As chairman for the Irish American Association I am delighted to have been involved with the launch of this important link to the Irish in the United States. It gives the Irish living in America a connection with contemporary Ireland and a sense of inclusion with Irish culture.
Today’s Ireland connects American viewers with contemporary Ireland through a balanced blend of news, current affairs, politics, economy, business, education, tourism, culture, drama, sports, and entertainment. The content is cooperatively provided by television broadcasters and film producers who share a common desire to promote better understanding of a 21st century European region to internationally-minded American viewers of Today’s Ireland throughout the US.
The content is provided by RTE, TV3 and TG4 and is augmented with additional programming from Northern Vision Television, independent productions from Northern Ireland and regional specialty programming such as ‘The Gathering 2013’ and ‘Derry-Londonderry- 2013 UK City of Culture’.
The Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D. broadcasted a special Saint Patrick’s Day ‘Message to America’ on the channel to mark the March 17 launch of Today’s Ireland in the U.S.
Launching initially with six hours of daily programming, Today’s Ireland has built to a 24/7 channel within a year.
Cinema Ireland is a weekly feature, with highly-acclaimed feature films provided by the Irish Film Board and Northern Ireland Screen.