“If you look down on someone, ensure it’s because you’re helping to pick them up”
The motivational closing remarks, that has become the hallmark of his shows.
Irwine Clare was born in what he unwaveringly dubs the best parish; Bamboo St. Ann in Jamaica, West Indies and is a proud alumnus of York Castle High School. Inculcated in communal principles very early by a mother who emphasized the importance of social services, Irwine became a member of the Jamaica Agricultural Society and was instrumental in establishing the district’s basic school and library. He also organized the implementation of improved telecommunication services in the area.
A sense of social responsibility was born and fostered very early, not surprising Irwine has become an accomplished trailblazer.
With a visible yet unrelenting and outstanding service to the Caribbean community, Clare has created platforms that foster change, growth and empowerment. In addition to investing in professional and community development he founded Team Jamaica Bickle, an organization that has resulted in effective participation, sustenance and development of athletes and students, not only from Jamaica, but from other Caribbean territories whose inclusion has fostered better cultural alliances.
A staunch yet modest and effective advocate, one such platform created was media. As an identifiable media personality, once a recognized television talk show host, he now hosts various segments at Irie Jam Radio that airs programs designed to inform its diverse listenership. His delivery and content is compelling, informative and uplifting. Irwine appeals to a passionate, engaging and devoted listenership and he never fails to provide clarity on issues that are germane locally and internationally. Clare remains a fixture not only in Diaspora communities but globally as well and is highly revered in the field of community empowerment. He has had and continues to have guests from all social and political levels extending across various geographical locations and platforms. A pioneering radio platform, the critically acclaimed programs have harnessed and galvanized movements and initiatives that have resulted in hallmark changes locally, and in the Caribbean region.
Irwine Clare Sr., father of Dr. Kayla Clare, Irwine Jr. and grandfather to Zion – he remains resolute in his legacy to be a participant and consultant to the messaging and changes needed for the development of a more equitable society.