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date: 15 December 2019

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This chapter explores the development of film and broadcast media in Ireland from the opening of James Joyce’s Volta Cinema in 1909 to the turn of the twenty first century. It considers the growth of a small but vibrant film industry and the challenges it confronted from its inception during the turbulence of the revolutionary era to the recent past. It also chronicles the development of radio and television, addressing how broadcast media informed, entertained and often challenged political, cultural, and religious institutions. Ireland’s geographic position, in the north Atlantic between Britain, Europe, and the Americas, enabled Irish society to benefit from the technological revolution that transformed western societies in the twentieth century. Ireland was drawn into a dynamic Atlantic community where technological innovation resulted in quicker travel and communication. The author addresses how an unrelenting film and broadcast media helped to transform and modernize Ireland in the twentieth century.

Keywords: film, radio, television, RTÉ, BBC

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