Interview: Eoin Ronayne (WLR)

On October 20th 2018 over 100 radio anoraks gathered in the Ballsbridge Hotel Dublin. The purpose was to meet and record oral history of the pirate radio era.

Eoin Ronayne talks about his days at WLR, his path to journalism and RTE Radio 2. The interviewer is John Walsh and was broadcast on Wireless on Flirt FM in November 2018.

Date: 20/10/2018

Interview: Enda Caldwell (Atlantic 252)

On October 20th 2018 over 100 radio anoraks gathered in the Ballsbridge Hotel Dublin. The purpose was to meet and record oral history of the pirate radio era.

Enda Caldwell is the youngest (and youngest-looking) radio journeyman. He is to radio what Ian Botham is to cricket, an all-round good guy. Enda discusses his past and radio’s future in a frank full-on way. If you love radio this much, you just have to listen. The interviewer is Dónal Greene.

Interview: Eamonn O’Connor

On October 20th 2018 over 100 radio anoraks gathered in the Ballsbridge Hotel Dublin. The purpose was to meet and record oral history of the pirate radio era.

Eammon O’Connor is a radio enthusiast and ham radio operator from Raheny in Dublin 5. He is very well known to the AM pirate operators of the 1970s from his correspondence with stations. Eamonn spoke to Dónal Greene about his radio memories.

Interview: Derek Jones (Radio Valleri)

One of Ireland’s longest serving DJs and radio operators, Derek Jones sat down to tell his radio story, from AM Raidió Bhaile Átha Cliath (Radio Dublin) in the 1960s, to his long running SW station Radio Valleri, to Christmas FM and Retro FM. Derek also discusses his favourite radio memories including his nine years on Radio Caroline Dublin in Sutton.

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Interview: Maureen Maguire

On July 29th 2017, East Wall History Group held the Sarah Lundberg Summer School, this year focusing on another great interest of Sarah’s, pirate radio. In this edited interview Alan MacSimóin (RIP) talks to Maureen Maguire about political pirate radio in Ireland including Radio Sinn Féin. In this extract she talks about her time with Margaretta D’Arcy (Radio Pirate Woman) in Galway.

Interview: Paul Allen (Sunshine Radio)

On October 20th 2018 over 100 radio anoraks gathered in the Ballsbridge Hotel Dublin. The purpose was to meet and record oral history of the pirate radio era.

Paul Allen (aka Paul King) was involved in East Coast Radio, BLB, WLR & Sunshine Radio on air. He also worked on the Sunshine Radio Review.

Interview: Eddie Caffrey (Radio Rainbow International, Radio Fax)

On October 20th 2018 over 100 radio anoraks gathered in the Ballsbridge Hotel Dublin. The purpose was to meet and record oral history of the pirate radio era.

We met Eddie Caffrey (aka Heady Eddie) at the event and spoke about the shortwave radio scene in Ireland, in particular Radio Rainbow International and Radio Fax.