The world holds its breath today as the American people decide who will be their next President. The neck-and-neck divisive race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton has generated such a global sensation that even little children are keen to discover the outcome of today’s historic event.


In a matter of hours we will know the result. Will it be President Hillary Clinton who wins the election for the Democratic Party – or will Republican candidate, reality star and business mogul President Donald Trump be the name on everyone’s lips?


As incumbent President Barack Obama prepares to pass the reins in the handover set to officially take place in January 2017, his departure from the White House after eight years will inevitably raise questions about his legacy and the level of promised change and progress actually achieved during his tenure.


Whatever the outcome we wish both candidates well and can only hope that the new POTUS  – President of the United States of America – will hold a candle for Irish-Americans and continue to foster mutually beneficial relationships with the good, decent, hard-working people of Ireland.



FAI Junior Cup fans and supporters – be sure to stay tuned to IRISH TV on Friday November 4 next when third round highlights will be aired on the channel at 8.30pm.

Will Downing reports for IRISH TV: will-downing-sports-reporter

A new season of FAI Junior Cup football is around the corner, with enhanced coverage from the early rounds planned this season on IRISH TV to take in more action from the grassroots of Irish soccer.

The 2016 edition saw 564 clubs from all corners of the nation whittled down to the final two across nine months, and though two of the most successful sides of recent years ended up doing battle down Lansdowne Road in the Aviva Stadium decider, the competition continues to produce unique stories.


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With holders Liffey Wanderers jousting in the Intermediate Cup, River Valley Rangers from Swords weren’t necessarily looking to emulate Wanderers’ great achievements from 2015 in going all the way for the first time – just trying to rewrite their own history having reached the last 16 for the first time ever last season.



fai-junior-cup-3Having dispatched former League of Ireland side NewcastleWest  in the fifth round, a 3-1 sixth round win over Clones Town sent the Fingal side into the last 16 once more, and a difficult tie against perennial Limerick challengers Carew Park.

Not only did RVR put in a good challenge against this strong outfit, they beat them 3-1 thanks to two goals from Mark O’Brien and one from Ben Turley.

Athlone club St Peter’s would turn River Valley over in the quarter-finals, but for the North Dublin club, just reaching the quarter-finals was unprecedented glory in its own right.

Former Athlone Town striker Noel McGee would score the only goal at the AUL Complex, as the 2009 runners-up made their way through to a memorable semi-final.

But it wouldn’t be for the quality of play that their first meeting with Pike Rovers would be remembered.

Instead, a mid-April blizzard caused proceedings to be halted by referee Conor Byrne early in the second-half in Tullamore.

When the sides met again 11 days later, a wonderful John Connery strike set the seal on a 2-0 win for Pike, and they would be on their way to their first FAI Junior Cup Final since they won it last in 2011.

Pike had dispatched north-western survivors Glengad United in the last eight, the club from Inishowen previously earning famous victories over Castlebar Celtic and Cherry Orchard.

But their long drive in an FAI-supplied coach from Donegal for their first-ever Junior Cup quarter-final saw them concede four.



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In Clare, Newmarket Celtic entertained a bumper four-figure crowd at McDonagh Park for their first quarter-final since 1982, but fell 1-0 in their Shannonside derby to Janesboro FC of Limerick through a Shane Clarke spot-kick.

Winners in 2012 and 2013, but beaten by Liffey Wanderers in last season’s Aviva Stadium showpiece, Sheriff YC had much to prove in the 2016 edition.

A huge crowd swelled into Greendale to watch their North Dublin derby in the quarter-finals against Kilbarrack United, who – having fallen behind to Sean Murphy’s opener early on – would equalise magnificently through Mark Townley’s audacious lob from outside the area.

Darren O’Brien’s well-taken strike made it 2-1 to Sheriff after only 32 minutes, but that would prove to be the winner in this rematch of the finals from 2012 and 2013.

Not only would Sheriff arrest the progress of their cross-town rivals, but they would also dominate in Janesboro’s first semi-final since 2001, and only their second semi-final ever.

4-1 would be the margin in favour of the Dublin side as they romped to a fourth final in five years for a showdown against Pike Rovers – the first meeting of these two in the Junior Cup Final, despite their major combined success of recent years.

Again, the third-tier decider would attract a crowd of over 3000 for its final, with just the one goal deciding it in Sheriff’s favour: Sean Murphy’s cross meeting Mark Higgins’ head for what was described by runners-up Pike afterwards as “a Premier League-quality goal”.

