Located in Montgorry in Swords, north Co Dublin, Radio na nGael promised only Irish music and regular Irish language broadcasts. It first appeared on February 2nd 1984 on 92.2MHz using a 10 watt transmitter. It also broadcast with a 200 watt transmitter on 1350kHz (222m) and – unusually – full-time on SW using a 500 watt transmitter.
Programming consisted of 95% Irish music 24 hours a day and the station’s stated aim was to promote Irish culture at home and abroad. The studio was located in a caravan at the side of the main road into Montgorry, and the transmitters in a bungalow next to it. They also used the alternative tagline ‘Swords Community Radio’.
By 1985 the service was split with all Irish music remaining on shortwave but with more popular music on the station’s local broadcasts in order to appease advertisers.
They were forced to close in 1986 when RTÉ launched an objection to their name, claiming it bore a very close resemblance to the name of their own Irish language station – Raidió na Gaeltachta.
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