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Episode 61 – Jack Byrne – Community Radio Founder

Jack Byrne grew up in Ranelagh, Dublin.

From his early days he always had an entrepreneurial streak with a social conscience.

He set up a Co-Op in Coolock, where he had moved with his family but when larger supermarket operators forced him out of business, he decided that the community needed a stronger voice.

To him that voice and way of expression came in the form of community radio.

He campaigned tirelessly until he managed to get a licence for NearFM.

There are now over 20 community radio stations in Ireland and Jack continues to be involved at different level to make sure that more are setup in years to come.


All music is available on Spotify in the Social Fabric Playlist


Jack’s Music Choice

Billie Holiday – Strange fruit

Fairport Convention – She moves through the fair

Paul Robeson – Joe Hill

Bill Haley & His Comets – Rock around the clock

Sinead O’Connor & The Chieftains – The Foggy Dew

Beethoven – Piano concerto No.3 – 1st Movement

Frank Harte – James Connolly


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