The main evening news, a special announcement from the Department of Agriculture and radio programmes for the following day.
A commemoration mass was held at the Pro Cathedral in Dublin in memory of those who lost their lives in the 1916 Rising twenty four years ago. An Taoiseach Éamon de Valera attended the mass along with around seven hundred people including survivors of the Easter Rising and relatives of those who lost their lives. The mass was organised at the bequest of the Easter Week Commemoration Committee. Following the mass, members of the United Dublin Garrisons of the old IRA paraded down Dublin's O’Connell Street pausing outside the General Post Office (GPO).
Celebrations take place in Italy today to mark the foundation of Rome and coincide with Labour Day celebrations. Signor Benito Mussolini made a brief appearance on the balcony of the Palazzo Venezia and told the Italian people to work and arm for their nation.
Signor Giovanni Ansaldo, director of the 'Telegrafo' newspaper urged all Italians to work hard for a better future for Italy. He spoke about the conquest of Abyssinia describing it as the greatest political and military exercise in the history of fascism.
The future of Italy depended solely on Italian arms and the manner in which they were used for the good of the country.
In other news, the Department of Agriculture has announced that the export of sows and boars to Great Britain, which had been temporarily suspended, will resume tomorrow.
A new quality code, code mark 18, will be introduced in the testing of eggs on the premises of wholesalers and retailers.
The news is followed by an announcement of programming for the following day Monday 22 April which includes entertainment, arts and culture, news, sport, Irish language, and educational programmes. The day ends with a broadcast of the national anthem.
Radio Éireann News recorded and broadcast on 21 April 1940. The announcer is Mr Niall Brunicardi.
From the RTÉ Archives Acetate Disc Collection which has been digitised with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) Archiving Scheme.