Ireland AM

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Ireland AM
Ireland AM 2018 Logo.png
Ireland AM logo used since 30 August 2018
GenreBreakfast television programme
Presented by
Country of originIreland
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Celine Mc Gillycuddy
Producer(s)Sinead Ryan
Production location(s)Virgin Media Television HD Studio,
Ballymount, Dublin
Running time220 minutes
(including advertising)
Production company(s)Virgin Media Television
Original networkVirgin Media One
Picture format1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Original release20 September 1999 (1999-09-20) –
Related showsWeekend AM (2015-)
External links

Ireland AM is an Irish morning television show on Virgin Media One. It airs live every weekday morning from 07:00 to 10:30. The program features news, current affairs, weather updates, showbiz, fashion, beauty, food, health, home and garden. Its current presenters are Mark Cagney, Alan Hughes and Ciara Doherty (joined July 2015).[1]

Anna Daly left the show in July 2015 to take up her new role on Saturday AM and Sunday AM which began from 29 August 2015.

The show is currently sponsored by Fairy while the programme was previously sponsored by P&G, Unilever and Kellogg's.

As of 2018, Ireland AM is currently the only Irish breakfast programme currently airing.



Ireland AM was launched on 20 September 1999 on the 1st anniversary of TV3's launch, the first show of its kind in Ireland. It was originally on air from 7:00am to 9:00am, hosted by Mark Cagney and Amanda Byram. The show went on air almost a year after TV3 launched, and was seen as an attempt by the station to improve ratings.[2] A number of years after the start of the show TV3 executives decided on an extra hour for the show, the show now finishes at 10am.


In March 2004, Claire left the show in order to replace Gráinne Seoige as the main news anchor on TV3. Byrne was replaced by Maura Derrane, a news presenter on the channel. In October 2005, Mark Cagney was nominated and later won the TV Personality of the Year Award at the Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTAs). After two years as co-host, Maura Derrane left the show in September 2006. She was replaced by television newcomer Sinead Desmond.

As of 2008, Desmond and original presenter Cagney are the main hosts of the show along with Alan Hughes, Aidan Cooney and Anna Daly, who also frequently present segments and interview guests. Elaine Crowley presents news bulletins every half-hour, while Laura Woods is also a frequent contributor. Today FM's Adelle McDonnell has contributed to a section of the show featuring soaps.

Ireland AM won the 'Favourite TV Show in Ireland' at the TV Now Awards in 2009. The show won the award for Broadcaster/Journalist of the Year at the 2011 GALAs.[3]


In 2013 a revamp of TV3 daytime schedule saw Ireland AM add 40 minutes. It now airs from 7am to 10:30am(At 10:30 ITV's show This Morning airs Monday-Friday)From 07:00 - 08:00 Anton Savage presents a news and current affairs edition of the show, which is then followed by Ireland AM proper from 08:00 to 10:45. The revamp was due to falling daytime viewing figures from the channel.[4]

Ireland AM currently makes up 12.5% of TV3 output, or 41% of their legally required Irish programming content. The Best of Ireland AM airs at different times on Saturday and Sunday mornings on sister channel 3e, featuring highlights from the weekday shows. Ireland AM received an overhaul in September 2014. The show moved into the Sony HD Studios in Dublin's Ballymount.

In July 2015, Ciara Doherty joined the show replacing[1] Anna Daly who left the show to take up her new role on Saturday AM and Sunday AM which began from 29 August 2015.

On 31 July 2015 Ireland AM revamped its titles and on-air graphics.[5]

On 19 November 2015, Sinead Desmond quit her role on Ireland AM over an alleged gender pay gap row with the station. [6] Nearly six months after Desmond's departure, it was announced that Ciara Doherty would take over Desmond's role as co-host.[7]

On 30 August 2018, to coincide with the rebranding of TV3 to "Virgin Media One", a relaunch of the show took place. A new studio and a new on screen look was revealed. [8]

Weekend AM[edit]

On Saturday 29 August 2015, Ireland AM launched spin-off shows Saturday AM and Sunday AM. Both shows are hosted by Anna Daly providing a mix of current affairs, showbiz, entertainment, in-studio guests, cookery, debate and fashion. Anna hosts the show each Saturday with Simon Delaney and on Sunday, formerly with Ivan Yates and latterly with Ian Noctor. Saturday AM focuses more on light entertainment whereas Sunday AM concentrates more on current affairs, debate and an analysis of Sunday newspapers. TV3 News provides news updates.[9]

From 1 September 2018, to coincide with the rebranding of TV3 to "Virgin Media One", the Saturday and Sunday editions of the programme will be renamed as "Weekend AM".[10]


Ireland AM's current main presenters are Mark Cagney, Alan Hughes and Ciara Doherty.

Presenter Role Duration
Mark Cagney Co-host 1999–present
Alan Hughes Weather and traffic
Ciara Doherty Co-host 2015–present


  • Siobhan Bastible
  • Geraldine Lynagh
  • Michael Ryan
  • Anne O'Donnell
  • Niamh Kinsella


Regular contributors include journalists from the Irish Examiner, The Irish Times and

Presenter Role
Deric Ó h'Artagáin Weather
Lisa Fitzpatrick Fashion
Sonja Mohlich Fashion
Laura Bermingham Beauty
Celia Holman Lee Fashion
Andrea Roche Fashion
Anne-Marie Gannon Fashion
Barbara Stack Fashion
Rob Kenny Fashion
Ciara O'Doherty Fashion
Catherine Leyden Cookery
Edward Hayden Cookery
Dr. Sinead Beirne Health
Pete Wedderburn Pet advice
Colin Baker Gadgets
Ronan Casey Regional news
Sarina Bellissimo Movie reviews
Gordon Hayden Movie reviews
Lisa Cannon Movie reviews
Julianne Mooney Travel

Former presenters[edit]

Presenter Role Duration
Amanda Byram Co-host 1999-2000
Emma Buckley Co-host 2000
Claire Byrne Co-host 2000-2004
Maura Derrane Co-host 2004-2006
Sinead Desmond Co-host 2006–2017
Anton Savage Co-host 2013-2014
Anna Daly Co-host 2009-2015 (now presents Weekend AM)
Aidan Cooney Sport 2006-2018



  1. ^ a b "Ireland AM's New Reporter Is Unveiled As Anna Daly Departs For Weekend Slot -".
  2. ^ OUR CHEMISTRY WILL MAKE BREAKFAST GO WITH A BANG' TV3's top new team, Mark and Amanda, reveal their secret. [1]
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 November 2010. Retrieved 2013-08-06.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  9. ^ Quigley, Maeve (5 July 2015). "Anna Daly cried as credits rolled on final Ireland AM show".
  10. ^ TV3 reels in the years as it becomes Virgin Media One, Irish Times, 23 August 2018

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