The history of pirate radio in Ireland remains understudied by comparison with other countries with histories
of unlicensed broadcasting. This is surprising given the extent and longevity of a large pirate radio scene which
was at its zenith between 1978 and 1988. Drawing on our own archive of Irish pirate radio recordings, interviews
with those involved and pirate paraphernalia, we contend that the cultural, social, political, economic.,
and technological influence of Irish pirate radio was far-reaching. However, although the pirates were influential and left a lasting legacy, they ultimately lost out in the new licensed regime rolled out from 1989.