Saturday 3 December 2016

Today could be the last day that people in Britain, France and Spain receive live Irish radio broadcast

Laura Larkin

Published 01/10/2016 | 13:30

RTE is saying goodbye to its radio service for emigrants
RTE is saying goodbye to its radio service for emigrants
Keith Higgins gets away from Dean Rock during the drawn All-Ireland final. Picture: Sportsfile
RTE is saying goodbye to its radio service for emigrants, Longwave 252.

Todays All-Ireland final could be the last time commentary is broadcasted on RTE’s longwave service. 

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Longwave means that people in Britain, France and Spain can receive coverage and tune into RTE radio.

Although the service has been extended until at least 2017 – many fear today’s All-Ireland will be the final time listeners overseas will be able to tune in.

Two years ago RTE confirmed the longwave service would operate with reduced hours in 2016 before a full shutdown in 2017.

RTE is saying goodbye to its radio service for emigrants, Longwave 252.
RTE is saying goodbye to its radio service for emigrants, Longwave 252.

However, last night an RTE spokeswoman told the Herald the service is “currently under review” and a date for shutdown has “yet to be decided”.

Enda O’Kane, a former broadcast engineer from Monaghan, described the longwave service as a lifeline for Irish people abroad.

“It’s very sad that today could possible be the last time we will hear the All Ireland on the longwave,” he told the Herald.

“Thousands of people abroad depend on this and tune unto RTE everyday to keep up with affairs happening in the country.

“It’s a very simple service that people, particularly those elderly, find easy to use. It’s not too technical. 

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