The fourth year that the final has been held at the Aviva Stadium marks the third season of TV coverage for the competition on IRISH TV, and the enthusiasm shown by the organisers, sponsors and clubs has undeniably lifted the profile of the Junior Cup.

Even if the decider itself was not a thrill-a-minute spectacle, our special guests for the Cup Final – former Ireland manager Brian Kerr plus Match of the Day regular and ex-Ireland midfielder Kevin Kilbane – were as impressed by the technical quality of the play at the highest level of junior soccer – as our regular commentary team of Bernard O’Toole and League of Ireland winner Alan Cawley have been the past three seasons.


Sheriff’s third title in five years has them at the summit of recent junior football, though Fairview Rangers’ six Junior Cup crowns in eight years across the late nineties and early noughties will definitely take some beating.

Does anyone have the mettle to earn their spurs against Sheriff this season?


FAI JUNIOR CUP – third round highlights – Friday November 4 at 8.30pm


IRISH TV is delighted to launch a new four-part series celebrating the magnificent playing and unrivalled mastery of Sligo’s renowned fiddlers.

Sligo Style showcases the breathtaking musicianship, skill and virtuosity of four of Sligo’s finest traditional musicians – Declan Folan, Phillip Duffy, Oisin MacDiarmada and Seamie O’Dowd – as they give Waterboys fiddler, Steve Wickham, a master class in the subtleties and unique beauty of the Sligo Style of traditional fiddle playing.


The Sligo Style of fiddling is renowned in traditional music circles and represents a unique cultural phenomenon which was exported to the US by a handful of local men, whose subsequent recordings were to have an enduring legacy in the way the fiddle has been played since.

The recordings by Michael Coleman, Paddy Killoran and James Morrisson in the 1920’s and 30’s are considered to have saved traditional Irish music at a time when it was on the verge of extinction.

These gifted musicians soaked up the wealth of knowledge and love of traditional music in their home-places and pioneered virtuoso solo playing of the instrument using melody, rhythm and intricate ornamentation.

This music served as a centre-piece for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann when it was held in Sligo in 2014 and 2015 as a result of which interest in and appreciation of the genre grew. Musicians travelled from all over the Globe and from every corner of Ireland to gain exposure to the essence of the Sligo Style in the home of its premier exponents.

Produced as a series of fiddle master-classes by the Creative team of Ocean Media, a subsidiary of Ocean FM, with funding from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, the Sligo Style series is the result of a local broadcasting partnership between Ocean FM’s visual media unit, Films 4U, and IRISH TV, Ireland’s first international TV station.

Ocean FM presenter Niall Delaney was cleared by the broadcasting authority.

Niall Delaney, CEO of Ocean FM explained: “We are lucky to have had the talented Steve Wickham and the foremost exponents of Sligo Style fiddle available to take part in the series. These are the acknowledged Sligo fiddle masters of their generation and their talent, virtuosity and passion for this music lift the series beyond a simple teaching tool. We look forward to viewers from Ireland the UK and across America witnessing this showcase of our unique heritage on the IRISH TV platform.”

CEO IRISH TV Pierce O’Reilly said they were delighted with the extremely high standard of the production and said he looked forward to continuing the strong relationship with Ocean, which also produces the extremely popular Sligo County Matters hosted by Claire Ronan each week for IRISH TV.


“As we bring our content onto Saorview and begin to broadcast into the States, it is great for us to have a trusted regional partner like Ocean that understands the unique provenance and heritage of Irish culture like the Sligo style of fiddling and whom we can rely upon to bring these stories to the world with the best production quality available”, he said.

CEO of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI), Michael O’Keefe, added that the partnership between IRISH TV and Ocean showed a forward thinking collaboration that would mark the future of media growth in the coming years.

Noting that the application by a radio station to create a four part documentary series for TV was a first in the history of the BAI fund, he said he hoped it would not be the last and commended all involved in the production of a series of true importance to the heritage of the State.

The series was completed in its entirety by local talent from the Ocean Media team and shot in the Clarion Hotel’s stunning Canis Major Church against the backdrop of the Fleadh Ceol.

Director and lead camera operator was Ciaran Carty with editor Jacek Pinas, sound operator, Ray Duffy, lighting, Cormac Carol and a talented team of local camera operators.


Sligo Style starts Friday November 4th at 8pm-8.30pm, with a repeat broadcast on Saturdays at 11pm. The series is in four parts. 



