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The 'Anoraks Ireland' Digitisation Project

  • 16-12-2021 5:53am
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    'Anoraks Ireland' was a one-stop resource for Irish radio enthusiasts of the 1980s and early 1990s allowing them to buy or swap cassette recordings, and other materials, relating to the hundreds of pirate radio stations that existed back then. The organisation extensively documented the unique golden era of pirate radio in the form of photographs, magazines, detailed bandscans, station surveys and much more.

    Earlier this year 'Anoraks Ireland' founder Paul Davidson agreed to donate his vast collection of Irish radio materials to the Irish Pirate Radio Archive at DCU.

    The materials, primarily from the pirate radio era of the 80s, offer a fascinating insight into the Irish broadcasting landscape of the time and consist of thousands of cassette recordings; photos of DJs, studios & transmitter sites; advertising rate cards; newspaper cuttings along with lots of other materials.

    The Irish Pirate Radio Archive, ably assisted by the teams at and, are in the process of digitising the huge collection and are about to start archiving it across the three websites. We all look forward to making this invaluable collection available to historians, students and visitors to our websites.

    The digitisation teams are:

    Eddie Bohan @ The Irish Pirate Radio Archive

    Brian Greene & John Walsh @

    John Fleming @


    This is a simulpost announcement from the three aforementioned sites, with each choosing a different recording to showcase what is available.

    We've chosen to run the final hours and minutes of ENERGY 103, with the last ever live programme on the station presented by Pat Courtenay; and also the final 30 minutes of non-stop music before a fader consigned the station to the history books.

    You can listen to this here:

    The Irish Pirate Radio Archive have chosen a recording of a Galway station, KANDY RADIO, from December 1987.

    Listen here:-

    And have gone with a recording of the Cork station RADIO ERI which can be listened to here:-