Saturday, 13 February 2016

Ballycastle to Ratlin

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to visit Ballycastle in County Antrim and the memorial to the achievements of Marconi when he broadcast by wireless from the small fishing village to Rathlin Island. This made a journey complete as I had already visited Valentia, Crookhaven, Clifden and Dun Laoghaire all associated with the early pioneering days of the Italian inventor and wireless telegraphy.

The radio we have today is as a direct result of many of the experiments carried out around the coast of Ireland, whether it was short, Ballycastle to Rathlin, across the Atlantic from Valentia to St John's or the first sports reporting from the Huntress in Dublin Bay to Dun Laoghaire, it fascinating that as a small nation we have been to the forefront of radio advancements.

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