IRISH TV is delighted to launch a second series of the very popular Treyvaud Travels cooking programme hosted by colourful chef Paul Treyvaud – whose goal as a chef is to take the fear out of cooking. The new series promises not only to show viewers how to have fun creating meals from wholesome Irish ingredients but also to highlight the wonderful asset that is the River Shannon so rich with natural resources and talented people in the many townlands surrounding it.


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Treyvaud explains:

The ultimate dream is to help people realise that cooking is fun and something that can be enjoyed with all the family. I want to take the fear out of cooking because it is really simple. It is not complicated. We are not trying to create restaurant food here but what people will be cooking at home.

The Shannon is one of the most stunning natural waterways in the world and the cruise series shows what can be found in towns and villages along the route and how easy it is to cook different food whether on the back of a boat or the side of a river. Viewers get to see what is on offer along the way – the many great pubs, restaurants and food outlets and the wonderful people working so hard to make a living there. I am confident when viewers see this part of the country in this series, which really does not get enough attention, they will fall in love with it as much as we did. I won’t be surprised if the reaction is ‘cancel the holiday to Spain, we’re off to The Shannon!’


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Words are simply not enough to describe what an amazing experience it was to take a boat (the Waterford cruiser from Carrick Craft) down the Shannon – one of the most stunning natural waterways.

We were also delighted with the wonderful support we received from locals along the route who came out in their hundreds to help, introducing us to some incredible characters and driving us to hidden gems on the landscape


Viewers can look forward to watching as I use wholesome Irish ingredients to produce real food for real people. These are recipes everybody can relate to but cooked and presented in a unique way. It is about showing how much fun and how easy it is to cook with ingredients and get your hands dirty.


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My main message around cooking is that I will eliminate the fear of cooking. I will make it so easy for you to cook amazing recipes at home and you will be blown away at just how easy it is to cook like a professional. There will be no kale, no quinoa and no chia seeds – just brilliant recipes for everyone to enjoy. Remember the most important things in cooking – butter for flavor, oil for heat and season, season, season!


Watch out for Treyvaud’s Travels – The Shannon – on Tuesday November 1st at 8pm – running for 7 weeks – repeats Sunday 8.30pm.


Brexit, development in Dublin and the modelling industry – all on this week’s Dublin County Matters

On Dublin County Matters this week tune in to hear Corina Cretu, European Commissioner for Regional Development as she explains where Euro funding is being spent in Dublin. The Commissioner also talks to presenter Rebecca Horan about the migrants crisis and what the future may hold when Article 50 is invoked to make Britain’s exit from Europe and Brexit a reality.
In another report from the Property Expo in Dublin Robert O’Connor, Director, speaks on the state of the market at home and abroad while Derek Daniels, CEO of Assets Model Agency and model Corina Grant Doyle give their views on the state of the modelling industry.


Finally the programme carries a feature from Aras an Uachtaran where a special ceremony hosted by President Michael D Higgins is held to welcome the President of Cyprus to Ireland.

Tune in to Dublin County Matters – Thursday November 3rd at 7pm (repeat show Sundays 8.30am and Wednesdays 4.30pm).

Pic: Robert O’Connor and Rebecca Horan.


 7Though many wouldn’t think it, the cold and dark winter weather can increase the risk of break-ins at home.

Shorter days means the house stands in the dark for longer, with many not arriving home from work until night time or heading on holiday to warmer climates. This is an added opportunity for thieves to lurk around the property undetected.


Coming home to a break-in can leave a lasting emotional impact. A recent survey found that 35 per cent of break-in victims experienced stress and anxiety and 11 per cent were unable to be at home alone.

It is important to take extra steps to secure your home during the winter months. Creating the impression that someone is home and installing visible security measures, such as CCTV cameras or alarm systems, can help to deter thieves and reduce the risk of a break-in.



The following seven home security tips to help protect you, your family and your home have been passed on to us courtesy of

  1. Double check doors and windows are locked before you leave the house. It sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised how often this is not done. Statistically 12 per cent of break-ins are through an unlocked window.
  2. Install time-switch lights. If you travel or get home late, setting automatic timers to turn the lights on when it gets dark can help to create the impression that someone is home.
  3. Ensure access points are well-lit. Exterior motion-sensor lights can also help to deter criminals.
  4. Check that outdoor security equipment, such as lights and motion sensors, are working properly and haven’t been damaged by heavy rain or hail.
  5. Cut back shrubs and ensure the entrance to the home is visible from the street. This eliminates hiding spots.
  6. Store summer outdoor furniture and sporting equipment out-of-sight and under lock and key.
  7. monitored alarm systemis an added layer of security that can provide peace of mind. Seventy-one per cent of people don’t investigate or call the police when they hear an alarm, while a monitored alarm system ensures a response will be initiated and the incident appropriately handled.

