At the stroke of midnight celebrations began in Dublin to mark a thousand years of the city.

The year-long celebrations were officially launched by the Lord Mayor of Dublin Alderman Carmencita Hederman. 

The citizens of Dublin felt the benefit of the city's birthday with special half fares on board the DART. Even the Mayor took advantage of the cheap fares travelling by DART and got to take control of the train for a section of the journey. 

At the top of the Civic Offices on Wood Quay, amateur radio enthusiasts worked through the night to promote Dublin's birthday worldwide - a fitting location on Dublin's former Viking site.

For Ernie Berkenheier, the job of these radio enthusiasts is to communicate the news of Dublin's birthday throughout the world using the special callsign IE1 Oscar Oscar Oscar. The group hopes to make contact with at least twenty other towns called Dublin across the globe.  

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 1 January 1988. The reporter is Cathy Halloran.