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April 1935

6th A number of national and local newspapers report on a pirate station operating in Limerick ‘for some time past’.

February 1936

5th The Irish Press report on a pirate station operating in Limerick – “the second in the last three or four years”.

May 1978

6 May 1978

Radio Dundalk

Test transmissions appeared for Radio Dundalk on this day.

6 May 1978
20 May 1978


Two new stations launched to the Dundalk area on this day. Radio Dundalk and Radio Carousel, which was a result of a split from Radio Dundalk.

20 May 1978

Annabel Close Temporarily

Radio Annabel close for scheduled engineering work to make technical adjustments to their FM and AM signals. Their planned return was Monday August 6th at 7am.

WABC testing

Test transmissions appeared in Dublin from a station calling itself WABC. They emanate from the studios of Radio Annabel, which closed down yesterday.

WABC tests cease

WABC tests, on air in Dublin since October 29th, have ceased. The station was set to be a possible revamp of Radio Annabel but when station personnel met yesterday, they contacted management with a view to a relaunch. Management agreed.

January 1985

23 January 1985


Q102 launched to Dublin at 7pm on this day. Introduced by Lawrence John, Jason Maine was the first DJ on air.

23 January 1985

July 1989

20th Capital Radio, the first licensed independent station, launched to Dublin on 104.4MHz.

24th Mid West Radio returned to air in Mayo as a licensed service.

September 1989

4th Ireland’s first national licensed commercial station arrived on air at 8am on this day. The station was officially launched by the Minister for Communications and Justice, Ray Burke, and the first voice heard was Terry Wogan, who was also an investor.