For further information and advice on how to best protect your home and your family, call 071 9145107 or visit in-store at The Mall, Sligo, across from the Hospital, to learn about protecting your home.


The 2016 Irish Country Music Awards (ICMA) show broadcast live on the global digital IRISH TV channel in May this year has been shortlisted for the best International Production in the Royal Television Society (RTS) Northern Ireland Programme Awards.

The Awards, which are scheduled to take place on Thursday 17 November at The MAC, Belfast, celebrate the best of creative talent and television production in the industry.

The IRISH TV 2016 ICMA took place on Thursday May 19th at the Armagh City Hotel and proved a spectacular event showcasing Ireland’s vibrant country music scene. Performing on stage were the cream of Irish country stars including Susan McCann, Roly Daniels, Philomena Begley and Johnny Brady with international country legends Larry Gatlin and Mo Pitney flying over especially to make guest appearances.

A repeat broadcast of the ICMA Awards will air on IRISH TV this Friday October 28th from 8pm-10.30pm.

For a flavour of the night, please enjoy the video links below:


Welcoming the endorsement from the RTS, Martin O’Reilly, Head of Production with IRISH TV stated: “We are absolutely honoured by this nomination. These are very prestigious awards which recognise the best of creative talent and television production. The IRISH TV Country Music Awards were one of the biggest live television broadcasts that took place in Northern Ireland in 2016 and this nomination recognises the collaborative efforts of all involved in the production.”

ICMA host Malachi Cush added: “I am absolutely delighted IRISH TV has been shortlisted for this award. IRISH TV was the first ever broadcaster to host such an event and the reaction from the audience at home and abroad has been very satisfying for all of us who worked on it.  We look forward to joining the many other nominees at the awards event in November.”


The RTS Society is supported by UK and global broadcasters, producers and consultants, including Principal Patrons BBC, BskyB, Channel 4 and ITV.

Originally founded as the Television Society in 1927, the Society was granted its Royal title in 1966 with HRH Prince of Wales becoming Patron in 1997. Each year the RTS stages a keynote event when global television leaders gather to discuss what the future holds for television at the body’s RTS Cambridge Convention in London.

Announcing the 2016 Awards shortlist the RTS revealed the Judges had a tough task selecting the final three for each category due to the high level of entries.

IRISH TV was nominated in the International Production category for the IRISH TV & Riverside Media: IRISH TV Country Music Awards, alongside two other nominees: Sixteen South: Lily’s Driftwood Bay and BBC Sport: Sports Personality of the Year.
The RTS Northern Ireland Programme Awards, chaired by renowned broadcaster Adrian Chiles, are held in association with Performance Film and Media Insurance and delivered in partnership with BBC Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Screen and Channel 4.



Album of the Year – Mike Denver ‘Cut Loose’ (presented by Brian Hurley)

Single of the Year – Johnny Brady ‘Livin for the Jive’ (presented by Hugo Duncan)

Best Video – Hurricane Highway, Hey Pretty Girl (presented by Mo Pitney)

Songwriter Award – Lee Matthews – The Irish Way (presented by Frank Mitchell)

Country Music Venue of the Year –The Allingham Arms Hotel, Bundoran (presented by Pio McCann)

Best Male – Nathan Carter presented by Irish TV CEO Pierce O’ Reilly

Best Female – Lisa McHugh (Presented by Karen Scott)

Country DJ of the Year – Pio McCann (presented by Fr Brian Darcy)

Hall of Fame – Mick Flavin (presented by Larry Gatlin)

Newcomer of the Year – Cliona Hagan (presented by Susan McCann)


Irish TV can be viewed on Sky channel 191, free to air boxes, Freesat 400, eircom’s eVision 191 and online 24 hours a day at






IRISH TV has a hectic schedule of top quality programmes lined up for viewers around the world over the next few weeks, as we coincide the run-up to the festive season with the launch of some of our Autumn hot picks – including Treyvaud Travels (chef Paul Treyvaud adds novelty and flair as he cooks and cruises along the River Shannon – starts Tuesday November 1st at 8.30pm x 7 weeks; Sligo Style – showcasing master fiddle classes handed down by Sligo fiddle experts – starts Friday November 4th at 8pm x 4 weeks; and Call Of The Wild – our new and unique wildlife series that gives a voice to the creatures of the wild by highlighting environmental threats and challenges to their habitats – starts Wednesday November 16th at 8pm x 6 weeks and Young, Irish and Living the Dream (in New York City) – starts Thursday November 24th at 8.30pm x 5 weeks. 

