Priest Director

Welcome to Radio Maria Ireland! Thank you for checking out our website and for taking the time to listen in. This is YOUR Catholic Radio Station.

Appointed by kind permission of my Bishop, William Crean, of the Diocese of Cloyne, Ireland, it is my privilege to minister full-time in the task of faith-filled-formation that is Catholic talk-radio offered as it is under the generous auspices and the direction of the World Family of Radio Maria.

As a family, our staff and volunteers are working diligently to provide an interesting range of programmes to suit all ages and tastes by way of Prayer, Catechesis and Human Formation. We do hope that the lively discussions and uplifting music are both engaging and informative. May we encourage you to become an active participant in the work and in the broadcasting too? We do need your help if we are to continue growing.

You may wish to visit our studio to look ‘behind the scenes’, to sit at the microphone for prayer time and maybe even share your faith journey with our listeners. Wherever you are, you are welcome to join us live on air for prayer and interaction. You may get in touch with me by entering your details below.

May God richly bless you and your family, 

                                   Fr. Eamonn McCarthy


Guided by a spirit of sacrifice and with faith and trust in the Maternal Mediation of Our Blessed Lady, Radio Maria has overcome many obstacles on its global journey of spreading the Good News. 

Prayer is the life and soul of Radio Maria and is the bedrock of its programming. The saying: “The family that prays together stays together” (Fr Patrick Peyton, CSC) holds true with Radio Maria. Prayer helps build a world family – it creates a deep, intimate and very personal relationship with God, thus creating a vital communion among its listeners.


Prayer at Radio Maria is at its best when broadcast live and interactively, allowing listeners the opportunity of a concrete experience of fraternal communion. Cardinal Christoph Schonborn (Archbishop of Vienna) once said: “The unique characteristic of Radio Maria is that it builds an authentic family.”

Radio Maria invites its listeners – those who are regular and those who happen upon Radio Maria by chance – the opportunity to come closer to God through prayer. Throughout the day and night, the programming schedule is interspersed with prayer, including: The Office of Readings, Morning (Lauds), Midday, Evening (Vespers) and Night Prayer, the recitation of the Holy Rosary and the Angelus. The high point of our day, is of course, the celebration of Holy Mass. Radio Maria seeks to harmonise with the rhythm of the daily prayer of the Church.


Other programmes include the opportunity for listeners themselves to phone in requesting prayers and, indeed, draw solace from the priest on air. Given this central place of prayer, every Radio Maria station, including Radio Maria Ireland, has a chapel where staff, volunteers and members of the public can come to pray with the listeners. Together, we experience the presence of Jesus who said: “For where two or three are gathered in My name, there am I in the midst of them” (Mt 18:20). Prayer allows us to experience the Holy Spirit breathing life on the entire project.

The strong bonds through prayer between Radio Maria and its listeners, become important channels of spreading the Gospel and God’s love for all.

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