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Radio Cill Dara (International) - County Kildare

 270m (1978-79) - 6260kHz (1979)

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Radio Cill Dara operated to County Kildare mainly at weekends during 1978 announcing as 270m and giving an address in Newbridge. The exact frequency was 1120.5kHz (see photo of crystal below). Presenters included Johnny Day, Alistair Mac, Jimmy St Ledger, The Duke, Declan Ryan, Alan Hill and Billy The Kid. It was last listed in Sounds Alternative on 270m in the early part of 1979, by which time a transmitter was being operated on shortwave 6260kHz on a Sunday morning.  The shortwave service was believed last heard during late 1979. An early history of the station was featured in Sounds Alternative Issue 3 from February / March 1978.


A sticker from the 270m days, by kind courtesy of Jimmy St Ledger

    







Photos of the main Radio Cill Dara transmitter and below,
the Premier Radio transmitter which was used at the start of Radio Cill Dara,
along with the 270m / 1120.5kHz MW and Premier Radio SW crystals for 6220kHz and 6240kHz.
Photos are by kind courtesy of Jimmy St Ledger.

    






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A hand hand drawn QSL from 1979 received by Gary with the above letter, after the station appeared on shortwave as Radio Cill Dara International.
The letter confirms Naas, Co Kildare as the station home town.
The tape mentioned in the letter sadly never arrived,
and the cuttings enclosed from the 270m days are currently mislaid, but will be added as soon as they are found.

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A Radio Cill Dara International QSL for 6260kHz received by Ken in late 1979

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Radio Cill Dara (International) Audio Library

1978_06_04_sun_cilldara_270m_1206-1238_jimmystledger-gh.mp3 New Mar 2023 This is 30 minutes of Jimmy St Ledger on Sunday 4th June 1978, which was a bank holiday weekend.  Jimmy comments on Alistair Mac being in the background answering the phone.  The source of this recording is not known.  Although announcing 270m, the actual frequency of Radio Cill Dara is not known. 29MB
32mins

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