Podcasts.ie ~ Bringing voices from Ireland to the world.
Lovers of Irish Literature, Music, Culture, Heritage and the Arts might like to know about a podcasting website developed by a Sligo based media company.
Podcasts.ie ~ Voices from Ireland, is a website delivering high quality free audio content from Irish writers of poetry, prose and song as well as documentaries, story telling and radio style programmes about our culture, heritage and the arts.
Podcasts.ie is the brainchild of Jho Harris and Sinéad McClure of All Points West Audio Productions in Culfadda, County Sligo. Former producers of Artbeat on Mid West Radio. Jho and Sinéad are seasoned radio producers and broadcasters whose work includes a ten year stint at the helm of ‘Artbeat’, they have also worked with Lyric FM on a series dealing specifically with Irish literature and have produced many documentaries on history and heritage and more recently with RTE Junior Radio writing and producing 3 original children’s drama series based on our indigenous wildlife as well as a series of stories based on the flora and fauna of a Turlough (winter lake). As well as overseeing the recording of a monthly informational podcast for Sligo’s County and Borough Councils.
Their love of the medium of sound and its remarkable ability to transport the listener to places without visual clues and crossover into imagination, coupled with a passion for Irish Literature and Music and more than a dash of experience in the industry brought Jho and Sinéad to found Podcasts.ie, a website dedicated to spreading our unique ability for story telling and our unsurpassed culture and heritage across the world.
The site underwent extensive testing in the latter part of 2009 to ensure ease of use and that maximum sound quality could be maintained without too much strain on bandwidth. After satisfactory testing, the site went live just as 2010 began and has attracted almost 350,000 visits culminating in over 2.5 million page views since January 1st 2010. Aside from the fantastic writers who have recorded exclusive content so far, a host of greatly talented people have agreed to add their remarkable work to the site and the site was offered the use of the entire back catalogue of RTE Radio’s Documentary On One. In 2012 Podcasts.ie was voted 3rd in the professional section for Britain and Ireland in The European Podcast Awards and achieved 7th overall for Europe in all categories
On www.podcasts.ie you will hear recordings from some of our best writers, song smiths and documentary makers as well as new and emerging writers. You will find exclusive interviews with established writers as well as personal podcasts with these writers sharing the story behind some of their best known work, followed by a reading/ performance of the piece in question. The site offers these podcasts free to the listener with over 250 audio podcasts available and as content is being produced constantly, the visitor is offered a place to return to again and again.
On the commercial side, the company can also offer companies, in particular those in the tourism and leisure business’ an opportunity to get their message across using the unique and popular medium of podcasting, a method proving to be far more cost effective than radio advertising.
So if you enjoy all things Irish including stories, readings, unplugged music performances, interesting documentaries delivered through the medium of sound, log on to http://www.podcasts.ie and enjoy !