The 1960s saw the arrival of an Irish television service Telefís Éireann to accompany Radio Éireann. Television began broadcasting on New Year's Eve 1961. In 1966 the corporate name would place both services under the name RTÉ (Radio Telefís Éireann).
Shown here are examples of some of the factual and entertainment programmes that began broadcsting during the 1960s. The cover of the first RTV Guide (which would later become The RTÉ Guide) and the listing for the first evenings viewing on Telefís Éireann can also be seen.
The front cover of the first edition of the radio and televsion listings magazine 'The RTV Guide'.
An aerial view of the RTÉ complex photographed in 1969. RTÉ staff began to move from Henry Street to the new purpose built television studios in 1961.
President of Ireland Eamon de Valera launches new television service and warns that, "...never before was there in the hands of men an instrument so powerful to influence the thoughts and actions of the multitude." The address is in both Irish and English.
A page from the 'RTV Guide' showing what was on television on the opening night of Telefís Éireann (RTÉ).
The first three television continuity announcers tour Ireland before the opening night of Irish television.
Thousands turn out to see former Hollywood star Grace Kelly now Princess Grace and Prince Rainier of Monaco in June 1961.
As part of the Patrician Year celebrations, the papal legate Cardinal Agagianian blessed the foundation stone to a memorial of Our Lady at Ringsend.
Award for Charles Mitchel RTE Television's first newsreader.
An article about a special edition of the popular programme 'The School Around the Corner.'
An extract from 'Radharc' a series produced for RTÉ by Catholic priests. Reporter Father Peter Lemass visits Glenties the tidiest town in Ireland.
The closing stages of the first Irish Sweeps Derby which was broadcast by RTÉ on 30 June 1962.
An extract from a 1965 edition of 'The Late Late Show' Ireland's long running chat show.
An extract from 'Modern Mathematics for Juniors'. Frank Anderson explains equations on the junior modern mathematics curriculum.
An extract from an episode of 'The Riordans'. 'The Riordans' was Ireland's first soap set in a rural background and was first broadcast on 4 January 1965.
An extract from the series 'Telefís Feirme' (Farm Television) an agricultural series providing information and instruction for Irish farmers.
As part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising, President Eamon de Valera takes a salute from units of the Defence Forces at the General Post Office in O'Connell Street.
The opening title sequence from the current affairs series '7 Days' which began broadcasting 26 September 1966
The much loved and fondly remembered children's drama 'Wanderly Wagon' was first broadcast on 30 September 1967.
Here is an extract from the 1971 Christmas edition Godmother is having trouble with the mice.
A bomb blast causes damage to RTÉ Television studios
An extract from a debate on 'The Late Late Show' on the issues raised in the book 'Sit Down and Be Counted' written by the former RTÉ producers Lelia Doolin, Jack Dowling and Bob Quinn.