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Cycling and Housework (1953)

The producer of The Curious Ear documentary series, Ronan Kelly, has been sent a selection of clips by RTÉ Radio Archives to help ease the isolation.

He’s sharing some of them with the RTÉ Radio 1 Highlights page.


In July 1953, the Sports Stadium programme on Raidió Éireann featured a ‘Mrs. Sheridan’ cyclist.  It was Eileen Sheridan, who broke long-distance cycling records, for men and women, from Dublin to Cork and Galway to Dublin. 

The scratchy sounds throughout this audio are there because this is part of the Radio Archives Acetate Collection.  

Acetates are LP-type discs that were used to record a selection of radio programmes from the 1930s to the 1960s.  They’ve just been digitised, thanks to funding from the BAI, which itself is thanks to your TV Licence Fee. 

By the way, the sound isn’t the only thing about this clip that sounds dated.  Listen out for Philip Greene’s question at 3 minutes. 

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