Northeast series: Balbriggan Festival Breakaway Radio (1982)

Northeast series: Balbriggan Festival Breakaway Radio (1982)
Balbriggan Harbour (photo by Brian Greene)

Balbriggan Festival Breakaway Away was a temporary annual station set up by Boyneside Radio in the north Dublin town of Balbriggan. Broadcasting for a week in early June from 1981 to 1985 to coincide with the local festival, it was based in the Balbriggan Shopping Centre and came on air daily from 12 noon. In this promo from 1982, 225 metres is announced, the same as Boyneside in Drogheda but the pop-up station actually used 1323 kHz, two channels away from 1305. Output was about 500 watts from two 813 valves, given it a decent coverage area. Balbriggan Festival Breakaway Radio broadcast for a week in early June every year. The station was logged by Anoraks UK in June 1985 on 1494 kHz.

We thank Eddie Caffrey for sharing this recording of a little-known satellite station of Boyneside.

Northeast series: Boyneside Radio (1982)

Northeast series: Boyneside Radio (1982)
Eddie Caffrey in Boyneside Radio in 1982 (photo courtesy of Eddie Caffrey)

By 1983, the split in pirate radio in Drogheda was resolved, the short-lived television experiment was over and Boyneside was united again. This allowed it to focus on the core business of doing local radio at which it was best. Here are two short recordings giving a flavour of the station around that time.

The first recording is of an ad break during the popular traditional Irish ‘Green Scene’ show with Eddie Caffrey recorded on 30th October 1983. The ‘Green Scene’ is still presented by Eddie on LMFM and is the longest-running programme on Irish commercial radio. The second recording is from 30th November 1983 and counts down the weekly Boyneside Top 40.

Thanks to Eddie Caffrey for sharing these recordings.

Aircheck: Radio Renmore

Aircheck: Radio Renmore
Gary Hardiman at Radio Renmore, 1983 (photo courtesy of Gary Hardiman).

Radio Renmore was one of a number of short-lived low-powered Galway pirates in the early 1980s. It broadcast from August 1983 until early 1985 from a converted garage in the eastern suburb of Renmore with a power of 5 watts on 101 FM. Set up by three teenagers, Gary Hardiman, Tom Breen and Brendan Mee, Radio Renmore broadcast from Brendan’s garage during the school holidays. It was known as Radio Snowflake when it returned at Christmas 1983. The station moved to the house of Brian Walsh in the summer of 1984 and changed its name to Renmore Local Radio. The better site next to Lough Atalia boosted its signal into the city. These undated recordings are from 1983 and 1984 and include station promos, news and adverts for local businesses.

Aircheck: Radio Renmore
Renmore at Lough Atalia (photo by John Walsh).

We thanks Brendan Mee for background information and for the recording and Gary Hardiman for photos. Tomorrow we bring you an interview with Tom Breen about his memories of this and other small Galway hobby stations.

Aircheck: Radio Renmore
Brendan Mee at the decks on Radio Renmore, c. 1984 (photo courtesy of Brendan Mee).