Thesis // The Roll Out of Digital Audio Broadcasting in Ireland

Thesis - Roll out of DAB in Ireland - nessymon

Thesis - Roll out of DAB in Ireland - nessymon

Ok, I better give this its full title

The Roll Out of Digital Audio Broadcasting in Ireland and Explorations into the Future Radio Landscape

In 2012, I was finishing my degree in Dublin City University, a BSc in Multimedia. I decided to do a thesis on The Roll Out of Digital Audio Broadcasting in Ireland. At the initial presentation stage, I was told I needed to cut back, that I was trying to do a Phd in three months with this. So I ended up with what we have here.

I really enjoyed researching this and chatting to everyone about digital radio in Ireland.

Why put this online now?

Over the past few weeks, people have asked me if they could read my thesis. You have two options for that. You could go to the library in Dublin City University and sit own and read my written book or, now, you could read it here.

Although my thesis covers online radio, satellite radio and what most people consider digital radio, your little radio box that also has FM, it’s a shame that in the five years since I wrote this, that not a lot seems to have changed with DAB in Ireland. Even RTÉ 2XM, on which I present The London Ear, is still technically in a trial.

I guess some of the interest has come since this article has appeared on RadioToday about the closure of dB Digital Broadcasting’s DAB multiplex.

Topics covered in my Thesis

  • Digital Audio Broadcasting in Ireland
    • Digital Broadcasting from The Broadcaster’s View
    • DAB Formats
    • Regulation Issues
    • More Choice?
  • IP Based Radio
    • Irish Statistics
    • Audience Listening Habits
    • Broadcast Bandwidth Concerns
    • How Internet Audio Stream Providers Work
    • 4G Rollout in Ireland.
    • WiFi Radio Case Study:
  • Satellite Radio
  • Converging Platforms
    • Hybrid Radio
    • Smartphone App Development
    • Radio You Can See
  • Other Digital Possibilities
    • HD Radio
    • Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM)
    • Alternative Radio Business
  • Future DAB/DAB+ Trials in Ireland

People I spoke to for my thesis

  • Dusty Rhodes,
  • Andy Green, Brendan Kehoe, Total Broadcast
  • Robin Crowley, Gaydar Radio
  • Donal Quinlan, Cork FM
  • Paul Campbell, Amazing Radio
  • Greg Parke,
  • Garvan Rigby, Spirit Radio
  • Dave Timpson,RTÉ
  • PatBalfe, Communicorp
  • Peter Bradshaw, United Christian Broadcasting
  • Gregory Orton, Solaris Mobile
  • Denzil Lacey, Zava Media
  • Lisa Ní Choisdealbha, Independent Broadcasters of Ireland
  • SimonYoung, Radio/TV Presenter

Read My Thesis Here

You can read my thesis here. Click and it will open in a new page or you can save it, Right Click Save As..

Please do realise that everything was present and correct in 2012, things happen, things change, companies change, personnel change, life changes. Trump gets voted POTUS.

Contact me and DCU if you want to use anything from this

Yes, I wrote this, but the physical book in property of Dublin City University. If you want to use anything from this, please contact me and DCU.

Want me to do more?

I really enjoyed researching this. I hope you enjoy reading it. I would love to have the opportunity to study this further. If anyone would like offer me grants to update or bring this to Phd level, please get in touch. I would be eternally grateful.

Roll Out of DAB in Ireland – Vanessa Monaghan – Copyright nessymon 2012

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Euro 2012 Irish Football Songs: The Definitive Collection


To get you (and try to get myself) into the mood for all the football happening over the next couple of weeks, I decided to have a look at the Irish songs knocking around for Euro 2012. To be fair, there’s good, bad and downright ugly in this lot but hey this is a ‘Definitive Collection’ so it’s not my fault. So sit down for a few minutes, get your scarf, flag and vuvuzela and let rip.

The Rocky Road To Poland – Damian Dempsey, Bressie, Danny Corana, and friends. Official Republic Of Ireland Song for Euro 2012

First up, might as well go with the Official one, this has been knocking around your favourite National Commerical Radio station for a bit now, it’s been number one, lyrics written by the Ray D’arcy Listeners plus it actually features the Republic of Ireland football team in the video! Score!

