TG4 To Ring In The New Year With Live Show From Páidí Ó Sé’s Pub

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Paidi O Se’s pub in Ventry.

TG4 will broadcast a live show from Páidí Ó Sé’s pub in Ceann Trá on December 31 to ring in the 2018 which has been designated the Year of the Irish Language

The programme, Fáilte 2018, will be broadcast live from the famed pub featuring a review of 2017, music, dance and singing, from 11.30pm on New Year’s Eve to 1.15am on New Year’s Day, marking the beginning of Bliain na Gaeilge.

This special programme, sponsored by Foras na Gaeilge, the North-South language body, will include a review of the stories that made news in 2017.

It will also look forward to some of the events listed by lead organisation Conradh na Gaeilge to mark Bliain na Gaeilge during 2018.

It will also offer some top musical entertainment from host Pádraig Ó Sé and his group Polca 4 as well as guest musicians, singers and dancers.

This exciting New Year entertainment also marks the first major contribution to the TG4 programme schedule by Aniar, a newly formed production partnership that has won and signed a major output deal contract with the Irish language TV channel.

TG4’s Ardstiúrthóir, Alan Esslemont is looking forward to both the programme and the year for Irish: “The new technologies mean that we can now bring the language to every TV household in Ireland and to every internet and social media user on the globe. We will begin 2018 as we mean to go on – reaching out with authentic content that is attractive, entertaining and relevant.”


Niamh Ní Bhaoill of Aniar promises that viewers will have a feast of music and song to start the year. “The Gaeltacht culture of West Kerry is famed far and wide,” she says “and we will bring the cream of our local talent to the TG4 screen for this exciting live event.”


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