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Ever watch Irish TV? It's creating 20 jobs in Kerry

The channel launched last May.

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IRISH TV IS set to create 20 new jobs in Kerry after launching its Munster regional hub.

The digital TV startup launched last May and has been broadcasting a full schedule since August. It targets the Irish diaspora, combining original and syndicated content.

The jobs, which will be based in Tralee, were announced by Diaspora Minister Jimmy Deenihan who opened the offices at the Kerry Technology Park.

Irish TV broadcasts 40 Irish-produced programmes every week, including 32 weekly ‘County Matters’ shows. It’s accessible on a number of platforms, including on Sky TV 191. It will be available on Saorview from March.

Husband and wife team Pierce and Mairead O’Reilly founded the company in 2011. UK-based entrepreneur John Griffin is providing financial backing. He was recently crowned Kerry London Person of the Year.

Kerry broadcaster Brian Hurley has been appointed the company’s Munster Regional Manager.

CEO Pierce O’Reilly said the channel’s ethos is to “showcase local stories, businesses, tourism and communities to a local and global audience”.

Tralee joins our other regional office locations in Mayo and Tyrone. As we are the only Irish TV channel to broadcast in the UK, we have regional headquarters in London and Manchester, with new offices scheduled to open this month in Birmingham and in the US.

Later this year, Jimmy Magee will launch a new sporting chat show on the channel – ‘Jimmy’s Heroes’.

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