Ireland celebrates Marconi’s first radio transmission 100 years ago


Guglielmo Marconi. Source wikipedia

Guglielmo Marconi. Source wikipedia

Princess Elettra Marconi is Guest of honour at Irish College

The inventor of the radio and Nobel prize for physics, gave birth to the first vocal transmission from his station in Ballybunion to a reception station in Cape Breton in Nova Scotia, Canada, giving life to an event that changed global communication.

The centenary event is to take place at the Irish College with guests of honour including Marconi’s daughter, Princess Elettra Marconi Giovanelli and her son, Prince Guglielmo Giovanelli Marconi. There are meetings and seminars dedicated to the event that changed world communication with the start of voice communication through radio waves.

“Hello Canada”

Princess Maria Elettra Marconi. Source: radiomarconi.com

Princess Maria Elettra Marconi. Source: radiomarconi.com

Marconi transmitted his first message from Ballybunion, a small town in Ireland, in County Kerry. In 1919 the Marconi Company purchased a radio station with a 500 foot (152 meter) steel antenna. On March 19, 1919, it was the first long wave vocal transmission with the receiving station in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada, where Marconi announced “Hello Canada, Hello Canada. This is the Ballybunion valve transmitter in Ireland that is calling through a 3800-meter wave. Can you hear me? Please give me a signal.” Ballybunion station used only three valves to cross the Atlantic.

Irish roots

Like the Bolognese territory and all of Italy, is very much connected to Guglielmo Marconi. Prince Guglielmo says of their Irish roots: “My grandfather’s mother, Annie Jameson, was Irish. And she was a great sponsor of her son, having supported him in his experiments. Including that of 1895 in Pontecchio,” which marked the invention of radio in Italy.

Ballybunion

Ballybunion

County Kerry

Ballybunion is located in the northern part of Kerry, which with its 2500 km is the longest signposted coastal road in the world. This small village is made famous by the connection it has with Marconi, to whom are dedicated some walking routes organized by Ecotrek Ballybunion, for the renowned Ballybunion Golf Club as well as its golden beach, recognized as a Blue Flag.

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