Ireland’s first international TV channel launched in Birmingham

World champion Irish dancer and Riverdance star, Ciara Sexton pictured with Pierce O’Reilly, CEO Irish TV

World champion Irish dancer and Riverdance star, Ciara Sexton pictured with Pierce O’Reilly, CEO Irish TV

Irish TV, Ireland’s first International TV channel was launched in Birmingham with a two-hour live extravaganza of chat, music, song and dance-broadcast from the Leinster Suite at Birmingham Irish Centre.

The largest of the Irish Centre’s function suites had been converted into an impressive TV studio, complete with chat show and entertainment stages, and additional capacity for a 200 seated invited audience.

The show also launched a new Midlands base for Irish TV which will be headed up by well-known radio and TV personality Bob Brolly.

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Make up time before the new show goes on air-Bob Brolly with Diana Stoencheva from the ‘Make Up Centre’ in Birmingham

Well used to fronting TV shows, Bob’s relaxed interview style soon had his chat show guests at ease. Representatives from the Irish community in Birmingham and others areas of the Midlands chatted to Bob including Sister Sabina from Sifa -Fireside, Kildare born Dennis Meagher, whose firm designed the recent Olympic torch, Irish dance teacher Carole Scanlon and John Fitzgerald of Minstrel Music.

The Birmingham Irish Pipes and Drums band opened the show and the Lord Mayor of Birmingham,Cllr Shafique Shah, whose grandmother came from Dublin welcomed the TV audience to Birmingham.

The Lord Mayor of Birmingham,Cllr Shafique Shah,  Pierce O’Reilly, CEO Irish TV,  Bob Brolly,  Dennis Meagher, Premier Metals in Coventry, and David Armstrong. Wasps, based at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. The Olympic torch in the picture represents the fact that during the recent Olympics, all the torches were made by Dennis’ firm in Coventry

The Lord Mayor of Birmingham,Cllr Shafique Shah,  Pierce O’Reilly, CEO Irish TV,  Bob Brolly,  Dennis Meagher, Premier Metals in Coventry, and David Armstrong. Wasps, based at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. The Olympic torch in the picture represents the fact that during the recent Olympics, all the torches were made by Dennis’ firm in Coventry

Irish dance, music and song included the Scanlon School of Irish dance, Riverdance star and World Champion Irish dance Ciara Sexton, The Father Teds and many more.

Within a short time Irish TV’s global audience began to tweet their delight with the new show and towards the end the ‘tweets’ reached one of the highest levels ever recorded.

Malachi Cush, Irish TV’s Head of Broadcasting said, “We are constantly pushing the broadcasting boundaries here of Irish TV and I’m sure they will have been very impressed with what they saw on their screens on March 26th.”

Speaking about Irish TV’s new office, based at the Irish Centre in Birmingham, Bob Brolly said, “Irish TV’s Midlands base will open up a whole new audience for the channel, as well as ensuring the Irish in this region can become more connected with home by telling their own stories of what’s happening in the Irish scene in the UK and also following what’s happening back home in Ireland.”

Katie McPhilimey who will be hosting the new Irish TV ‘Midlands Live’ programme

Katie McPhilimey who will be hosting the new Irish TV ‘Midlands Live’ programme

Irish TV will officially launch two new shows from the Midlands region.The first is a magazine style half-hour programme, ‘Midlands Live,’ which will feature mostly Irish related stories from across the Midlands. This show, which will air within the next two weeks, will be hosted by Katie McPhilimey who has Donegal and Galway roots-Katie is already well known in the region as managing editor of the luxury lifestyle magazine ‘Live 24 Seven’. Bob Brolly will also be appearing in this show from time to time.

Due to go on air within the next month is a 12-part series called ‘Brolly and Friends’, a one hour lively chat show with Bob and guests.

The new Irish TV office at the Irish Centre in Birmingham will also be fully operational within the next few weeks.