Kerry now has its own half-hour weekly TV programme following the launch of Ireland’s first international channel, IrishTV, this week.
Kerry County Matters will air each Wednesday at 7.30pm on IrishTV, and can be seen across Ireland, the UK, and Europe on Sky Channel 191, Freesat 400, Eircom’s eVision, free-to-air boxes and online at Irishtv.ie and Irishtv.com and in the US on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).
Broadcasting 24 hours a day, IrishTV will feature 50 unique home-produced programmes a week, with original content each night from 6-12pm, and each county in Ireland having its own dedicated show.
“The theme of the County Matters shows is simple – Irish rural life is unique, with its own cultures, traditions and events. At the heart of these events are people, and wherever people gather, we’ll be there,” said Kerry presenter John McCarthy.
“I think the entire country was waiting for this to happen. In Kerry alone there are so many stories in every corner of the county and people are so proud and passionate to tell them to me.
“Our team is travelling the county covering events and reporting on the essence of Kerry life for people at home and the Irish community abroad, and we can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org about your upcoming events.”
The station began broadcasting this week with a two-hour live launch party from Westport featuring stars of country and Irish music including Tommy Fleming, Sean Keane and Matt Molloy as well as showcasing a host of new IrishTV countrywide presenters.
“We have a host of original programming such as Cooking with Treyvaud with Killarney chef and YouTube sensation Paul Treyvaud who is set to become a huge hit with his unconventional approach,” said IrishTV Head of Broadcast Malachi Cush.
“Grass Roots is the first 32-county agriculture programme and will be hugely based around the small family farm.
“The Golf Show travels Ireland featuring a different golf club every week, while Storytime is a simple, engaging and educational daily production aimed at 6-10 year olds.
“We will also have fashion, a comedy drama, an innovative new classical music show and a search for a new traditional music star among others – not forgetting our huge concentration on country and Irish music.”