John Count McCormack was one of the greatest tenors in the world, leaving over eight hundred records but always immensely proud of his Athlone roots, where he was born in 1884. His breath control and ability to communicate with an audience still remains unequaled.
The first high power transmitting station in Ireland was officially opened by Taoiseach Eamon de Valera in Moydrum, Athlone in 1933.
This radio documentary goes back in time to tell the stories about the history of the transmitter in Athlone, memories of locals when radio was called wireless, to the current days when community members make an effort to preserve the site as our national and technical heritage, a site that is still home to the old Marconi’s equipment.
‘Trauma, Tears and Hope,’ a four-part investigation airing on Athlone Community Radio 88.4, examines the plight of asylum seekers, generally recognised as one of the most marginalised groups in this country today.