Douglas Hyde, founder of the Gaelic League and later first President of the Irish Free State, officially opens 2RN.
- Title First Radio Broadcast From 2RN
- 1st Broadcast 01/01/1926
- Clip Duration 00:01:16
- Material Type Audio
- Clip title Douglas Hyde Opens 2RN 1 January 1926
- Extended description
Listen here to an extract from Douglas Hyde's address at the opening of 2RN on 1 January 1926. Speaking in Irish, Hyde talks of his hope for radio as a unifying force for Irish listeners.
2RN began broadcasting from a studio and office at 36 Little Denmark Street, Dublin. The transmitter was a 1.5 KW Marconi Q type, broadcasting on 390 meters from a hut in McKee Barracks beside the Phoenix Park.
The station call-sign was originated by the British Post Office, the authority responsible at that time, and the name 2RN was thought to be inspired by the last three syllables of the song title "Come Back To Erin".
The photograph accompanying this clip shows Séamus Hughes the first full time 2RN announcer.
The photographer was Joseph Cashman
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- Local keywords Douglas Hyde, Broadcast Media, Séamus Hughes, 2RN, RTÉ, Broadcasting, Radio, Media
- Geographical coverage Ireland
- Topic The Media
- First broadcast channel 2RN
- Production year 1926
- Country of production Ireland
- Original identifier BB12739
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- Item type part/extract
- Item sound Mono
- Language used Irish (gle)
Douglas Hyde Opens 2RN 1 January 1926
Broadcast - 01/01/1926
Clip Length - 00:01:16
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Production Year - [1920's]
Contributor - Joseph Cashman (Photographer)
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Production Year - 1926
Publisher Broadcaster - RTÉ
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Broadcast - 01/01/1996
Clip Length - 00:01:27
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Broadcast - 26/04/1927
Clip Length - 00:00:18