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"Upbeat on Air" Ireland's first all-digital pop-up radio station will broadcast all week for Mental Health Awareness Week.  Pictured were Alan Shortt, Alison Canavan, Ruth Scott and Shay Byrne.  Picture Jason Clarke Photography

"Upbeat on Air" Ireland's first all-digital pop-up radio station will broadcast all week for Mental Health Awareness Week. Pictured were Alan Shortt, Alison Canavan, Ruth Scott and Shay Byrne. Picture Jason Clarke Photography

"Upbeat on Air" Ireland's first all-digital pop-up radio station will broadcast all week for Mental Health Awareness Week. Pictured were Alan Shortt, Alison Canavan, Ruth Scott and Shay Byrne. Picture Jason Clarke Photography

Pharrell Williams's hit song 'Happy' has been voted Ireland's favourite upbeat song by listeners to 'Upbeat On Air', a digital pop up radio station broadcasting all this week for Mental Health Awareness Week.

Almost 2000 people cast their votes to nominate their favourite upbeat songs for the top spot. Only 20 votes separated Pharrell Williams’ winning song and the first runner up ‘Walking on Sunshine’ by Katrina & the Waves.

Other top contenders included ‘Wagon Wheel’ by Nathan Carter, ‘Get Lucky’ by Daft Punk, ‘Heroes’ by David Bowie, ‘Free Spirit’ by Jedward and ‘Shake it Off’ by Taylor Swift.

Listeners can tune in to ‘Upbeat on Air’ on 99.5fm and online at www.upbeat.ie until Friday October 10.  It is broadcast live from St Patrick’s Mental Health Services from Monday to Thursday and the week will conclude with a live broadcast from RTE on Friday.

With the help of a host of well-known presenters, the aim of the station is to inform listeners on the importance of mental health and the need to take steps at an early stage.

The line-up includes:

Breakfast Show 7-10am: Theresa Lowe & Alan Shortt (Monday 6th – Friday 10th inclusive)

Morning Show – 10-1pm: Shay Byrne & Alison Canavan (Monday 6th – Friday 10th inclusive) 

Afternoon Show – 1-4pm: Paddy Cullivan, Musician, The Late Late Show House Band, produced by Paddy McKenna. (Monday 6th – Friday 10th inclusive)

Evening Show – 4-7pm: Ruth Scott (Monday 6th), Geri Maye (Tuesday 7th), Nikki Hayes (Wednesday 8th),  Eoghan McDermott (Thursday 9th) and Sheana Keane (Friday 10th) are presenting one show each.

Night Show – 7-10pm: Karina Buckley (Monday 6th – Friday 10th inclusive)

In addition to the above line up there will be a few guest presenters popping in throughout the week including Michael Doherty who will do movie reviews and will also look at how Hollywood has tackled the theme of mental health in movies

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Paul Gilligan, CEO of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, said, “The importance of seeking support and professional advice at an early stage, to deal with mental health issues, cannot be emphasised enough.

"Very often people can be afraid to take the first courageous steps towards recovery. We hope that ‘Upbeat On Air’ will get people talking about the importance of mental health so we can make some steps towards removing the stigma often associated with mental health.”


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