Turn that dial to Our Lady!

Aidan O’Rourke and Alanna Bradley of Radio Maria (Credit: Caoimhín Ó Leacháin)

Spiritual comfort during this time of the Coronavirus 

Radio Maria’s humble beginnings started in a local Italian parish, Arcellasco, in the province of Como in the 1980s. Today, 75 Radio Maria stations currently operate around the world. In Ireland, Radio Maria’s mission is to bring Christ into every Irish house through home-produced programmes that serve the spiritual, educational and social needs of listeners.

Alanna Bradley, from Meath and student of History and Politics, works part-time in the editorial department. Alanna believes the station can impact the youth, “because Radio Maria has such a broad range of programs and because it has such a large stock of podcast files – 1,000 hours of them – I think, Radio Maria is a fantastic resource for my generation,” she explains.

Aidan O’Rourke, Editor and Manger with Radio Maria who helps to facilitate the different programs sees the station’s role in the new evangelisation “as a medium that can reach out to the ends of the world in a split second. In Ireland we need mediums like Radio Maria to promote the good news in the Church; to be a positive voice for the Church in Ireland.”

When most people are focused on the Coronavirus, Fr. Eamon McCarthy, the Director of the Station, invites those who can’t attend Mass or who wish to enjoy hearing more about their faith to tune in anytime as Radio Maria Ireland broadcasts 24 hours a day seven days a week.