Irish TV Live Broadcast Brings New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade To Ireland and UK for First Time Ever

From: St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Inc.

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For Immediate Release

Irish TV Live Broadcast Brings New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade To Ireland and UK for First Time Ever

NEW YORK, NY February 18, 2016 – The New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the largest and most renowned St. Patrick’s Day parade in America, will be broadcast live for the first time ever in Ireland and the UK on March 17. St. Patrick’s Day Parade officials have partnered with Irish TV to facilitate the international broadcast of the 255th annual Parade that will see 200,000 people walk up Fifth Avenue on March 17th.

“We are honored that Irish TV allows us to share this great celebration of St. Patrick and of Irish-American traditions and values with the people of Ireland,” said St. Patrick’s Day Parade Board Chairman John Lahey. “As we march behind Sen. George Mitchell, our grand marshal and a man respected and beloved in Ireland, and as we mark the 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising, we send a message of unity back to our brothers and sisters in Ireland.”

“When you think about the history of the parade since 1762, it’s such an iconic celebration of all things Irish, just a perfect alignment,” said Eamonn Donlyn VP of Irish TV America. “As we get set to launch Irish TV across the US, it is great for us to be able to connect Irish communities on both sides of the ocean with this live broadcast, which is exactly the premise of the channel.”

“Irish TV is our ideal international TV partner and we are thrilled to have them onboard, and we are thankful to have them join our wonderful host station, WNBC-TV 4 in New York, who have been great partners in bringing this international broadcast to fruition,” said Hilary Beirne, Executive Secretary of the parade.

Irish TV’s coverage will keep the broadcast intact, with husband and wife team, Tommy Smyth and Treasa Goodwin Smyth anchoring the coverage as hosts for WNBC-TV 4.  

“New York has always been so connected to Ireland, and in the year of 2016, we are excited to transport our viewers to New York for one of the best St. Patrick’s Day events on the planet,” said Irish TV CEO, Pierce O’Reilly.


About the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade™, dedicated to St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland and of the Archdiocese of New York, starts at 11 am every March 17th at 44th Street and proceeds up Fifth Avenue to 79th street in Manhattan. The Parade marched for the first time in 1762, fourteen years before the Declaration of Independence was signed in Independence Hall, Philadelphia. Each year it hosts some 200,000 marchers and two million spectators, with many outstanding marching bands, bagpipers in marching formations, high-school and college bands from throughout the United States and from all over the world. The occasion is televised live to millions of households across the United States for four hours by host station WNBC-TV 4, and now to 15 million homes in Ireland and the UK on Irish TV.

About Irish TV

Irish TV is Ireland’s first international TV channel, and is rolling out in the United States and international markets on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, plus Apple and Android phones, iPads and tablets in March and April of 2016. The channel is available to over 30 million viewers on Sky TV 191 in Ireland and the UK, and is also available on Freesat Channel 400 across Europe, on Eircom’s eVision and on free to air boxes. Backed by UK entrepreneur and 2014 Kerry London Person of the Year, John Griffin, Irish TV has witnessed exceptional growth since launch with the vision of founders journalist and businessman, Pierce O’Reilly and businesswoman Mairéad Ní Mhaoilchiaráin.

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