20% Funded


Target: €2000


€405 Raised

not funded

13 Funders

The Irish Pirate Radio Exhibition

By Eddie Bohan


The exhibition will tell the story of Irish pirate radio up to the close downs in December 1988 with the introduction of the 1988 Wireless Telegraphy Act that paved the way for today's independent radio sector. The exhibition will bring together memorabilia from that golden period of Irish broadcasting and social history. The hope is that the exhibition will create the impetus for a permanent archive for Ireland's pirate radio history in both literature and audio. This archive would be of significant educational value to future generations. The largest archive of Irish pirate radio memorabilia is currently located in Scotland and it is the hope that this repository can be brought to Ireland for future generations and students of media.

The funding would be spent on the completion of the printing of roller banners for the exhibition, six in total (2 have been already produced at my own expense), the purchase of frames for picture galleries, a contribution to travel expenses when taking the exhibition around the country as pirate radio was not limited to Dublin. It would also go towards producing cabinet displays of memorabilia and printing costs.

I am a anorak and broadcast historian. I have featured as the historian on UTV Ireland's 'The Wireless' TV series and I have written and lectured extensively on the subject. I have lectured on various aspects of Irish radio history including, the world's first pirate radio station that broadcast during the Easter Rising, the role of political pirate radio stations and the social impact of radio on 1930's Ireland.

The South Dublin County Library has been confirmed for the exhibition from May 8th - 30th 2018 and in September at UCC Cork. We are currently in discussions with libraries and educational facilities around Ireland to display the exhibition with exhibits focusing on that areas locally based pirate radio stations.

We applied for grants to support the exhibition but in a number of cases we were either late with our application for 2018 or our application was not suited to the funding. We also applied to the BAI but were rejected.

I would like to humbly thank you for your financial support for this project. It will become a lasting legacy for future students of media to discover and rediscover. You can follow all the events including lectures and venues by liking our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/DublinsPirateDays/ or follow us on twitter @IBHallofFame




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