Morse Code, Clifden and the dawn of global communications

Frank McCurry and Tom Frawley of GMIT, whose radio heritage work has featured on the BBC Coast series, will give a talk at 7pm on Wednesday February 11 in NUI Galway on radio and the Clifden Marconi Station as well as a demonstration of Morse Code, the first system used to send long-distant messages using electricity.

The lecture, which takes places in the university’s Insight Centre for Data Analytics located in the Dangan Business Park, will be followed by a guided tour of the Computer and Communications Museum of Ireland which includes a new exhibit on the development of radio and the importance of the Marconi Station at Clifden in the birth of worldwide communications.

The station’s opening in October 1907 established the first regular transatlantic radio-telegraph service, thus laying the foundations of the global digital village that we have today.

The event is free and taking place as part of national Engineers Week. But it is advisable to book a place by contacting Brendan Smith at [email protected]

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