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.Listen
THE RAILWAY CHILDREN
The Railway Children is a 5-part radio series which tells the history of the railway in Athlone, as well as the stories of the railway workers and their families.
In episode 1, presenter Ursula hears about the early days of the railway, how steam trains work, and she visits Cliff, Tommy, and Dick from the Irish Steam Preservation Society.
This four part documentary is an Athlone Community Radio Production with the support of The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Sound and Vision broadcasting initiative.Each half-hour programme covers specific themes. The documentary was made throughout the 2009 with the recording of oral history from twelve contributors well known to AthloneListen
Trauma, Hope & Tears
‘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.Listen
80 Little Years
Celebrates Athlone Little Theatre’s rich history through the recordings of their activities in their eightieth year.