Saint Ita’s Hospital Radio is located at St Ita’s Hospital in St Patrick’s Parish, Portrane, Donabate, Co. Dublin. It broadcasts on 89.5 fm locally and globally via an online stream. The Station's first broadcast in December 1983, using home-made equipment, from a storeroom at the hospital. One of the services providedin those early days was a cable television service which piped movies to the wards. With the arrival of cheap VCR's , the requirement for this service diminished and it was discontinued.
St Ita’s Hospital Radio was the first radio station in Ireland to receive one of the new broadcast licenses when the Minister for Communications of the day introduced the broadcasting bill in the late 1980s. The station operated from a modern studio with professional equipment in compliance with the criteria laid down by the Broadcast Authority of Ireland under a 10 year licence until early 2020 when a structual fault necessetated the closure of the studio.
Upon the arrival of Covid 19 before a new studio could be opened and Govenmenet restrictions regarding social distancing and working from home being implemented the station continued to operate remotely for all of 2020 . AT first this was with previously recorded programming. At the end of 2020 with no sign of restrictions lifting our technical team started to work on giving our presenters the ability broadcast live from their own homes . This was implememnt in early January 2021 and has been a huge success to date. In the picture you can see Christine presenting her Program live from her home.
Due to overcrowding at the Richmond Hospital in 1892 it was decided to build an additional asylum for the Dublin region, covering counties Dublin, Louth, and Wicklow. Portrane House, the early eighteenth-century home of the Evans family surrounded by a 460 acre demesne, was selected as a suitable site. In August 1894 a limited architectural competition was staged to select a suitable design for the asylum. George Coppinger Ashlin (1837-1921), the partnership of Carroll & Batchelor (formed 1892), and William Kaye-Parry (1853-1932) were the finalists. Despite its higher estimated price,...
We believe that Quality Control is an important part in the running of our Radio Service. This begins at the point of entry for new volunteers, and commences with an induction afternoon where new staff can become acquainted with the service. Underpinning such a quality service there is a need for good communication to exist throughout the organisation and among those involved. Any system of Quality Control should have accountability, responsibility, and measurability included in it. The Station Manager has overall responsibility for quality control and compliance. All of our output is...
Our aim is to provide an entertaining and informative service for our service users. The careful blend of music based shows, specialist programmes and the music request programmes and competitions helps to form bonds in a therapeutic way between residents, relatives and staff of the Hospital.
Volunteers new to presenting undergo a period whereby they attend training sessions in order to become confident and proficient in operating the studio equipment. When a level of confidence and competence has been achieved, the volunteers are then invited to join the presentation staff, and...