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Raidió Fáilte – ‘Líonra Uladh’

A modern Irish language broadcast, recording, training and archive centre situated at the edge of the Gaeltacht area of West Belfast

Project Description

Raidió Fáilte, situated at the edge of the Gaeltacht area of West Belfast, is a comprehensive, inclusive Irish language community radio service with modern broadcast and recording facilities. It operates on a public service/non-profit-distributing basis with a team of approximately 30 volunteers of all ages and backgrounds. The newly built facility has a number of studios for live broadcasting, pre-recording and training along with sound editing, mixing facilities and an Irish language sound recording archive.  It also provides space for the nurturing and development of Irish language based creative and cultural businesses with space for meetings and a community café, An Lon Dubh.

As well as broadcasting, Raidió Fáilte provides a platform for a range of community-interest groups allowing them to showcase their activities. Amongst these groups are Irish language cultural, educational and economic development organisations.

The Raidió Fáilte building marks a critical point in the city and acts as a gateway to the Gaeltacht area of West Belfast. Its small tower like structure gives presence to an otherwise small internal footprint which can be viewed from the west link and the city. The dark brick and gold anodised screens and copings take their inspiration from one of the oldest recorded poems in the Irish langue of a black bird looking over the Belfast Lough.

The project was co-funded by Belfast City Council, Department for Communities, An Ciste Infheistíochta Gaeilge, Alpha, NI Housing Executive and DfI Roads.

Project Status

The project is complete and was opened by the Lord Mayor of Belfast in March 2019.

SIB Involvement

Working with the Department for Communities, SIB provided a Project Director who led on the project’s delivery, funding, legal, procurement and governance requirements.

Raidió Fáilte by night