Irish National Coursing Finals to feature on IRISH TV

The slip of the hounds, the turn of the hare and the roar of the crowd will all feature as part of a special IRISH TV programme from the National Coursing Finals this week on IRISH TV.

ICC president Brian Divilly, Shannon and Billy Reilly and IRISH TV cameraman Martin O'Reilly

Highlights from the 3 day event will feature throughout the programme with discerning and engaging interviews from passionate coursing followers from Ireland and further afield.  President of the Irish Coursing Club Brian Divilly, ICC CEO DJ Histon and well known coursing enthusiasts Sir Mark Prescott, legendry punter Harry Findlay, Cork hurling manager Jimmy Barry Murphy are amongst those that feature in the insightful programme.

ICC president Brian Divilly, lengendry punter Harry Findlay and Pierce O'Reilly from IRISH TV

The programme also follows the fortunes of Ian Reillys dogs over the three days and follows his daughter Shannon and son Billy as they pray for a good result before each competition.  Berky Browne, 101 year Jack Powell, Imelda Grauer, Orla Farrelly, Liam Kelly, singer Jimmy Buckley, TD Michael Lowry and Gerry Chalke are also featured in the programme.

Jimmy Buckley and Pierce O'Reilly from IRISH TV

The programme can be viewed on Sky TV channel 191 and Freesat 400 on this Thursday February 13th at 9pm and online at

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IRISH TV at the Alltech International Craft Brews and Food Fair


The 2nd annual Alltech International Craft Brews and Food Fair, Ireland’s largest craft beer festival, opened its doors yesterday in Dublin’s Convention Centre and IRISH TV were there to film all the action.Over 5,000 people are expected to attend the fair throughout the weekend as our love for craft beer in Ireland grows and grows.



Along with enjoying more than 150 brews from more than 45 breweries from around the world and food from 17 Irish artisan food producers, attendees can also learn from food pairing experts, including TV chef Catherine Fulvio. World-renowned beer judges and international trade professionals will also be present for three days of learning, tasting and entertainment.


The Dublin Craft Beer Cup will also return to allow craft brewers to showcase their beers and have them rated by an international panel of experts. The award-winning brewers will receive the Dublin Craft Beer Cup. Winner of the 2013 Dublin Craft Beer Cup, Owen Scullion from Hilden Brewing Company, will also be exhibiting at the Fair.




IRISH TV at the SFA National Small Business Awards

IRISH TV headed along to the Printworks Conference Centre in Dublin Castle yesterday for the SFA National Small Business Awards 2014 launch.

Bobby Kerr, Minister John Perry and A.J. Noonan at the SFA National Small Business Awards

The aim of the SFA National Small Business Awards is to celebrate the achievements of small businesses in Ireland, and to recognise the vital contribution of the small business sector to the Irish economy and to showcase Ireland’s entrepreneurial talent. Small businesses are the engines for future growth in Ireland.

Bobby Kerr, Insomnia speaking at the SFA National Small Business Awards

The finalists for the 2014 awards were chosen yesterday. The winners will be announced on March 6th.  Bobby Kerr (Insomnia) and John Perry, Minister of State for  Small Business were guest speakers at the event. 


Alex Murphy from BFree talking to IRISH TV at the SFA National Small Business Awards

All the footage will be shown on IRISH TV shortly!

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Fáilte Ireland reveal Ireland’s 20 top tourist attractions


Fáilte Ireland have revealed Ireland’s 20 top tourist attractions. Their lists are broken down into “Free” and “Paid” attractions, and are ranked by the number of visitors.

Here is the top ten from each category:

The top 10 free tourist attractions in Ireland:


1. National Gallery of Ireland – 660,486 visitors
2. National Botanic Gardens – 544,685 visitors
3. National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology – 409,275 visitors
4. Farmleigh – 375,064 visitors
5. Science Gallery – 302,171 visitors
6. National Museum of Ireland – Natural History – 290,927 visitors
7. National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History – 271,309 visitors
8. Chester Beatty Library – 255,704 visitors
9. Holy Cross Abbey – 240,000 visitors
10. The National Library of Ireland – 180,320 visitors

The top 10 fee-charging tourist attractions in Ireland:


1. Guinness Storehouse – 1,087,209 visitors
2. Dublin Zoo – 1,029,417 visitors
3. Cliffs of Moher – 873,988 visitors
4. National Aquatic Centre – 813,406 visitors
5. Book of Kells – 561,259 visitors
6. Tayto Park – 391,000 visitors
7. St Patrick’s Cathedral – 385,000 visitors
8. Fota Wildlife Park – 377,500 visitors
9. Blarney Castle – 329,000 visitors
10. Kilmainham Gaol – 310,910 visitors

World Sleddogs Racing 2014


Lough Key in County Roscommon welcomed Irelands most prestigious two day sleddog racing event last weekend. IRISH TV were there to capture all the atmosphere and excitement from this unique racing event.


