Leigh McGowran is a freelance journalist who studied in DCU, with interests in the environment, film, and radio. He strives to be a "jack of all trades" in journalism, with a focus on long-form writing and radio presenting.
Before a fat, oils and grease inspection programme began in 2008, there were more than 1,000 blockages a year in Dublin city.
RTÉ broadcaster Bryan Dobson tells Leigh McGowran about his times in Southside Radio and Radio Nova in the early 1980s.
Patricia Loughlan from Raheny tells you her story as a DXer, listening to covert stations from Santry to behind the Iron Curtain to Australia.
In this interview, Brian Kelly tells Leigh McGowran about his pirate radio past in Dublin and Wicklow and explains the reasons why he is keeping AM radio alive.
Ken O'Sullivan worked at pirates in Cork (WKLR) and Dublin (Capitol-Nitesky) in the 1980s and is still working in radio today with LMFM.
Evidence of interviews done for DCU Pirate Radio Archive, with Wireless FM
The Green News
June 18th, 2018 RTÉ Investigates is set to undercover the increasing problem of illegal dumping and how councils regulate and prosecute waste offenders this evening. The investigative team went undercover over the last six months to investigate the issue and will present its findings at 9.35pm
July 14th, 2018 Leading conservation groups have called on the Government to urgently limit trawling within Irish coastal waters due to the negative environmental and economic impacts caused. Responding to a public consultation on trawling activity inside the six nautical mile zone, the groups
July 8th, 2018 The Government has made little progress in protecting Irish waters and endangered sea life according to a new report from the Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT). Released today, the report indicates that Ireland has failed to establish a network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) to the l
June 6th, 2018 A crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for a legal challenge against a planned incinerator in Cork Harbour has collected over €37,000 in five days.
June 6th, 2018 The GAA has banned single-use plastics such as straws, coffee cups and cutlery from Croke Park, joining companies across Ireland taking steps to reduce their plastic waste. The stadium will start to serve tea and coffee in compostable cups this weekend as the GAA moves to remove
June 5th, 2018 Exposure to PVC plastic could increase the risk of obesity and prediabetes in humans, a new study shows. The study published in Environmental Health Perspectives indicates that dibutyltin (DBT), a chemical found in PVC, could be increasing obesity and diabetes rates. Research
May 31st, 2018 Permission to build a controversial €160 million waste incinerator in Cork Harbour was granted today. This is the third time since 2001 that the waste firm Indaver Ireland has proposed the building of an incinerator in Ringaskiddy to take in 240,000 tonnes of waste a year. Ea
May 30th, 2018 A new stationless bike scheme was launched in Dublin this morning, with 200 bikes launched immediately. Licenses were granted to two companies, Urbo and Bleeperbike, who will operate the new scheme. Increases in the number of bikes available are planned, with reviews on a monthl
May 25th, 2018 A European Commission analysis has found that Ireland has made limited progress in decarbonising large parts of the economy and will not meet its 2020 climate goals with its existing mitigation efforts. The Commission's Country Report of Ireland for 2018 states that additional e
May 24th, 2018 The number of cyclists in Dublin is higher than ever despite decreased government investment in cycling infrastructure, new data has shown. The Canal Cordon Report 2017 outlines the total number of people entering the city centre between 7am and 10am since 2006. The report sh
May 23rd, 2018 Humans have caused the loss of 83 per cent of all wild mammals despite representing only 0.01 per cent of all living things, a new study shows.
May 18th, 2018 The UK Government has announced that it aims to find suitable alternatives to wet wipes that can be disposed of easier by consumers despite media reports that it planned to ban them outright.
May 22nd, 2018 The government has started to process balancing payments under an agri-environment scheme to farmers, however, many participants have been deemed ineligible for payments. The balancing payments represent 15 per cent of the 2017 year payment to farmers in the Green Low-Carbon Agr
May 16th, 2018 During the event packed National Biodiversity Week (19 - 27 May), there are many opportunities to take part in bat walks and learn more about the only mammal capable of true powered flight. There are nine different species of bats across Ireland, and are all insectivorous (they
May 16, 2018 A Chinese lantern event set to take place at Punchestown, Co Kildare this August may not have the required safety permission for the event to go ahead.
May 15th, 2018 Renewable energy now employs 10.3 million people globally, a 5.3 per cent increase from 2017, with solar energy being the largest employer. Predictions are now being made that renewable energy will be as cheap as oil consistently by 2020. Similar predictions were being made i
May 10th, 2018 Increasing the excise duty on diesel to the level of petrol could bring in up to €500 million a year and reduce our emission levels, the Oireachtas Committee on Budgetary Oversight heard on Tuesday. Speaking before the Committee, Professor Edgar Morgenroth presented the findings
Details of Leigh Mc Gowran's Portfolio Work
The College View
The College View spoke to students about their experiences balancing education both in secondary school and third-level education. This followed reports that one in five students aged 15 and over have a part time job while in school, according to the Irish Examiner. "I got my first job doing gardens part time at 16.
The Helix hosted incredible singing and dance routines as DCU's Glee performed on Monday 26th March. Their yearly showcase featured a live band, dramatic lighting and a variety of songs. The show included both group and solo performances.
Dean O'Reilly, the chairperson of DCU's LGBT society, said that there were roughly 25 students from DCU who showed their support in the march. "Events like this are mainly created by organisations like the Union of Students in Ireland, but this one was organised by two students: Luke Daly and Noah Halpin, which I feel is really important for the community," said O'Reilly.
Wellness Wednesday events are in full swing in the Glasnevin Campus of DCU to encourage students to be in touch with their physical and mental health in college. Sorcha Murphy, the Chairperson of DCU's Mental Health Society, explained that Wellness Wednesdays used to only be in the St Patrick's College, and have now moved to Glasnevin Campus.
DCU's STEAM Hackathon is first of it's kind in Ireland and took place in St Patrick's College's main auditorium. President of DCU Brian MacCraith spoke at the event and explained it's origins in a strategic partnership with Intel.