The documentary explores how The Clare Champion came into existence in 1903, and the circumstances surrounding it. It will also explore the cultural and social scene which the paper was born into, and how the paper progressed through the early years.
Producer and Presenter of the documentary, James Flannagan said “Listeners will be given an insight into the day to day running of the paper. It is also an interactive documentary between the broadcaster and the community of Clare.”
“The program also discusses key stories such as Clare’s Munster football success in 1992, the success of the Clare hurlers in the mid 90’s, the opening of Shannon airport, Muhammad Ali’s visit to Ennis, De Valera’s election in Clare and many more of the most important events in the county.
“West Clare is a predominantly rural community, and many living in these rural parts can often feel isolated. People of a certain generation who would not necessarily be up to date with technology still rely on the The Clare Champion as their only source of local news, and their input to the making of the program is invaluable. The documentary includes interviews with local readers, some of whom travel as far as 20 miles by car or cycle a bike 10 miles or more to reach their local newspaper supplier. The changes in printing and editing facilities are also discussed and the introduction of social media and the changes and challenges that these have brought,” added Mr, Flannagan.
The program will be broadcast on Monday 19th January 2015 from 4 – 5 pm on 94.8 and 92.5 and on http://www.rcb.ie