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The Colleen Home Service

The Colleen Home Service


The Colleen Home Service was the earliest of Ireland’s regular unlicensed stations. Ran by a boy called Tony Boylan from his home on Colleen Road in Rathmines, just south of Dublin’s city centre, The Colleen Home Service first appeared in 1944, and ran usually on Sundays. As far as anyone is aware this was the only unlicensed station in the State, at a time when the term ‘Radio Pirates’ referred to the people who hadn’t bought a licence for their radio receiver as opposed to the stations themselves.
He built a new transmitter and in the early ’50s he added Saturdays to his Sunday transmissions.
With an increase of power came a new station name – Radio 200.
Tony was also later responsible for Radio Laxey and The Ballymun Home Service.

Information Resources:- Radio Radio by Peter Mulryan

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