William St, Limerick Listen on Radio Retro December 24th, 01:30
As we approached the end of the year, and the end of an epoch, one of the longest-running stations in Limerick, with one of the best-known pirate presenters, had already shut its transmitter doors by the early hours of Christmas Eve.
They were under no illusions – they didn’t expect to be back on air with a licence to broadcast – so the goodbyes were emotional and heartfelt.
Raidió Luimní started life as Radio Limerick in the late ’70s. It was run by John Frawley who had set it up after being let go by RLWE. In its later years, the station broadcast from the first floor of a butcher’s shop on the corner of William St and Gerald Griffin St.
Frawley’s unique and eccentric delivery made him compulsive listening for the Limerick radio-listening audience. He had a way of making a source of fascination out of the most mundane of topics.
As a prelude to what’s to come over the next few pages, listen here to how the larger than life John Frawley signed off on Raidió Luimní at 11am on the morning of December 23rd…the station closedown was to come later that night but John ‘The Man’ (pictured right) deserves a section all to himself!
A longer version of this recording can be found in our Radio Retro section here
The second last ever show on Raidió Luimní was presented by John O’Regan, who remembers:
“I was there for eight years from February 1980 to the closing night on December 23rd 1988. I presented ‘Regan’s Rambles’, a Celtic and Folk music show with studio guests and records/tapes etc.
We all got a remembrance plaque from John Frawley to commemorate our involvement with Raidió Luimní. It’s one of my treasured possessions.”
Once John had finished his show it fell to Alf de Lacy to shut down the station in the early hours of Christmas Eve. Alf had been the first voice heard on the station so it was fitting he was the last – relive those final moments here – starting from 12.55am, recorded off 103FM.
Next, we take a look at the newspapers for December 28th and relive another closedown… …