RTÉ releases recordings of traditional music, books, drama and social history for sale on cassette tape.

RTÉ Radio producer Kieran Sheedy tells Colm Connolly about the first recordings released for sale.

The collection includes:

  • Ciarán Mac Mathúna recordings of traditional Irish music over the last thirty years called 'The Traditional Music of Clare and Kerry'.
  • A six-hour long reading of 'Knocknagow' which comes on four cassettes. 
  • An audio book 'Nineteen Acres' written by journalist John Healy and read by Peadar Lamb. 
  • A dramatisation of Tom Murphy's play 'Bailegangaire' with Neasa Ní Annracháin and Ann Marie Horan. 

The cassettes are available on mail order from the Radio Cassette Department at RTÉ. They are also available by dropping into the regional studios in Galway, Limerick, and Cork. 

If this venture is a success, the plan is to extend the range available. Kieran Sheedy points out that

There's a marvellous amount of material in our archives. It's just a matter for us to pick and choose which ones.

The report  shows RTÉ reporter Jim Fahy making recordings for his radio series 'Looking West'.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 16 November 1987. The reporter is Colm Connolly.