IRISH TV presenter Malachi Cush interviewed some of the organisers from the event including Mandy Hynes, PRO and Louise Fitzpatrick, Lough Key general manager .



All the action from the event will be shown on IRISH TV in the near future!

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Global Technology Leaders Summit 2013 – Silicon Valley

IRISH TV attended the ITLG Silicon Valley Technology Forum in the University of Limerick this week. The goal of the Forum was to identify the most promising entrepreneurial opportunities and investments in the global tech industry today.


The event featured the most innovative companies, eminent technologists, influential investors and journalists from around the world. The event was also attended by President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins.

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We have great interviews and features from some of the special guest speakers who attended the technology event, including Dragon Den stars Ramona Nicholas and Peter Casey.

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We also managed to get an exclusive interview with the President who talked about the positivity, investment and employment opportunities in the technological industry in Ireland.

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We also caught up with Ingrid Vanderveldt (Dell Entrepreneur-in-Residence),  investor Sean Gallagher and Mayor of Limerick Cllr. Kathleen Leddin.

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All the footage from this fantastic forum will air on IRISH TV shortly!!

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IRISH TV – January 30th

This week on IRISH TV we come to you from McCarthy’s bar, Westport as we feature a wonderful tribute to famed trad artist Tony Small. We interview Tony’s family and friends and feature fantastic music in honour of the Galway born musician.


We speak to Artist Nicky Dowd about her wonderful An Post Stamp Project. Nicky’s eye-catching project is a poignant reminder of the joy that letters brought to family and friends separated for financial or personal reasons.


We catch up with Marie in Manchester as she attends the Seamus Heaney tribute night in the Irish World Heritage Centre in Manchester. We have some great interviews and poetry from the event.


We also visit the Pat Divilly Fitness Studio in Galway. Ruaidhri chats to Pat about the success of his Fitness business and the launch of his new book.


Tune in this Thursday night at 9pm on SKY 191, Freesat 400 and online on

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IRISH TV – January 23rd

This week on IRISH TV (January 23rd) we travel to London to catch up with Pierce and the crew. Pierce brings us on a journey through the streets of London and visits the famous sites and landmarks!

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We take a trip to Westport to feature the launch of a beautiful newly published poetry book entitled ‘Best Loved Poems’ by Westport author Thomas F. Walsh. The book features favourite poems from the west of Ireland and is accompanied by stunning rural images by renowned Mayo photographer Liam Lyons.

 Pictured at the launch of ‘Best Loved Poems Favourite Poems from the West of Ireland’, are from left, Liam Lyons, IRISH TV presenter Pierce O'Reilly and Thomas F. Walsh

We also have some great footage from the Westport Film event, we feature footage from the Irish diaspora in Manchester, we have highlights from the  Irish Water Safety Awards 2013 and we have fantastic music on the show from legendary Irish singer Seán Keane.


Tune in to ‘Out & About in Ireland’ on SKY 191, Freesat 400 and online on on Thursday, January 23rd @ 9pm!

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Westport Music Festival 2014 tickets on sale now!


The Westport Festival of Music and Food 2014 (28-29 June 2014) is an annual 2-day family friendly event set amidst the stunning 400 acre estate of Westport House in County Mayo.


Featuring incredible international musical acts, quality on-site camping, amazing food, comedy, beer tents and wine bars, the organisers create a truly relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Musical acts announced for the festival include legendary rock singer Bryan Adams and American jazz band Kool & the Gang.


Festival-goers will have the opportunity to spend a summer weekend in the heart of one of Ireland’s most charming towns, recently voted the best place to live in Ireland by the Irish Times.


Tickets on sale now. For more information visit

Showcase, Ireland’s Creative Expo 19-22 January 2014


Showcase, Ireland’s Creative Expo is the place to discover unique design-lead products for 2014.


Now in its 38th year – Showcase is your chance to stock up on unique, design-led products in fashion, knitwear, crafts, gifts and home accessories that will give you the competitive edge.


Showcase puts a major emphasis on promoting new products and there will be more than ever at the show this year. Showcase actively promotes exciting new exhibitors and exhibitors you won’t see at any other shows this year.


For more information, visit

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