The introduction of the Irish wireless and telegraphy act 25 years ago brought to an end the free-for-all on the Irish radio spectrum.
Radiotoday.ie marks the occasion with an article called "The day the music died" which includes a RTE news report from the time (including footage of raids on Nova and Sunshine) and several press cuttings.
The article begins: "A number of pirate radio stations closed 25 years ago today (Dec 30) and tomorrow, including WABC in Donegal and Sunshine in Dublin as the new broadcasting wireless and telegraphy act was introduced. The super pirates KISS, Q102, Radio Dublin, Sunshine Radio, Radio West, ABC, Coast 103 and more were silenced as the then Minister for Communications Ray Burke introduced new legislation aimed at suppressing the stations."
The 1980s saw Irish pirate stations take over the FM, medium wave and shortwave bands. A far cry from the situation today where there are only a handful still active. The only pirate from Ireland still on shortwave is Premier Radio, which can be heard regularly on 6910 kHz.
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There's a lot more about the 1980s Irish pirates at: irishpirates.com