About Folk Radio


Folk Radio is a public art project in the form of a new artist-led radio station based at X-PO in Kilnaboy, a village in the heart of the Burren community in Co. Clare, and is commissioned through Clare County Council’s Gaining Ground programme.

Folk Radio engages the wider and existing communities active in and around X-PO. This former post office is a site for cultural and community exchange, initiated as a public art project in 2007 by artist Deirdre O’Mahony.

Today its numerous activities include a weekly singing meet-up, skills exchange workshops, historical talks, a film club and a mapping group, all run by volunteers from the area.

Led by artist Tom Flanagan, the X-PO community are in the process of making sound recordings, audio works and programmes exploring the hinterlands of North West Clare.

Podcasts of original sound works and events including the X-PO Heritage Talks series will be added to this site as the project progresses and can be found on our Listen/Watch page.

Folk Radio will go live with analogue FM radio broadcasts in February 2020 over a set period of 14 days.

To celebrate the launch of the station, a live broadcast event hosted by Folk Radio at X-PO, inviting local artists, community groups, politicians and policy makers to a series of talks and a discussion forum on the potential of radio and creative practices, and the challenges of rural life in West Clare.

Lead Artist: Tom Flanagan
Project Curator / Producer: Anne Mullee
Artist / Consulting Curator: Deirdre O’Mahony