Come on Ireland: Buachaill Boys

It had to happen, someone uses Dexys Midnight Runners’ Come On Eileen. They get the names of the squad in and they make eejits of themselves dancing on an empty street, (would have been more impressed if there were auld ones standing in the doorways) and they recreate Ray Houghton’s 1988 goal versus England. Not then worst in the bunch. Passable.

Jedward: Put Your Green Cape On

Downer, it’s a rehash of the classic Jedward hit ‘Lipstick’, upside all the monies go to the ISPCC. I suppose the Jedwards were too busy going to Azerbaijan and carrying Olympics torches to do an original.. sad, ruined Lipstick. Kids love it.

Rory and The Island: Boys in Green

Have to be honest, had Rory on my radio show, chatting about this. It all happened by accident, he made up some words and played the song with Sharon Shannon in Lanzarote, where he’s based and some geezer filmed it on his phone so what they thought would be a once off turned into the track you see before you. Nice video, shot in Lanzarote, where all the houses are only allowed to be either green or white, by law.

The Subztitutes: Bring It On

Oops, was forgetting this one, how could I? Mickey Harte teams up with Paul Brady and they play Pied Piper of Grafton St. Decent chorus, Irish enough, easy to remember.

Rockier Road to Poland: Shane McGowan, The Aftermath, Joe Rooney and friends

In some cruel twist of fate, the Cronin brothers decided to get working on this last November only to have the Today FM version come along, ah well, this version features Shane McGowan and a plethora of people I actually know in real life. Yes, the place away from the computer. I love Brian Murphy’s guitar on this. Still a winner!

Andy Bennett: Ireland All The Way

It’s great to see how many charidees are benefiting from all these. This one’s for Temple Street. You might remember Andy Bennett from You’re a Star in 2007, he was a finalist. This track is a more upbeat kind of thing and sing a long able lyrics, not sure it they would make it to the terraces though, sorry seats, seats, you have to sit.

Sean Kelly: The Celtic Roar

Oh Gawd, this reminds me of a particular pirate radio station that broadcast ‘all over the midlands’ in the eighties, Country n Irish to the core… Diddley dee eye dye.. Celtic Bore. Sorry.

The Postronics: Ambitious Minds

First, were excited about Euro 2012, please show this in your music. Suspicious Minds to Ambitious Minds, we’ll let you away with that but could you please sound like you’re actually looking forward to it. Disinterested.. doesn’t make me want to listen. NEXT!

Johnny B & The Boogie Men: Green Army

Thank You! This sounds like a cross between Republic of Loose and Rubberbandits, it’s awesome! Love it. Easy the best of the bunch.. awesome camper van!

Mahoney: We’re On Our Way

I’ve played Mahoney’s music on the radio before and I actually quite like this. It’s well recorded and produced but I think to catch on a football song has to have words you can sing at a game… Apart from a variation on the Olé Olé chorus, there’s not a lot you’d sing at a game. Good song though!

Ill Thraps: We All Get Nil Together

Terrible recording, lads what were you at? Because the song is actually quite funny and has an Irishness you’d find in The Saw Doctors but the recording is so bad, I can’t listen. Sorry.

Traps Green Army: All is Possible (Just Can’t Get Enough)

This was one of the first songs to emerge this year and is extremely clever, has the Irishness, has the Trap bit like ‘Put Em Under Pressure’ had the Jack Charlton bit. Winner! Download the track for free here

The Proud: Emerald Army (Party)

OOh a little bit dancey this one and they got a pub full of Irish jerseys. Probably a little bit too clever for the terraces but this is a definite party tune.. should be heard at every barbeque and discotheque over the next few weeks… would love to hear a full on dance remix!

Brendan and The Blacksticks: Trapp and The Lads

This isn’t actually half bad shows sometimes you shouldn’t judge the song by its video. Will definitely raise the patriotic vibes.. good job.

Giovanni Trappatoni: Be the 12th Player (DJhUactharain)

If Barack O’Bama can do Call Me Baby, Gio Tappatoni can do one better. Fantastic amount of cleverness by DJhUactharain.

The Sneaky Ones: It’s Our Time

This seems a little bit more serious at first, then you see yer man in the camper van is giving it loads. Decent effort.

