Essential maintenance of RTÉ longwave transmitter begins

Essential maintenance of RTÉ longwave transmitter begins

RTÉ begins essential maintenance work of the Long Wave (LW) transmitter in Clarkstown, Co. Meath this week.

Staring on June 15, the project will continue for two months, until Saturday, August 15, during which RTÉ Radio 1 will not be available to listeners on LW 252.

“These works are necessary to ensure that RTÉ can continue to broadcast RTÉ Radio 1 on LW,” the state broadcaster explains.

The essential maintenance of the transmitter was due to be carried out in 2020 but was postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions.

For the health and safety of those carrying out the works, the transmitter must be switched off for the works period and the work must be completed during the summer months when there is better light and weather conditions.

The project is being undertaken by RTÉ Transmission Network (2rn), a wholly owned subsidiary of RTÉ, responsible for the distribution and transmission of the programme services of RTÉ radio and television, as well as TG4 television, Virgin Media television and Today FM.

During this period, listeners will continue to have a wide range of choice to access RTÉ radio services which are available at

You access RTÉ radio services via FM radio, Saorview, Saorsat, Internet TV, Online at, Freesat / Sky in Ireland & UK, RTÉ Radio Player (Apple and Android app) and other radio apps, such as the Irish Radioplayer.

A spokesperson for RTÉ confirmed: “Those who do not have access to RTÉ’s radio services on FM or who do not have internet access will not be able to access RTÉ Radio 1 on LW 252 during the period of the works.

“However, through carrying out these essential works now RTÉ can continue to broadcast on LW 252.”

For further information contact the RTÉ Information Office via [email protected] or on +35312083434.