Manchester Pensioners March in Parade to Save Ireland’s LW 252

Manchester Irish Festival 2019

A group of Manchester Pensioners led by Margaret Golden are to march in this years St Patrick’s Day Parade in a last ditch attempt to save the broadcasting of Ireland’s RTE Longwave 252 radio programme.

The much loved radio programme provides a link for the Irish Diaspora living in the UK with all the news and sport from back home. Margaret has managed to gather fifty volunteers to march in the parade to represent their County by wearing a specially created sash.

When asked about why she got involved in the parade Margaret who Irish roots stem from Stonefield near Belmullet in Mayo replied “In 2014 when they first threatened to pull LW252 off the air in the UK a dear friend of mine, Fergus Wood (who has since died RIP) asked me what are we going to do when LW252 goes off the air? Although the station has had a reprieve they are still thinking about taking it off the air in the UK. That is why we decided to do something at this years Parade, it started out with just me and my two friends Mary Collins and Myra Butler but we have not got 50 and who knows if the sons and grandsons of those people that listen to the station join in we might get 252!”

If people want to join in with the group Margaret will be standing outside the Irish World Heritage after the 10am Mass in Gaelic with her placard saying Save LW252. People can get the tram to the Irish World Heritage Centre at Queens Road direct from Victoria Train Station, the tram stop is just yards from the centre.