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At 7pm on RTÉ One.

The Local Eye – which goes behind the scenes at three new newspapers – The Northside People, The Nenagh Guardian and The Donegal Post.

Gareth Naughton writes:

It’s the battle of the hacks on The Local Eye tonight as Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Donegal.

Donegal Post editor Michael McHugh has an official pass but finds that this does not necessarily translate into access to the Royals. Will Donegal Post social diarist Gabrielle McMonagle be more successful with her guerrilla tactics?

Elsewhere on tonight’s episode: Doubting Thomas, Peter Gleeson investigates the healing powers of a holy well for the Nenagh Guardian while in Dublin Northside People reporter Neil Fetherstonhaugh visits pensioner pool champs banned from their own pool room!


The second series of The Local Eye starts on RTÉ One following the fortunes of three new local newspapers – The Donegal Post, The Nenagh Guardian and Mrs Brown’s favourite paper, The Northside People.

Gareth Naughten writes:

The Northside People has been mocking up papers for the hugely popular Mrs Brown’s Boys since 2011 Tonight fans will get a unique insight into how those headlines are made – and how they sometimes get the Northside People’s group editor Tony McCullagh into strife!

The Local Eye airs at 7pm on RTÉ One

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The Local Eye (documentery series going behind the scenes of three local papers: Mayo News, Munster Express and The Clare Champion) on RTÉ One at 7pm

Gareth Naughton writes:

On tonight’s episode Mayo News editor Neill O’Neill visits Westport House and lands himself a major scoop. Having decided to visit on foot of rumours of financial trouble, O’Neill speaks with Sheelyn Browne whose family owns the estate and who runs it alongside her sister. Westport House supports up to 2,000 jobs in the region having been developed as a tourist attraction by the family. Neill emerges from the interview with some shocking news – the future of Westport House hangs in the balance.


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[Local paper doc] The Local Eye at 7pm on RTÉ One.

Mayo News contributor Willie McHugh meets ‘Cowboy’ Jack Holian on his Daffodil Ranch near Cong.

Gareth Naughton writes:

Jack has led a long and interesting life, earning his nickname as an MC at a club in London before returning home to live in Ireland and, over the course of six years, build a road between two villages that he was told was an impossibility. Stonemason Jack also tells Willie about a round tower monument he built for his late father on the ranch….

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Writing At The Crossroads

‘Who Won The Whist In Mulranney?”


Staying in tonight?

The Local Eye [documentery series on three local papers, The Munster Express, The Mayo News and The Clare Champion] – on RTÉ One at 7pm.

Episode three featuring canny farmer Pat Roseingrave from Crusheen, Ennis, Co Clare.

Gareth Naughton writes:

Pat tells renowned seanchaí and Clare Champion contributor Eddie Lenihan (top right) how he won the All-Ireland with his prize bullock and shows him the real secret to finding beauty in the beast…

Previously: Writing At The Crossroads

‘Who Won The Whist In Mulranney?”


Staying in tonight.

The Local Eye on RTÉ One at 7pm

The second episode of the documentary series focusing on local newspapers, The Clare Champion, The Mayo News and The Munster Express, all  thriving in the cyber age.

Gareth Naughton writes:

In tonight’s episode Mayo News editor Neill O’Neill has an unexpectedly emotional encounter with landowner Brendan Holmes from Tiernaur, who shares memories of his much missed mother and his father who, as he puts it, was “too lazy to catch the flu”.


Last week: “Who Won The Whist In Mulranney?”