Owen Branagan: We’re On Our Way

This song is different to all the rest so far, just Owen, his guitar and a chorus of voices. Just misses that extra punch.

Dropkick Murphys and Peakfiddler: We’re Shipping Out (Clap For Trap)

Ah lads, this is the downright ugly. Pure laziness, you could’ve easily recorded this but no.. This has 322533 views on YouTube, would yiz not look at some videos of cats instead no? I love Shipping up to Boston but c’mon – pure shite.

Breen White & Gold: Boys in Green 2-0-1-2

This is a bit better, little bit dancier, and lyrics that are handy enough to remember. If this song was a match result it would be a 1-1.

Jasper Kearns: Song for all Seasons

Finally, we all know the recipe for a successful football song, clever singalong able lyrics, a pub and a bunch of friends having a laugh. Jasper Kearns, you’ve nailed it!

There ye go! That’s all the Irish Football Songs for Euro 2012, there were one or two that wouldn’t let me embed the video, tough, you didn’t make it. After listening to all of these over the past few days, it doesn’t matter how good, bad or downright shite some songs are, we’re all looking forward to hopefully a fantastic couple of weeks. C’mon Ireland!

Edit: I’m finding more every day!

Funzo – The Boys in Green Have Done it Once Again

OK, here’s Funzo’s contribution to the list and fair play, it’s not bad. Word of warning, lads don’t get stuck in the novelty genre. They’ve already had a very Christmas song

Shave or Dye? I Dyed!

ShaveorDyeIDYEDThe past few weeks have been extremely hard. But when I decide to do something, especially something like Today FM’s Shave or Dye, there was no way I would ever not do it.

So yesterday I had hair that covered my ears. I had to go and get ‘prepped’ so the hair was chopped. Today I went into the Style Club to get dyed. I was number 004 on the list. I’m absolutely wrecked so I’ll write a little tomorrow.. Here’s a shot of my head just after it was done. Thanks to Damien, our colourist who is attempting the World Record for most heads dyed in 24 hours. An absolute gent. Thanks to Gill and all the Today FM gang who were so good to us also.

Thanks to everyone who has donated, much appreciated. Don’t forget you can still donate to the Shave or Dye campaign for The Irish Cancer Society at

[Edit: Thanks also to the girl on the 39 bus this morning who gave me a donation on the way in!]

Listen to the Radio…


This weekend has been all about radio.. I reckon if I went back in time to meet the 16 year old me (shudder) I’d be doing the same as I was this weekend (unsure if that’s a good thing or not).

I spent yesterday in the company of some Twitter and new friends at a Radio Workshop run by Brian McColl of I really enjoyed the day, it was informative, easy to understand and was great basically to get my head back in radio space.

Brian pointed out some of the things we take for granted on radio, along with cliches to avoid and other tips.

His special guest speaker was Debbie Allen, who now works on Dublin’s Q102. I found Debbie quite inspirational and listening to her gave me a right kick to get out there and do something.

So I did.

Today I did my first live radio show in about 13 years when I co-presented 11-2 on Hot Country (104.2 / 88.1) with the Legend that is Simon Young.

I was a little on the apprehensive side, not knowing what to expect but it all went swimmingly. We got some real texts from listeners and some great feedback off air from some industry pros. I was gobsmacked as I spoke to Ian Dempsey from Today FM as I waited to do a link 🙂

I always liked American Country, even though I haven’t consciously listened to any lately, I was surprised that I knew most of the songs on our playlist for today's show. When I think about it, the first thing I ever did was make the tea on Eddie Caffrey's Green Scene on LMFM. Another coincidence, LMFM was broadcasting 20 years this week.. time flies.

I've figured out now that I as probably too shy to pursue my radio dream when I was so young. But, I have to say the words of encouragement I've received today from not only family but my new Hot Country Friends and listeners mean this time I'm going to grab every chance with both hands.

The show worked well, myself and Simon clicked, especially when we met for the first time the other night. I'm looking forward to the next 13 weekends on Hot Country 881 and 1042.

Lastly, Jim and Joe, I said it earlier but thank you so much for this chance! Appreciate it – pity the minidisc only recorded 4 minutes..

…nessy out!

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