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Ireland Calling

Originally created in August 1990 and still going strong some 25 years later, Ireland Calling provides the Irish community in New Zealand and those interested in Irish happenings with the latest in Irish news. Providing updates on all major news stories that have happened in Ireland over the previous week, as well as the latest in Irish music, Oliver Lee delivers a “weekly Irish hour” designed to connect listeners to the beautiful country of Ireland.

Producing interviews with visiting Irish politicians, businessmen, musicians and sportsmen and women, among many others, Ireland Calling also provides listeners with up-to-date activities and events happening in the Irish community throughout the country. In order to report on the most current news Oliver speaks with Irish journalists weekly, receiving the latest in Irish news and headlines. 

As both producer and presenter, Oliver Lee has a passion for all things Irish. Originating from Galway in the West of Ireland but calling New Zealand home since 1989, Oliver saw the need for a radio show that updated the Irish community on events happening in Ireland and in the local Irish community.

Highlights of the show include interviews with Mary Robinson (Irish President), Jim Bolger (New Zealand Prime Minister) and many Irish musicians, including Christy Moore, Marty Black, Daniel O’Donnell and Ronnie Drew. Oliver loves the opportunity to bring news and events happening in Ireland to the Irish community in New Zealand, and loves to receive listener feedback – so please do not hesitate to get in touch!

Produced in the Planet FM studios in Auckland (one of our Community Access Radio partners) and broadcast over Access Radio Wellington, Kapiti Coast Radio and Plains FM here in Canterbury, Oliver Lee delivers an Irish connection to those who now call New Zealand home.

For more information on Oliver, please visit his website at 

You can hear it on PlainsFM every Saturday at 8pm
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