Radio Free Ireland



Cathal Brennan writes:

In 1916 Number 10/11 O’Connell Street was the location of Reis’s Chambers, which housed, among other businesses, the Irish School of Wireless. During Easter Week the insurgents captured the building and began broadcasting news of the Rising to the world.

The insurgents’ plans to capture the wireless school was one of the most daring and far sighted acts in revolutionary warfare and became a starting point for all modern revolutions. Capture the local broadcasting facilities.

Radio and the 1916 Rising (Cathal Brennan,

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16 thoughts on “Radio Free Ireland

  1. bisted

    …surprised Joe Duffy and Ryan Tubridy haven’t claimed direct lineage to these warriors of the airwaves…

    1. Murtles

      ….It’s a disgrace Padraig, these Black and Tans stomping up and down the street at all hours of the morning, sure meself and the wife can’t get a wink of sleep……

  2. Jake38

    Apparently Gay Byrne was moaning on the airwaves when the rebels burst into his office on Easter morning.

  3. Anomanomanom

    I’m actually related to 5 people who fought, some died, in 1916. People wouldn’t know them, just nobody soldiers. Oh and all women. Many people underestimate the role women had.

    1. Tish Mahorey

      “I’m actually related to 5 people who fought, some died, in 1916”

      So is everyone else.

      1. St. John Smythe

        more people subsequently claimed to be in the GPO at the time then could physically fit in it

  4. Eoin

    The Russian revolution that resulted in the USSR breaking up was pretty much all organised over fax machines. That’s how rallies got organised. Nowadays it’s all done via Twitter and Facebook. Though these are far from comparable to wireless or fax or even smoke signals. For example, The House of Saud now own a controlling share in Twitter. So we may end up going back to wireless for the future organisation of peaceful protest.

      1. panga

        I’m related to a Tipp hurling player and a Lord that rode with Oliver Cromwell…not sure which I’m the most ashamed of….

  5. Truth in the News

    If they did any broadcasting it was by morse code, as amplitude modulation
    had not got going, as to taking over RTE, you don’t need to go near the place
    to do it and if the crowd in Montrose were around in 1916 would they report the
    rising at all….their 2016 effort is only another attempt to pollute the ether with
    the views of the revisionists, that they have given a platform to with years….indeed
    since 1966…..Perhaps we might have Gay Byrne on in Morning Misellany on
    Easter Sunday telling us all about the life and times of Russel Murphy.

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