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Radio Freedom


Radio Freedom was a protest pirate radio station which went to air in December 1969. Ran by Peoples Democracy, the station were encouraging a boycott of a rugby match between Ireland and the Springboks, South Africa’s national team, which had only white players at the time of apartheid. A protest march was also planned.

The night before the game we used one of our radio transmitters in Dublin to try to drum up support for the demonstration. Calling ourselves ‘Radio Freedom” and using the rather childish slogan “Bate them black and send them back”, we were heard in parts of Dublin.
Peter Cosgrove

radiowaves / 2019

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