Saturday December 7, 2019

This Life: Channel vision

Pierce O'Reilly and Mairead Ni­ Mhaoilchiarain staked everything they had on bringing IrishTV to the small screen, writes Alex Meehan.

13th April, 2014
Mairéad Ní Mhaoilchiarain and Piaras O'Reilly, owners of IrishTV, in their studio in Westport, Co Mayo. Picture: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

When IrishTV launches on May 1, it will be a long-awaited day for Mairead Ni­ Mhaoilchiarain and Pierce O'Reilly.

Billed as Ireland's first international TV channel covering local stories for a global audience, IrishTV is a project that has been six years in the making. The idea is simple - local stories, filmed and broadcast in Ireland and aimed at an international audience of emigrants and the broader diaspora.

At launch, it will be broadcast...

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