US PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE PUTS THE SPOTLIGHT ON MODERN AMERICA

The first US Presidential debate kicked off last night and gave the world a fascinating look at Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as they debated the state of modern America side-by-side on a speaker podium. With Clinton resolutely calm throughout and Trump only going so far as to purse his lips and grimace at regular intervals, overall it was a fairly subdued affair in which the two traded copious attacks and batted them off with equanimity.

The 90 minute debate was divided in to six segments of 15 minutes that covered three topic areas, namely: Achieving prosperity; America’s Direction and Securing America.

Candidates were given two minutes to speak on the opening question of each section before they could then engage in open discussion. This format proved effective in allowing  attention to be directed individually at the candidates before the real study of body language commenced as each reacted to what the other was saying.

Host Lester Holt opened proceedings on a powerful note in the context of Achieving Prosperity in America where he stated ‘nearly half of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck’, before going on to pose the direct question: Why are you a better candidate?

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First to respond, Democratic Nominee Hillary Clinton was categorical: “First we have to build an economy that works for everyone; not just those at the top; I want us to invest in you, in your future, that means jobs in infrastructure, advance construction, innovation, clean technology and in small business, as most of the jobs in the future will be from small business.

“We also have to make the economy fairer, raise the minimum wage and guarantee finally equal pay for women’s work; and I also want to see more companies do profit sharing, so that it is not just for those at the top; and we need to do more to support people struggling to balance work and family, let’s have paid family leave, earned sick days, affordable child care and debt free college; we will do this by having the wealthy pay their share and close the corporate loop-holes.”

Before signing off and telling her rival –  “Donald it’s good to be with you!” –  she spoke directly to camera reminding the watching American public of the importance of the election task ahead of them:

“You have to judge us and decide who can shoulder the immense awesome responsibilities of the presidency – and put in to action the plans that can make your life better.”

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In his turn Donald Trump opened equally forcefully, employing more personal and sensational terms to describe his views of modern America.

“Our jobs are fleeing the country, to Mexico and many other countries. Look at China and what it is doing to our country in terms of making our products and devaluing our currency – and there is no one in our government to fight them; they are using our country as a piggy bank to rebuild China and many other countries are doing the same.

“So many of our small companies are leaving; Ford – the small car division is leaving, they’re all leaving, thousands of jobs, we can’t allow it to happen anymore. We have to stop our jobs from being stolen from us and our companies leaving the US and with it firing all of their people. So many hundreds of companies are doing this and going to Mexico. We cannot let this happen.

“Under my plan I will reduce taxes. I will reduce the tax rate for business tremendously from 35% to 15%. That will be job creation on the scale not seen since Ronald Reagan, it is going to be a beautiful thing to watch.”

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In response, Clinton contended:

“Tax plans need to support work and not just financial transactions; these biggest tax cuts would be for the top people, it is what I call trumped up trickle down – that is what it would be; that is not how we grow the economy, we just have different views on this; I believe in creating jobs and rising incomes. He really believes the more you help wealthy people the better we will be, I don’t buy that. ”

To which Trump retaliated:

“We owe 20 trillion dollars! We cannot do this any longer. The first thing to do is don’t let the jobs leave.  As they leave you say fine, we wish you a lot of luck, but I say cars, cookies, air conditioners  – you think you can make them in Mexico and bring them back in to the US without paying tax? No! So we can and have to stop them from leaving.”

And so it continued, with the odd personal barb and character attack thrown in on everything from Hillary’s looks to Donald’s wealth, as well as some interesting statements made that may come back to haunt both candidates in the future – a selection of which are below:

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Trump statements – personal 

“I have much better judgement than her (Clinton) and a much better temperament. I have a winning temperament, I think my strongest asset may be by far my winning temperament.”

“She doesn’t have the stamina. I don’t believe she does, to be president of this country. You have to be able to negotiate on trade deals with Japan, Saudi Arabia; you have so many different things you have to be able to do and I don’t think Hillary has the stamina.”

“She has no business ability.”

