Raidió Fáilte is an award-winning Irish language radio station, the only one of its kind in all of Ulster. Their modern building hosts tours by request as well as regular events and exhibitions, and has a welcoming bilingual coffee shop, An Lon Dubh on its ground floor.
Community Radio Broadcasting and Training
Raidió Fáilte broadcasts 24 hours every day on 107.1fm throughout the Greater Belfast area and is available worldwide on www.raidiofailte.com. The community radio station has won many awards for its broadcasting, and operates on a cross-community, social-enterprise basis, contributing to neighbourhood regeneration. The radio station is housed in an award-winning, iconic building in the vicinity of Divis Tower and St. Peter’s Cathedral. Regular training opportunities in radio broadcasting are available throughout the year. Many of our broadcasters are volunteers who have been trained in-house … why not improve your Irish language skills whilst having your own radio show broadcast on Raidió Fáilte!
Tours of the Raidió Fáilte building can be arranged by appointment. The tour provides a unique opportunity to learn about the Raidió Fáilte story – how it fits in to overall efforts to promote/preserve the Irish language. Learn about the fascinating history of the growth of the language in Belfast and about the vibrancy of the city’s blossoming Irish language community, all in the setting of a working community radio station.
An Lon Dubh Coffee Shop
The Raidió Fáilte building boasts a welcoming, bilingual coffee shop, An Lon Dubh. The coffee shop serves responsibly-sourced and locally-produced tea and coffee, home-made soup and sandwiches and other delicious treats. Vegetarian and vegan options also available. The friendly Gaelic atmosphere of An Lon Dubh café is a unique experience and is a must-do en route to Belfast’s Peace Walls, Murals and the International Wall. Visitors (and their canine friends) can be sure of an enjoyable and warm welcome during their visit – The site features an outside seating area.
- An Lon Dubh café hosts a regular lunchtime session of traditional Irish music on Saturday afternoon.
- An Lon Dubh operates on a social enterprise basis so your support directly and fully supports the local community by providing additional training and employment opportunities for local people.
Alongside the coffee shop is an exhibition and event space which hosts regular exhibitions dealing with aspects of the Irish Gaelic tradition of the city and beyond, including work by local artists, music, talks, film and other events. Events are open to the public and offer visitors a unique insight into the Irish language and culture in the local area. Check our website or our social media for regular updates and upcoming events.
Raidió Fáilte is delighted to announce that its event area ‘An Lonnán’, is a recognized community area space by Film Hub NI. The area will be host to ‘Club Scannáin Raidió Fáilte’, which will focus on showing of films of local interest, culture, and Irish language, as well as foreign language titles.
Top Reasons To Visit
- Opportunity to experience Irish language and culture first-hand
- 10 min walk from the City Centre- Great place to start (or end) a tour of West Belfast
- Regular events & exhibitions relating to Irish language/culture
- Learn about the history of Raidió Fáilte and its place in the culture of Belfast
- Caifé An Lon Dubh: A unique bilingual café experience with locally-sourced products
Raidió Fáilte: Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm, (Tuesday 9am-10pm)
An Lon Dubh: Wednesday – Saturday, 10-4
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