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Countess Markievicz spent 4 months here in Cork City Gaol.
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Cork Broadcast Station

Many remember the Gaol as a radio station which began broadcasting in 1927. It was officially opened on the 25th April that year by the Bandon born Minster for Posts and Telegraphs, Mr. J.J. Walsh. The station became known as (6 ck), and on the opening night a three hour concert featuring local artists, ranging from traditional singer, Maire Ni Shionnaigh to classical musician Signor Grossi and the Pavilion Orchestra, and groups such as St. Vincent’s Choir, the Blarney Street C.B.S. Choir, a Carillonade from St. Colman’s Cathedral Cobh, and a relay of the Bells of Shandon. The first Station Director was Sean Neeson. During the next three years the Cork broadcasting station was to become responsible for a weekly Sunday night concert, which was also broadcast nationally by the Dublin 2 R.N. station. A station orchestra was formed and many local talented artists, including Aloys and Tilly Fleiscmann, the baritone Sam Joy, contralto Annie Crowley, and soprano Margaret Dempsey took part. Musical groups included the Corkonians Vocal Quartet and Sextet, the Cork Operatic Society, the Municipal School of Music Male Choir, and the Cork National School’s Choir. Traditional players included Nelius Cronin on uileann pipes, Philip O Leary traditional violinist, and traditional singers Nora O Mahony, Eibhlin Ni Dhrisceoil, and Siobhan Ni Thuama. Owing to lack of government financial support the station was closed down on the 30th September, 1930, as a regular programme making unit, but with a reduced staff it continued to provide programme contributions and individual series over the next twenty five years to the national service. One of the most popular programmes in later years featured the well known Cork band “The Jack Brierley Trio”, and was broadcast between 10.45 and 11.00 at night. A commercial station for Cork was briefly mooted in 1934, but was abandoned due to lack of transmitter power. During this period some of the most popular entertainers included the Cork Melody Makers with Bill Twomey, Don O Hare, The Cork Lyric Singers, At Home With George McSweeney, Joe Lynch, Chris Curran, Eamonn Kelly, Mary Cagney, Jim Stack, James N. Healy, Dan O Donovan, and William O Toole, while occasional symphony concerts were also broadcast, as were programmes for Feis Maitiu, and later from the Cork Choral Festival. Sean Neeson was also responsible for broadcasting some of the earlier plays on radio, beginning in January 1928 when the Leeside Players performed “The Passing of Miah” by Dr. P.D. Lucey. His wife Geraldine, an accomplished pianist, was also closely associated with broadcasting in Cork.   

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