“I intend to be a leader people can count on to further peace and prosperity and stand up to hostility.”

Clinton statements – personal

“He can talk to me about stamina as soon as he travels to negotiate with 208 countries and stands before a congressional committee.”

“This is a man who has called women pigs, slobs and dogs and described pregnancy as an inconvenience to employers.”

“A man who can be provoked by a tweet should not have his fingers near the nuclear code.”

Trump – On ISIS and terrorism and security threats

“I want to get on to defeating ISIS; we have to knock the hell out of ISIS and to do it fast.”

“We have too much military type machinery on the streets, our police are often out-gunned on the streets.”

“I did not support the war in Iraq. I was against the war in Iraq. The record shows I am right.”

“Had we taken the oil ISIS would not have been able to form because it was their primary source of income.”

“Nuclear (weaponry) is the single greatest threat that this country has, not global warming like you and your president think.”

“We are not keeping up with other countries but I would certainly not do first strike. Once it starts it’s over.”

Clinton on ISIS and terrorism and security threats

(Re claims by Trump that her decision to back the war in Iraq caused ISIS) “I hope the fact-checkers are turning up the volume and working really, really hard.”

“We’ve got to defeat ISIS, to take out their leaders and do everything we can to disrupt their propaganda efforts on-line.”

“He (Trump) has said repeatedly that he didn’t care if other nations got nuclear weapons –  even Saudi Arabia; his cavalier attitude about nuclear weapons is so deeply troubling that it is the no.1 threat we face in the world.”

“Words matter when you run for president and really matter when you are president. It is essential that America’s word be good, in terms of our agreements made with our allies and other nations. I intend to be leader to further peace and prosperity abroad and at home.”

“It’s like his secret plan around ISIS – the only secret is we don’t know what it is.”

Wrap-up 

As the 90-minute debate drew to a conclusion the mostly cordial relations between the two presidential rivals concluded on a positive note, with both candidates agreeing with host Lester Holt they would accept the outcome of the vote  in November.

“I support our democracy, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose but I will certainly support the outcome of this election and I hope the people out there understand this election really is up to you; it is not so much about us as it is about you and the kind of country and future you want for you and your family. I hope you will get out and vote because your future depends on it”, declared Clinton, while Trump stated: “I want to make America great again, I’m going to be able to do it, I don’t believe Hillary can win, but if she wins I will absolutely support her.”

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Pictured is Eamonn Donlyn Vice President Irish TV in America with Taoiseach Enda Kenny (photo:James Higgins) and in Times Square. 

The Irish angle

Irish interest in the US Presidential race and American politics in general has always been high, not merely from a curiosity point of view, but also because what happens in America affects so many Irish people at home and abroad. So many of us have family, relations and friends in America and through the generations we have bonded as nations and developed mutual respect for each other.

The estimated 40 million Irish-Americans living in the US have a critical role to play in the 2016 presidential election. We hope all will make the effort to get out and vote on who should succeed incumbent President Barack Obama and go on to play a part in ‘making America great again.’

IRISH TV will be on hand as ever to record the stories of the Irish in America who continue to fly the flag so well for the Emerald Isle back home while building a future to be proud of. Look out for our avid reporter Rebekah O’Neill (above) who is always on the spot for the best stories!

ROUND TWO

Round Two of the Trump/Clinton presidential debates is scheduled for October 9 in Washington University in St Louis with the concluding Round Three to take place on October 19th at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. The first Vice Presidential debate will take place at Longwood University, Virgina on October 4. We will be following all with interest.

 

THE ROSE EXPERIENCE – BEHIND THE SCENES AT ROSE OF TRALEE

NOT TO BE MISSED!

THE ROSE EXPERIENCE – on IRISH TV ON THURSDAY 

 

  • 90 minute specially commissioned documentary on IRISH TV
  • Includes a unique perspective of behind the scenes at the Rose of Tralee
  • footage includes the 32 contestants not included in the live final

A special 90-minute documentary providing a unique behind-the-scenes account of the work that goes in to transforming a town in Co Kerry into the week-long annual global festival that is now the Rose of Tralee will air on IRISH TV this week.

