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.

Panel: Liam de Siún, Roger Lloyd, Ian Biggar, Eddie Bohan and Dr Don Moore

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.

A great panel of radio heads talk radio with Dónal Greene: Liam de Siún (BLB), Roger Lloyd (aka Prince Terry – Radio Dublin), Ian Biggar (DX Archive), Eddie Bohan (Irish Broadcasting Hall of Fame) and Dr Don Moore (ARD).

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.

image via dxarchive.com

Lecture: Eddie Bohan

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.

The keynote speaker was Eddie Bohan (Irish broadcast historian). The talk looks at the first one hundred years of political pirate radio in Ireland.

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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.

Aircheck: Centre Radio, 30-31.12.1988

Aircheck of northeast Dublin Pirate Centre Radio recorded from 23:on 30 30.12.88 to 05:30 on 31.12.1988. On air overnight is Bobby Gibbson (aka Brian Greene). Centre had just finished broadcasting a live variety concert from its studio location at the Mid Sutton Community Centre from 8pm-11pm. The decision was taken to broadcast through the night for the last time before the closedown at midnight on the 31st.

Jingles: Radio Dublin

Radio Dublin was Ireland’s longest running pirate radio station. It broadcast from 1966 until 2003 and was at its peak in the early to mid 1980s on 253m/1188KHz and 6910 kHz shortwave.

Here are a number of station idents and jingles.

Two iconic 253 jingles from the late 70s.
A top of the hour jingle from 1988. The FM transmitter had moved to 105 but the station was still announcing 98.8 also!
Radio Dublin relayed other stations frequently during its long existence including World Music Radio. This recording is from 1987. After midnight on 01.01.89 when it defied the new law, it relied on WMR tapes for the first few days before resuming live programming.

You can hear a recording from Radio Dublin’s popular Dusty’s Trail programme here and an interview with former station manager Joe Rossa (aka Joe Doyle) here.