Today is the 100th anniversary of Irish radio, and the moment is being marked simultaneously this evening by 37 radio stations.
The story of the birth of Irish radio during the 1916 Rising will be re-enacted on air at 5.30pm, one hundred years to the original date and exact time of the declaration of the Irish Republic, Ireland’s first broadcast to the nation and the world.
Called 'The Sound of Sixteen', the joint initiative between RTE Radio and the Independent Broadcasters of Ireland (IBI), it imagines the battling sounds and dangerous atmosphere of the times.
Devised by Dublin based creative agency Boys and Girls, it also reprises the morse code message written by James Connolly and transmitted by Marconi operator David Burke.
That first Easter Tuesday message read:” Irish Republic declared in Dublin today. Irish troops have captured city and are in full possession. Enemy cannot move in city. The whole country rising.”
The broadcast took place 190 metres from the GPO at what was then The Wireless School of Telegraphy at 10-11 Sackville Street (now O’Connell Street).
The full story of the drama that unfolded around the build up to the first broadcast (and subsequently) is told at www.thesoundofsixteen.ie