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The Radio Sports Report: Marconi and Wireless Telegraphy at the Kingstown Regatta, 1898.


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In July 1898 Marconi issued the world’s first ‘live’ sports report by radio

Date and Time

17 February 2017 - 18:30-20:30


Dublin, Ireland - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the Europe: Ireland local network.

About this event


Dr Elizabeth Bruton, Heritage Officer, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, University of Manchester Marconi had been invited by the newspapers to report upon the popular event and they hired Marconi a steamboat which he could use to monitor the yachting races and hence send Morse code using a wireless telegraphy system of his own making back to a wireless station at Dun Laoghaire harbour and hence by telephone to the newspapers’ headquarters in Dublin. Marconi sent hundreds of wireless messages during the two-day event and the newspaper were able to report the result of each race ahead of their newspaper rivals. The event was a great success for both parties, particularly in terms of the excitement and publicity surrounding the event.


18:15 Refreshments
18:30 Lecture



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Irish Lights venue Dun Laoghaire
Access may be restricted so please register

Lecture 45 mist - 1 hour followed by Q & A

In July 1898, young Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi issued the world’s first ‘live’ sports report by radio, reporting the results of the Kingstown Yachting Regatta here in Dun Laoghaire, results which were later reported in the Dublin editions of the Daily Express and her sister newspaper the Evening Mail.

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