by David O’Callaghan

For once, local online radio station Star FM West Cork had their DJs singing songs rather than spinning records, and along with help from several brave and shameless members of the public, they managed to raise €330 in the process.

Friday 3rd August last saw Cotter’s bar invaded by celebrity impersonators, and these well-intentioned, if a little misguided, acts entertained an audience who dug deep and gave generously when the time to buy raffle tickets came around.

The karaoke acts on the night included The Star FM Sex Pistols, Ronan ‘Baby Face’ Keating, Abba Skibbereen, David ‘Earl’ Gray, Adele ‘my next album will be called 40,’ Etta ‘Seven Year Itch’ James, Elton ‘Ive been ridiculously successful for ever’ John, and, last but certainly not least, The Lovelies. The Lovelies stole the show with a re-imagining of a piece of television gold: Father Ted’s Eurovision entry. The judges, however, preferred the entries of those who could actually sing, and named Adele and Elton John as joint winners.

A CoAction representative on the night informed the enthusiastic crowd that hundreds of people in the area use its services on a weekly basis, and went on to say that funding from charity gigs like this is ‘absolutely vital’ to the organisation’s ability to make available said services.

Star FM West Cork is the area’s first online radio station, and has been running for over two years.

Their weekend schedule is jam-packed with vibrant shows featuring a diversity of music. More information can be found at

Interested in getting involved in radio? Star FM West Cork are currently looking for people and would love to hear from you.

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