Douglas Hyde Opens 2RN 1 January 1926

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Douglas Hyde, founder of the Gaelic League and later first President of the Irish Free State, officially opens 2RN.

  • Title
    First Radio Broadcast From 2RN
  • 1st Broadcast
    01/01/1926
  • Clip Duration
    00:01:16
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Clip title
    Douglas Hyde Opens 2RN 1 January 1926
  • Extended description

    Douglas Hyde, founder of the Gaelic League and later first President of the Irish Free State, officially opens 2RN.

    Listen here to an extract from Douglas Hyde's address at the opening of 2RN on 1 January 1926. Speaking in Irish, Hyde talks of his hope for radio as a unifying force for Irish listeners.

  • Information

    2RN began broadcasting from a studio and office at 36 Little Denmark Street, Dublin. The transmitter was a 1.5 KW Marconi Q type, broadcasting on 390 meters from a hut in McKee Barracks beside the Phoenix Park.

    The station call-sign was originated by the British Post Office, the authority responsible at that time, and the name 2RN was thought to be inspired by the last three syllables of the song title "Come Back To Erin".

    The photograph accompanying this clip shows Séamus Hughes the first full time 2RN announcer.

    The photographer was Joseph Cashman

    © RTÉ Stills Library 0508/035

  • Local keywords
    Douglas Hyde, Broadcast Media, Séamus Hughes, 2RN, RTÉ, Broadcasting, Radio, Media
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    The Media
  • First broadcast channel
    2RN
  • Production year
    1926
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    BB12739
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Language used
    Irish (gle)
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