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RTÉ launches book series on Broadcasting and Irish
08 Feb 2002 :
Minister Síle de Valera,launched a series of six books on Broadcasting and Irish Society on Tuesday (5 February)in the National Library.

'2RN and the origins of Irish Radio' by Richard Pine, is the first book in the six book series, which RTÉ is publishing with Four Courts Press. The series was commissioned by RTÉ to commemorate 75 years of Radio and 40 years of Television.

According to Richard Pine, general editor of the series, the project serves two purposes: "The six book series provides an account of how RTÉ, from its inception, served Irish society in the first 50 years of nation building. And secondly it provides a forum for examining the ways in which broadcasting as an integral part of Irish society and culture both influences and is influenced by the changes in Ireland which are perceptible, particularly since the 1960's and which are continuing to take place."

The five other books in the series will be published in 2002 and 2003:

- Dr Helena Sheehan Irish Television Drama: A Society and its Stories*
- Dr Muiris MacConghail The Second Television Channel*
- Professor John Horgan News and Current Affairs*
- Richard Pine Music and RTÉ*
- Dr Iarfhlaith Watson Irish Language Broadcasting*

* Working Titles

RTÉ is also planning to publish an illustrated history of RTÉ by Brian Lynch. Townhouse Publishers will publish this book.

Some Information about Richard Pine

Richard Pine is a writer, broadcaster and Director of the Durrell School of Corfu. He worked in RTÉ's Music and Public Affairs divisions from 1974 to 1999 and is a former Chairman of the Media Association of Ireland; Secretary of the Irish Writers' Union; co-editor of the Irish Literary Supplement and deputy music critic of The Irish Times. He was the editor of the Thomas Davis Lecture series 'Music in Ireland 1848-1998' on RTÉ Radio 1 in 1998.

He has lectured in many European and American universities and has written and edited twelve books, including the definitive studies of Brian Friel and Lawrence Durrell, the histories of the Dublin Gate Theatre and of the Royal Irish Academy of Music, of which he is a Governor and an honorary Fellow. He is currently writing a second volume in the 'Broadcasting and Irish Society' series, on RTÉ's role in Irish musical life since 1926.

Dr Helena Sheehan

Dr. Helena Sheehan is a senior lecturer in the School of Communications at Dublin City University where she teaches a course on social history and television drama. At core she is a philosopher and has published widely in the fields of history of ideas, politics and media studies.

The first edition of Irish Television Drama: A Society and Its Stories has been much cited in academic works as well as being used as a text for university students and a reference source for media professionals and critics. She is also the author of Marxism and the Philosophy of Science: A Critical History.

Dr Muiris Mac Conghail

Dr Muiris Mac Conghail is a journalist, broadcaster and filmmaker. He teaches in the School of Media at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). He writes and broadcasts on issues of Irish broadcasting policy for The Irish Times, InProduction, The Irish Communications Review and broadcasts on these issues for RTÉ and Raidió na Gaeltachta. Mac Conghail delivered a Thomas Davis Lecture in 2001 to mark the 75th anniversary of Radio Éireann -'Politics by Wireless'.

He served as Controller of Programmes, Television at RTÉ; Editor of Current Affairs [7-Days] at RTÉ and vice president of the Programme Committee, Television in the EBU.

He was the Founding Chair of the Association for Film and Television in the Celtic Countries. He works also on aspects of the culture and literature of the Blasket islands and on the transmission of the heroic tale in Greek and Irish oral traditions. Member, National Union of Journalists. Educated at the National University of Ireland; Trinity College, Dublin; The Kings' Inns and University of Edinburgh.

Professor John Horgan

John Horgan was born in 1940 in Tralee, Co. Kerry. He was educated at Glenstal Abbey, UCD and UCC. He was awarded a BA in 1961 and a PhD in 1995.

Horgan worked as a journalist on the Evening Press, Catholic Herald and Irish Times 1962-73; he was editor of The Education Times 1973-76. He was elected a member of Seanad Eireann in 1969 and again in 1973; elected to Dáil Eireann 1977, and nominated to European Parliament in 1981. He was appointed Lecturer in Journalism at the National Institute for Higher Education, Dublin (now DCU) in 1983; subsequently Senior Lecturer and is now Professor of Journalism.

He is the author of biographies of Sean Lemass, Noel Browne and Mary Robinson, and of "Irish Media: A Critical History Since 1922".

Dr Iarfhlaith Watson

Dr Iarfhlaith Watson is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology, UCD. He is very active in sociology in Ireland and in visual sociology internationally - he is a member of the Boards of the Sociological Association of Ireland and of the International Visual Sociology Association. He has a number of publications on Irish language broadcasting in Irish and English, in Ireland and elsewhere.

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