This observational documentary witnesses the behind the scenes at one of Ireland’s most famous festivals and what it is like to be part of this event as a Rose, volunteer and stage manager and includes interviews with those responsible for putting it all together including Executive Chair Anthony O Gara.

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The Rose Experience also carries coverage of each of the 32 Rose finalists who made it to the selection stage in the Dome for their interview with host Dáithí O’Shea – but who unfortunately were unsuccessful in getting through to the live televised final.

Producer Adrian McCarthy of Ktown Media adds: “This is the story of how a small town transforms itself into the Rose of Tralee once a year with a focus on the people of Tralee who voluntarily give of their time to ensure the week-long festivities are a success for the thousands of visitors and viewers of the show.

“It also documents the on-stage interviews of the 32 Roses who are put through their paces on stage in the dome with host Dáithí O Shea – and who subsequently learn they have not made it through to the televised final. Each of the 32 contestants will enjoy a 2-minute slot in the documentary and so are given their own moment to shine.”

 

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The visit of the Roses to the Kerry County Library during the 2016 Rose of Tralee. L-R: New York Rose, Kristin Stack, Mayo Rose Fionna McDarby, Galway Rose, Rosie Burke and Abu Dhabi Rose Dearbhladh Walsh. Photo dwalshphoto.ie

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Louth Rose Megan Ferguson onstage in the Festival Dome during TV Rose Selection on Monday night. Photo www.dwalshphoto.ie

 

 

Co-producer Brian Hurley of IRISH TV added: “The idea is every Rose will appear and get some exposure where they may not make the final. It is behind-the-scenes unlimited access to everything; including the girls in local parades in home towns and as special guests at concerts and events around the country.”

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Brian Hurley, Commissioning Editor IRISH TV in conversation with Ken Murray during the IRISH TV Ploughing LIVE daily broadcast from Tullamore last week.

 

 

 

Rose of Tralee Head of Communications John Drummey said the making of the unique documentary by IRISH TV is a particular bonus.

“We are very much looking forward to seeing it. IRISH TV is a very important global platform to showcase the festival and all the participants from around the world. The coverage is especially important this year being an extended festival with only so many going on to the live TV show. We are delighted IRISH TV is available to us so that family and friends can see their Rose being interviewed on stage by Daithi O Shea and enjoy the full festivities.”

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Fiona O’Sullivan – Tipperary Rose and IRISH TV Presenter of Tipperary County Matters.

Capturing all the excitement of the selection night in which the whittling down of the 64 contestants to 32 finalists took place, there is also coverage of the build-up to the Rose of Tralee right around the country as the various Roses perform public duties at parades and social events in their home counties, bringing the Festival to the viewer with parades, fireworks displays, street entertainment and all the carnival atmosphere of the Rose of Tralee International Festival.

The Rose Experience airs on IRISH TV on Thursday September 29th from 8.30pm-10pm.

HURRICANE HIGHWAY NEW SINGLE RELEASE

 

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Hurricane Highway, one of the new and upcoming Irish country music bands, is already enjoying fresh success with the release of its single ‘Already Calling You Mine.’

The band appeared at the IRISH TV Country Music Awards in May where they were met with a rapturous reception from the 2,000 strong audience.

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The new single is the follow up to ‘If it gets you where you wanna go’ which received tremendous airplay.

Described as ‘a breath of fresh air’ the band is less than two years on the circuit and is making its mark very strongly on the Irish country music scene. This new single is sure to only grow its appeal.

The new Cd single is now available to download from itunes. More information on their Facebook page and #alreadycallinyoumine #hurricanehighwaybrandnewsingle and on www.hurricanehighway.net

DUBLIN TIGER FRINGE FESTIVAL, CULTURE NIGHT AND AGE ACTION ON DUBLIN MATTERS

The Dublin Tiger Fringe Festival features on Dublin County Matters this week as Festival Director Kris Nelson discusses the line-up that includes Riot, Panti and Ham Sandwich and talks about the history of the festival and the new location for the Spiegeltent at Merrion Square.

