The first television service to originate in the Republic of Ireland launched in 1961. Up until then, the population relied upon signals from across the border in Northern Ireland (BBC Northern Ireland and Ulster Television) and later from the west coast of Great Britain (mostly BBC Wales and WWN/TWW/HTV Wales).
Irish Prime Minister/Taoiseach Seán Lemass gave the green light for television in Ireland in the late-1950s; legislation was put before Dáil Éireann in 1960. The government-controlled Radio Éireann became a public corporation and was given the responsibility of setting up the new television service. Irish-born broadcaster Eamonn Andrews - already well established on UK television - was appointed chairman of the Radio Éireann Authority and oversaw the set-up of Telefís Éireann.
Unfortunately, we don't have much footage of Telefís Éireann/RTÉ One presentation from this period in our archive. If you have recordings of continuity links/presentation from this period, or recollections of presentation from these years, we'd be delighted to hear from you. Please refer to the Contact Us page for details of how to get in touch with us.
Our thanks to the late Eamonn Hanratty for the reconstructions included on this page.