Mrs Cooney’s fa­mous TV

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS -

Louth man Paddy Clarke, is the or­gan­iser of the ‘RTE TV 25’ week of events in the North-East from Oc­to­ber 5th to 11th to cel­e­brate 25 years of tele­vi­sion. He works in RTE’s Pub­lic Af­fairs Di­vi­sion and is also the Cu­ra­tor of the Broad­cast­ing Mu­seum.

He joined RTE in 1963 on the tech­ni­cal side and for the past 10 years he has writ­ten, lec­tured and broad­cast on the his­tory of elec­tri­cal com­mu­ni­ca­tion in Ire­land. He has, cur­rently a se­ries of 4 pro­grammes en­ti­tled ‘Mes­sages in Time’ be­ing broad­cast on Mon­day evenings at 9.40 p.m. on RTE Ra­dio 1.

His first ex­pe­ri­ence of liv­ing in a home which had tele­vi­sion, came in Drogheda in 1957, when he was work­ing with the ESB as an ap­prec­tice ele­cri­cian in the Lour­des Hos­pi­tal, which was then be­ing built. He stayed in Mrs. Cooney’s in Wind­mill Road, where there was an Alba 19 inch tele­vi­sion set which had been supplied by W.E. Ber­ney.

He re­mem­bers rush­ing from work in the evenings to watch the Wim­ble­don ten­nis matches and he also re­calls see­ing on that tele­vi­sion the film of an Ire­land v. Eng­land soc­cer match in which Eng­land scored a heart­break goal in the last sec­ond of the match.

In the Lour­des Hos­pi­tal he worked with ESB men, Bren­dan Coyle, Jimmy Fitz­patrick, Gerry O’Farrell and Joe Led­widge. Joe had been trained with Shane MacNamee in Na­van and Paddy Clarke re­mem­bers him as be­ing a highly skilled tech­ni­cian andd a tal­ented mu­si­cian, which is not sur­pris­ing as Joe hails from the fam­ily of Fran­cis Led­widge the well known Slane poet.

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