American interest in Donegal TV

A new local television is making a name for itself with a six part series currently airing every Friday evening on Sky channel 191, andFreesat 400

Paul McLoone manager of Donegal TV says. ‘It was always our intention to run just four programmes for the year of the Gathering but because of the tremendous feedback, especially from Donegal people overseas, we decided that another six pogrammes would be appropriate.

“We got very positive feedback from many working in national TV networks on thestandard and quality of the first series and we intend to maintain these high standards for series two

“The programmes again are produced by Wallace Media in Newtowncunningham and the support we have recieved from the people of Donegal has been overwhelming. There is clearly a huge appetite amongst the Donegal public for local television and because so many of our young people are having to emigrate there is an onus on all of us to reach out to them and produce local television that will sustain into the future.

As most peo0ple know last Friday marked the 50th anniversary of the death of President John F Kennedy and the first programme featured the Donegal connection to President Kennedy’s funeral.

“ A great friend of President Kennedy was Tip O Neill whose ancestors hailed from Buncrana and the programme had a report on the Tip O Neill diaspora awards held in Inishowen each year.

Future programmes will have contributions from Shay Given, Seamus Coleman, Noel Cunningham, Brent Pope, John Sheehan, Packie Bonner,

Nathan Carter and Derek Ryan amongst others. There will also be lots of features from around the County including Fr McCullaghs work in Ethiopia, Relay for Life Donegal, GAA international policing tournament ,Taste of Donegal, Breezy Centre community success story,

According to Shane Wallace, a director of the company it was always the com0pany’s intention just to run a series of programmes this year but they have been contacted by a network in the USA which would like to run the Donegal TV programme in late December - early January 2014

Mr Wall ace concluded: “As yet no decisions have been made but TV is the future for regional broadcasting and is something that all of the Country needs to embrace in the not too distant future. At the moment we are just concentrating on this series and we hope that the people of Donegal really enjoy it.So tune in every Friday .”