Part 11: The Day of the March
LET’S GO FOR A LITTLE WALK
The day of the march had arrived. Organised by Radio Dublin in conjunction with other radio stations on the day Sunshine Radio was raided, the demonstration was due to start at 2pm at the GPO on the city’s main thoroughfare, O’Connell Street.
Although the stations that had returned to the airwaves were promoting it heavily it would be interesting to see if the public’s spontaneous reaction of last week would convert to a deliberate and considered reaction today.
Many schools had decided to give their pupils a half-day so that they could attend. Some had even moved exam times.
Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico, who were no doubt enjoying the celebrity status of being the two most famous radio presenters in Ireland thanks to the exposure of the last nine days, discussed the protest on their breakfast show on Radio Nova…
Friday’s morning newspapers, including a selection of the provincial papers that are dated May 27th (they may have been on the stands before this date).
Thanks to an incredible turnout, considering it was a Friday afternoon, for the second time in eight days Dublin city centre was brought to a standstill by people showing support for free radio.
Having met at 2pm at the GPO the protestors started off down O’Connell Street towards O’Connell Bridge…
There were floats from a number of stations. This is ABC Radio’s float. ABC Radio were one of the very few Dublin stations to remain on air.
The march as it crossed O’Connell Bridge
The crowd continued on their way to Leinster House where the signatures collected over the past week were handed over.
All photos on this page by kind courtesy of DX Archive
And a look at Saturday’s newspapers…