RTÉ travelled the country to celebrate 25 years of Irish television and Sligo was the first stop on the anniversary tour.
The RTÉ celebration tour includes national and local television, Radio 1 and 2, the concert orchestra, an exhibition, the Beat on the Street, and lots of balloons.
RTÉ reporter Shay Healy takes to the air with the message 'RTÉ 25 Years On The Air You've Got A Friend'. On the streets of Sligo people, young and old, describe what they like and dislike about RTÉ. The Mayor of Sligo John Harrison says the celebrations were a most enjoyable week of activities. He feels RTÉ serves the north west well and praises the work of correspondent Tommie Gorman.
Tommie Gorman describes some programming that was created for the week and broadcast locally.
It was made up of material from the archives department in RTÉ, material shot in Sligo, Leitrim, Donegal and Derry over the 25 year period.
At an exhibition of television memorabilia which includes an image orthicon camera. Shay Healy speaks to RTÉ historian Paddy Clarke. Paddy describes some of the items in the exhibition including a letter from a lady complaining about comments Gay Byrne had made in the RTÉ Guide about Elvis Presley.
According to Paddy, RTÉ wasn't the first television to be seen in Sligo. In 1939 Sligo man Dermot Tahony had constructed his own television which was able to pick up "reasonably satisfactory pictures".
Dermot Tahony tells Shay Healy that he never imagined that there would be a choice of eight channels.
Commenting on the 25th-anniversary celebrations RTÉ Director General Vincent Finn says
We're a national organisation and we felt that we should extend the celebrations of the 25th anniversary to major centres all around the country.
The RTÉ Anniversary Tour also took in Galway, Limerick, Killarney, Cork, Kilkenny, Athlone, Cavan and Dundalk.
This episode of 'Evening Extra' was broadcast on 29 April 1987. The reporter is Shay Healy.