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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

TV channel for Irish Diaspora to launch in May

IrishTV is planning to launch a 24/7 television channel aimed at Ireland's diaspora on 1 May. The new channel will target the diaspora in Canada, the USA, Britain and Europe and will broadcast on Sky 191, Freesat400 and (in the US) PBS. It will also be online at Irishtv.ie.

Broadcasting around the clock, IrishTV will screen 50 home-produced programmes every week, with original content from 6pm to midnight every evening. Among its flagships will be Out & About and County Matters. The latter will give each of the 32 counties of Ireland a 30-minute slot covering farming, property, history, finance, culture, traditions, rural life, sport... you name it. Each county will be able to showcase its stories to an international audience in a dedicated timeslot.

Speaking to Irish Genealogy News yesterday afternoon, IrishTV's Mark Dempsey directed me to a film, viewable from the company's existing online presence, of a visit to Norrth Tipperary Genealogy & Heritage Centre, featuring genealogist Nora O'Meara, which you can see here in its short form, or here (at 46 minutes) as part of an Out &About episode based on the area.