There is also a sneak preview of Culture Night at Bond Street Studio in Dublin after it opened its doors in Dublin 8 alongside 300 other venues to showcase a mix of photography and written word. Aimee Van Wylick, Culture Night Coordinator, Roisin Russell Bond Street Studio Manager and Briona McArdle, Exhibition Curator tell all to presenter Rebecca Horan.

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And finally, as we all live longer are we prepared? Rebecca catches up with Justin Moran from Age Action to find out as they discuss themes affecting older people including depression, rural crime, pensions, healthcare, the budget and retirement.

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That’s all in Dublin County Matters, this Thursday  September 29th at 7pm on IRISH TV.

Rebecca Horan, Presenter, Dublin County Matters.

NO VENUE SELECTED YET FOR  2017 NATIONAL PLOUGHING CHAMPIONSHIPS

No decision has been made around where the National Ploughing Championships will be held in 2017 and there is no guarantee they will return to the 2016 location of Tullamore in Co Offaly.

According to Anna Marie McHugh, Assistant MD of the National Ploughing Association and General Secretary of the World Ploughing Association the Championships are rotated across different venues as a means of showcasing parts of Ireland and bringing a boost to the local economy.

“We haven’t decided on next year’s venue and there is no guarantee whatsoever it will be back here in Offaly next year. But we are finding it needs to be in the midlands and central so for that reason we cannot bring it to perimeter counties around the country. But people love finding out the new venue and what it is like. Moving around to different venues is also good for business and the town and county we are in.”

anna-marie-mchugh-ploughing In conversation with Ken Murray on Ploughing LIVE on IRISH TV Ms McHugh added the National Ploughing Association is to sign a memorandum of understanding with Field Days, the New Zealand equivalent of the event, which is the biggest such event in the southern hemisphere.

“We identify with what they are doing at Field Days and this is all about finding new ways to bring more to the event. The ploughing championships have been running since 1931 and in the mission statement there are two specific goals – to spread the word of good ploughing and to create a friendly and pleasant place for people to meet and do business. At the innovation arena we have 17 countries represented in an official capacity this year and this is all part of the work in association with Enterprise Ireland. We want to give added value to the exhibitor once the punters are here and to let Irish businesses and manufacturers know that having a presence here will open new windows of opportunity to them.”

Ms McHugh added that the Ploughing Championships do not receive state funding and are run as an independent operation.

“We’re self-funding and don’t receive any government aid in any shape or form.”

Coverage of the National Ploughing Championships can be viewed on www.irishtv.ie

NEW LINE-UP OF ENTERTAINMENT AND DOCUMENTARIES ON IRISH TV

IRISH TV – AUTUMN SCHEDULE 2016 – HIGHLIGHTS

IRISH TV is Ireland’s first and only international television channel offering local content to a global audience. Throughout Ireland the channel’s flagship County Matters series comprises of weekly half hour shows of news and views from each of the 32 counties while stories around the Irish communities in the UK and USA – Out and About in the UK/USA and Manchester and Midlands Life are also broadcast weekly.

The channel is currently undergoing considerable expansion as it launches its new season line-up to include a Saturday night chat show hosted by Malachi Cush as well as increased news and current affairs coverage and drama. 

IRISH TV’s chief backer is one of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs, John Griffin, founder and former CEO of Addison Lee cabs, who has committed to the channel long-term on the basis of its growth potential.

IRISH TV has been watched in over 140 countries across the world and can be viewed across the UK and Europe on Sky 191, Freesat 400 and online at www.irishtv.ie In April 2016 the channel launched on the TATA global network to deliver content to the USA with connection via Virgin Media, to Canada via Verizon and the Irish Saorview platforms due to launch later this year.

Output on IRISH TV is archived on a daily basis and can be accessed freely at www.irishtv.ie

 HERE IS A LIST OF SOME OF THE UPCOMING NEW AND EXCITING CONTENT ON IRISH TV FOR AUTUMN 2016

 

ARE WE THERE YET?

