A pioneering venture in telecommunications between Europe and the North America in 1919.
'Newsbeat' reports on the first radio signal to be sent from east to west across the Atlantic from Kerry to Novia Scotia.
Hello Canada. Hello Canada. This is the Marconi valve transmitter station, Ballybunion, Ireland calling on a wave length of 3800 metres. Can you hear me? Please report signals.
These were the first spoken words transmitted across the Atlantic from east to west. They were spoken by W.T. Ditcham, a Marconi radio engineer, in the seaside town of Ballybunion, Co. Kerry, in March 1919.
The aerial masts through which the first transatlantic message was sent stood high in the sky over the former Marconi building in Ballybunion, which is now an Irish college. These masts were erected by steeplejack Michael Daly, who tells reporter Seamus McConville about his work at the station and shares his memories of Ditcham. Another employee, Jack O'Callaghan, describes how he had transported the mast and equipment from Listowel to Ballybunion, firstly by horse and then by steam tractor.
The first west to east voice transmission had already taken place in October 1915.
This episode of Newsbeat was broadcast on 18 May 1965.
'Newsbeat' was a half hour feature programme which ran on television from Monday to Friday from September 1964 to June 1971. Reporting on stories from around the country, 'Newsbeat' covered affairs of the day with contributions from print journalists and RTÉ news staff.