Privacy Policy

Who we are

Ceol FM is an online music streaming service that specializes in promoting the very best accessibility to the highest quality Irish Traditional and Folk Music 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Our website address is:

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymised string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Who we share your data with

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so Ceol FM can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

No contact details aside from those provided when leaving a comment are requested or retained.


Additional information

The custom Ceol FM servers, the custom website and the innovative broadcasting platform are protected by two layers of firewalls, industry leading anti-virus applications and intrusion detection and prevention systems.The Ceol FM infrastructure is hosted within the Azure cloud and no data ever leaves the Ceol FM servers.

How we protect your data

Excluding the custom Ceol FM software, no files or databases are backed up. Data never leaves the Ceol FM servers. Access to the Ceol FM infrastructure for administrative purposes is restricted to one person. Access is always encrypted and access is via three factor authentication.

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

To facilitate the capture of data to show the countries that Ceol FM is accessed from, IP addresses are stored on the Ceol FM servers. This information is stored in unindexed form in a secured volume. Weekly activity is archived for one month. The process of compiling the listener numbers per country produces a completely anonymised output. IP addresses do not provide any personally identifiable information. This process is automated. Logs are stored in a format that is difficult to read. Scripts have been written to parse this data for the purpose of gathering listener statistics.