series of 10 programmes are produced by independent producer Ciarán Ryan for the station, and each features an in-depth profile of a sportsperson from SPIN South West’s broadcast region. The series crosses a range of sporting disciplines including GAA, soccer, tennis, boxing, rowing, rugby, etc., and includes those still very much active in their fields, along with some who have retired in more recent years.  The series mixes amateurs and professionals, household names and emerging talents. Each programme is produced in a documentary-style including input from the selected sportsperson and those who have an impact on their career – family, coaches, teammates, etc.

SPIN South West is a regional music station for 15-34 year olds based in the South West of Ireland and broadcasts to Kerry, Clare, Limerick, North Tipperary and South West Laois. The station is on air since 2007 and has developed a culture of promotion of independent broadcasting and supporting radio in the region, through active participation in the BAI Sound & Vision fund. “We are delighted to be involved with a series that celebrates these amazing sportspeople,” says Nessa McGann, Programme Director with the station.


The following people will feature in This Sporting Life:

1.     Sunday, October 20th: Conor Niland (Tennis)

2.     Sunday, October 27th: Andy Lee (Boxing)

3.     Sunday, November 3rd: Niamh O’Dea (Ladies Football & Camogie, Clare)

4.     Sunday, November 10th: Sam Lynch (Rowing)

5.     Sunday, November 17th: Padraic Maher (Hurling, Tipperary)

6.     Sunday, November 24th: Eimear Cregan (Hockey, ex-Ireland)

7.     Sunday, December 1st: Seán Lacey (Cycling)

8.     Sunday, December 8th: Yvonne Tracy (Soccer, Arsenal & Ireland)

9.     Sunday, December 15th: Darran O’Sullivan (Gaelic Football, Kerry)

10. Sunday, December 22nd: Mike Sherry (Rugby, Munster & Ireland)


This Sporting Life is made with the support of the Broadcast Authority Of Ireland’s Sound & Vision Scheme. The Broadcasting Funding Scheme (Sound & Vision II) was established to provide funding in support of high quality programmes on Irish culture, heritage and experience, and programmes to improve adult literacy.


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