Radio marks 1916 birth of the Republic
Published 26/04/2016 | 02:30
Radio listeners across the country yesterday stepped back in time to listen to the declaration of the Irish Republic, which was broadcast simultaneously by 37 radio stations.
Through a joint initiative between RTÉ Radio and the Independent Broadcasters of Ireland, an 80-second morse code message entitled 'The Sound of Sixteen' was played at 5.30pm, 100 years to the exact date and time of the 1916 declaration.
This also marked the anniversary of Ireland's first broadcast to the world, which was from the Wireless School of Telegraphy on Sackville Street.
"Irish Republic declared in Dublin today," the message read.
"Irish troops have captured city and are in full possession. Enemy cannot move in city. The whole country rising."
Joseph Mary Plunkett decided to bypass British censorship by broadcasting news of the Rising.