TTC is working with the Athlone Marconi Heritage Centre Group to assess the feasibility of opening a visitor centre at the site at Moydrum - just outside Athlone - of Ireland's first purpose built radio station. The building ceased operations as a transmitter site in recent years but sitting inside the building are the 1930's Marconi transmitter and its later successor. Only one of the transmitter masts remains - visible from the new motorway.
The very first transmission was of the Eucharistic Congress of 1932 where Count John McCormack - an Athlone native - sang. The McCormack link will be explored as will the potential use of the RTE archives at the site. 531 metres will be remembered by some as the Athlone frequency!
TTC welcomes any memories or material linked to Moydrum transmitter as we assess the potential of a visitor centre there. The Group is being supported by Westmeath Leader.