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Ye Olde Hurdy-Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio

The Ye Olde Hurdy-Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio in Howth boasts many examples of early Morse equipment, gramophones, crystal sets, valve radios and other pieces of equipment. Additionally, you'll find music boxes, posters, photographs, telegrams, batteries, needle boxes, early TVs, stamps, household items & more. It’s a gadget lover’s paradise!

Pat Herbert began collecting radios and all things connected with communications in the 1950s and amassed this vast private collection. Pat had an encyclopedic knowledge on the history of radio and was also a great storyteller. He generously allowed the setting up of the amateur station EI0MAR in the Martello Tower. Pat Herbert passed away in June 2020 and will be greatly missed.

Fittingly, the Martello Tower has historic links with Marconi and Lee DeForest, two of the fathers of wireless, who conducted early experiments from the tower in 1903 and 1905. It was also the site where the first communications cable from Holyhead in Wales to Ireland was laid in 1852. The Howth Martello is one of a network of towers built as lookouts for an expected Napoleonic invasion in 1805.

Walk up Abbey St & take the path beside Howth Music School to the top. The entrance is opposite the Abbey Tavern.
See website for opening times and prices. Any profits are given to charity.

Bus 31 or the DART will bring you to Howth from Dublin city.

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