Also watch out for some exciting sports coverage, starting with the FAI JUNIOR CUP third round highlights on Friday November 4th at 8.30pm and three hours of coverage of the GAELIC MASTERS 2016 finals to be broadcast on Saturday November 19th from 3pm-6pm, filmed live from live event on Nov 12.



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In just two weeks time the 2016 US presidential election takes place, following which, the American people will have a new leader, to succeed outgoing President Barack Obama.

Will November 8 deliver Hillary Clinton as the next US President or will we instead be referring to President Donald Trump?

Following the third and final presidential debate held at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas on October 19 last, the reality is anything can happen. Both Trump and Clinton held their nerve and controlled their emotions for the most part in this critical debate so that by the end of it all, the American public was treated to mostly repetition of what had gone on in previous debates.


While Trump rose to the bait on occasion displaying a tendency for playground standard tit for tat parrying, overall he kept his cool and talked what can only have been judged as a lot of sense by viewers. With strong words on the economy and global trade and hard-line talk around security, gun control, abortion and terrorist threats, there is no doubt his loyal following will have cemented as a result of this performance.

Clinton for her part came across as possibly the most controlled she has been throughout the three debates. Looking immaculate in her choice of cream-coloured suit, her delivery was polished and poised as she argued point for point against Trump. From Supreme Court Judge appointments to immigration, border security and the economy, she talked up the current Democratic Party style of leadership while promising to add to it with embellishments here and there.

Trump countered that America had failed dismally under President Barack Obama; it could not afford the ongoing entitlements payout under Medicare; the attack of Iraq on Iran had happened on its watch; it had been out-played by other powerful leaders, such as Assad and Putin; it was propping up rich economies while draining the US economy dry.

In typical style he was close to incendiary on terrorism threats – claiming that a large percentage of fleeing refugees entering the US were no doubt ISIS radicals (“thanks a lot for that Hillary; Nobody can believe how stupid our leadership is”), to which Clinton retorted that all persons entering the States were fully and properly vetted on terrorism grounds.

The odd pow wow took place  – Trump describing Clinton’s 30 years of experience as ‘bad experience’ and Clinton’s repartee that while she worked he was not paying taxes and presenting Celebrity Apprentice Clinton.


Some nasty moments arose as ever – with Trump attempting to validate his claims that the ‘election is rigged’  on the basis that Clinton ‘should never have been allowed to run based on what she did with emails and so many things.’

When pushed on accepting the outcome of the election, whatever it may be, Trump reiterated he will decide once it happens; until then he will keep people in suspense.

In contrast to such straight-talking, Clinton came across as more prepared and bland as she repeated her arguments around taxing the rich and growing the middle class while insisting that as a nation of immigrants that operated on a system of laws, border security would be maintained.

Commenting on the 11 million undocumented living in the US and the 4 million American citizen children born to them, she stated: “I will bring the undocumented out from the shadows and in to the market economy which will be good for everyone.”

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As for the hot topic around Fitness For The Office Of President – despite the scandals and the many women coming forward to claim that Trump had sexually assaulted them – somehow this theme again got turned around to Clinton – and questions remaining to be answered around the purported dissemination of classified information from her private email account.

Asked directly about the nine women who have ‘come forward to say you groped or kissed them without their consent’, Trump rounded: “Nobody has more respect for women than I do. Those stories have been largely debunked, I don’t know those people, I have a feeling they came from her campaign; we know she paid some of them €1500 to be violent at my rallies.”

On this theme Clinton offered: “We heard him saying what he did to women and after that these women came forward to confirm this is what he did; we know who he is and how he acts to women. We must be very clear what kind of person we want as president, that we do not pit against each other but instead work together and lift each other up.”

How America decides to vote for its next President will certainly prove a test for the nation.


The music series that is the beautiful Sunnyside Sessions showcasing Irish bands from a gorgeous garden setting in New York City is set to air on IRISH TV once more.


In episode 1 which airs on Thursday October 27 at 11pm host Cathy Maguire meets Irish artists Mark Dignam, John and Sean Henshaw and bands Ham Sandwich and Seo Linn, each of whom provide captivating performances from this unique US setting.

If you missed it first time around, make sure not to let it happen a second time. Visually and musically stunning – Sunnyside Sessions is one of the gems of Irish America.





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