2RN covered the World Eucharistic Congress in Dublin in 1932 using the new high-powered 60kw transmitter (later increased to 100 kw) installed at Athlone.
Listeners heard the voice of John McCormack singing at High Mass. The event was also relayed by the BBC and several national stations in continental Europe. This was the largest event broadcast in the early years of Irish radio. By this time over 30,000 licences had been issued in the Irish Free State.
Michael Curley, Archbishop of Baltimore, (Washington) celebrates the Pontifical High Mass in the Phoenix Park during the 31st International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin, 1932.
On 6 February 1933, Taoiseach Eamon de Valera officially opened the new high-powered RTÉ radio station located at Athlone in the centre of the country.
Sponsored programmes were the main means of advertising in the early days of radio broadcasting. Here is the closing sequence from the long running 'Irish Hospitals' Sweepstakes' programme.
Dr T.J. Kiernan, Director of Radio 1935-40 succeeded Séamus Clandillon as Director of Broadcasting. He was transferred from the Department of External Affairs when an interview board failed to agree an appointment.
Kiernan set up local programme committees nationwide and developed talks and drama. During his time the poet W.B. Yeats was interviewed for radio. Sadly this recording does not survive.
Listeners choose 'O'Donnell Abú as the identification tune signal for the Irish national station.
Broadcaster and sports commentator, best-known for commentary of GAA games and horse-racing, Michael O'Hehir gave his first commentary when Galway defeated Monaghan in the All-Ireland Senior Football Semi-Final at Cusack Park in Mullingar.
Roibeard Ó Faracháin became the first Talks Officer in 1939, dealing with arts, features and discussion programmes.
The poet and playwright Austin Clarke recalls his association with early radio.
The earliest surviving Radio Éireann recording of a weather forecast from 1939. Bernadette Plunkett announces that the "...Outlook for Saturday similar."