 Soap star Charlie Dawson (Coronation Street’s Jim McDonald) and former Emmerdale actor Daniel Coll embark on an audacious vintage Land Rover road trip around Ireland – with no cash.  The penniless duo charm celebrity guests into joining them for novelty fundraising ideas to pay for their accommodation and food on this epic 10-day journey covering 2,400km. And if they don’t raise enough money – they sleep in the jeep.

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Guests in this exclusive 10-part Irish TV series include Eilish O’Carroll (Winnie in Mrs Brown’s Boys), Rachel Allen, Dana and James Galway.

 

 


 

 

YOUNG, IRISH & LIVIN’ THE DREAM

 

From distillers and bloggers to multi-millionaire undertakers this enthralling five-part series with presenter Colm Flynn features young Irish entrepreneurs living the dream in New York.

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Among those featured are angel investor Illann Power (24) who moved from Carlow at age 19 and developed a whiskey business that was sold in a multi-million dollar deal to drinks giant Bacardi in 2015; Digital influencer Erika Fox (26) from Kerry who has built a social media empire advertising products and brands and Clive Anderson (34) from Cork, who lost his dad to cancer 19 years ago and was inspired to set up his own large funeral home in Pelham, New York as a result. Inspirational.

Photos show Clive Anderson, Illann Power and Erika Fox with presenter Colm Flynn.

 


 

LIVING WITH LYME DISEASE

 This highly-emotive documentary looks at how a tiny tick bite, if not dealt with early enough, can destroy people’s health and wellbeing via a disease known as “the big imitator”.

 

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German doctor, Dr Armin Schwarzbach, specialises in the treatment of Lyme disease.

Lyme Disease is the world’s fastest-spreading tick-borne infection, and this heart-breaking documentary presented by Brian Hurley and featuring sufferers young and old, chronicles the struggles faced by a large number of Irish people to get a correct diagnosis and treatment years after discovering the distinctive “bullseye” rash.

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Former Kerry footballer Anthony Morris has been struck down with Lyme Disease.

 

LIVING WITH LYME DISEASE AIRS TUESDAY OCTOBER 11TH AT 9PM.

 


 

TREYVAUD’S TRAVELS – ON THE SHANNON

 Wellies, water, wine and award-winning chef Paul Treyvaud make this trip of a lifetime down the Shannon compelling viewing.

Treyvaud is a true champion of healthy living and in this series navigates the length of Ireland’s great waterway armed only with his fishing rod and frying pan.

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Paul Treyvaud on the Shannon with musician Charlie McGettigan.

 TREYVAUD’S TRAVELS ON THE SHANNON – AND A SECOND COOKERY SERIES TREYVAUD’S KITCHEN – BOTH AIR ON IRISH TV THIS AUTUMN.

 


 

 THE ROSE EXPERIENCE – BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE ROSE OF TRALEE

 

This fascinating 90-minute documentary goes behind the scenes at the Rose of Tralee, and features unseen on-stage interviews with all 64 contestants, including all those who were unsuccessful in getting through to the live televised final.

Offering a new perspective on the Rose of Tralee with its focus on the workings of the festival and the enormous contribution of local volunteers to its annual success, The Rose Experience provides coverage of the 32 Roses who do not make it through to the live final, their achievements in getting so far in the competition and their work as ambassadors for their home towns and counties is celebrated in The Rose Experience.

Producer Adrian McCarthy of Ktown Media adds: “This is the story of how a small town transforms itself into the Rose of Tralee once a year with a focus on the people of Tralee who voluntarily give of their time to ensure the week-long festivities are a success for the thousands of visitors and viewers of the show.

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Louth Rose Megan Ferguson onstage in the Festival Dome during TV Rose Selection on Monday night. Photo By Domnick Walsh © Eye Focus LTD - www.dwalshphoto.ieTralee Co Kerry Ireland Mobile Phone : 00353 87 26 72 033 Land Line : 00 353 66 71 22 981 E/mail : info@dwalshphoto.ie WEB Site : www.dwalshphoto.ie

 Louth Rose Megan Ferguson onstage in the Festival Dome during TV Rose Selection on Monday night. Photo Domnick Walsh © Eye Focus LTD www.dwalshphoto.ie

 

 

THE ROSE EXPERIENCE AIRS ON THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 29TH AT 8.30PM.


SPORT

GAELIC MASTERS LIVE

 

The Gaelic Masters is an annual football league for Gaelic players aged forty years and over which culminates in two competitive final events each season. Sponsored by IRISH TV, the 2016 Gaelic Masters finals including both the Masters and Shield (Runner-Up) events will be broadcast LIVE to a worldwide audience this Autumn on IRISH TV.  The league series has grown from just four participating counties to 12 counties in the 2016 final, with plans in place to grow it to 16 counties in 2017.

Former GAA greats such as Tyrone’s Peter Canavan, Down’s Mickey Linden, Mayo’s Pat Fallon and Kenneth Mortimer as well as Dublin legends Paul Curran and Joe McNally have all donned the Masters jersey for their respective counties in the Gaelic Masters.  Expect lots of live action, experienced play and visual proof that ageing is simply all in the mind.

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Mayo contested the 2014 Gaelic Masters Final. John Pat Sheridan (left and above) promotes the Gaelic Masters and plays for Mayo.

 

 Watch out for the Gaelic Masters Finals LIVE on IRISH TV in October.


 

CALL OF THE WILD

In this unique nature series field naturalist and photojournalist Vincent Hyland takes the viewer on a magical fauna and flora voyage across land and sea as he gives a voice to all creatures great and small and the many hazards threatening their habitats. This six-part wildlife series examines the creatures and cultures that shape Ireland’s environment and its precious wildlife.

Our natural world has never been so important with the impact on our environment, and the damages done to our flora & fauna. Vincent Hyland (pictured) has been studying animal behaviour for many years and this series while exploring the wonder and beauty of Irish land and marine life, also places the spotlight on issues from plastic and forest fires to pollution and lack of conservation that challenges our environment and its precious wildlife.

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CALL OF THE WILD AIRS ON IRISH TV THIS AUTUMN.

 


 MALACHI LIVE

This prime-time weekly series with renowned entertainer Malachi Cush will feature a host of celebrity interviews, comedy sketches and musical performances. Filmed in front of   a studio audience, Malachi Live will be pacey, punchy and personality, capturing the essence of who are.

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Expect top entertainment and well-known faces on this new weekend family series – a first for IRISH TV as it enters the chat-show arena.

 

MALACHI LIVE AIRS ON IRISH TV TO COINCIDE WITH THE CHANNEL’S LAUNCH ON SAORIVEW THIS AUTUMN.

 

 

 


 

BUSINESS MATTERS

 

From SMEs to global leaders there is a compelling story behind every business success.  This new weekly series on Irish TV meets driven entrepreneurs that are fueling the economy, creating employment and supporting and sustaining local, regional and national development.

THE NEW BUSINESS MATTERS WEEKLY SERIES AIRS ON IRISH TV THIS AUTUMN.

 Many of Irish TV’s favourite series will return also as part of our Autumn Schedule including County Matters, Out and About, Songs and Stories and The Half Door and Treyvaud’s Kitchen.

 

 

IRISH TV CAN BE VIEWED ON SKY 191, FREESAT 400, FREE TO AIR AND www.irishtv.ie/www.irishtv.com

DAY 3 AT THE NATIONAL PLOUGHING CHAMPIONSHIPS

We are exhausted!

We are also buzzing.

To pull off the feat of delivering 21 hours of LIVE broadcasting over the last three days of the National Ploughing Championships is an achievement we are thrilled to share with viewers. Sincere thanks to all of you who tuned in, who provided feedback and comments and words of encouragement to the IRISH TV team. A huge thank-you also to all the genuine contributors for giving a true account of themselves on our screens. You know we take you seriously and that you take us seriously in return.

Please enjoy our latest collage of photos celebrating all of the people we met and spoke to during ‘The Ploughing’.

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