Sky News Ireland
|Sky News Ireland|
Sky News Ireland logo
|Launched||24 May 2004|
|Owned by||Sky Ireland|
|Sky Digital||channel 501 (ROI)|
|Astra 2B||12207 V|
|Chorus NTL||channel 202 & VHF analogue|
Sky News Ireland was a regional version of Sky News broadcast in Ireland. The block was separate from Sky News UK and Sky News International. Sky News Ireland was broadcast from its studios in Dublin. The service was also available in the UK and around the world on Sky News Active service.
Sky News launched in Europe in February 1989. In May 2004, Sky News confirmed the launch of an Irish version of the channel. Previous to this Sky News was broadcast in the Republic of Ireland with specific opt-out advertising and sponsorship. Specialized Irish content aired for 30 minutes each night from 19:00 and 22:00. These special broadcasts were presented by Gráinne Seoige, news anchor Ray Kennedy and Brian Daly. On 24 October 2005, the 19:00h programme was moved to 18:30h, this put it in direct competition with RTÉ News: Six One.
The bulletin was also available to international viewers via the Sky News Active service (red button) which proved quite popular with the Irish diaspora abroad. The channel was seen by European viewers with a DVB-S satellite receiver across Europe. Sky News Ireland was the first Irish news service to be broadcast in widescreen, beating plans by RTÉ News and TV3 News. On 27 December 2005 it was confirmed Sky News Ireland's 18:30h bulletin was to be simulcast on Sky1 from 9 January 2006.
Reporters for the service included Jonathan Healy, Alison O'Reilly, Orla Chennnaoui, David Blevins, Eibhlín Ní Chonghaile, Geraldine Lynagh, Amanda Cassidy, Aisling Ni Choisdealbha and John Sherwin. Weather on Sky News Ireland was usually presented by Lisa Burke.
In October 2006, viewer ratings for the 22:00h programme were 135,000 avg, the 18:30 programme received 65,000 avg. (Neilsen).
On 31 October 2006 it was announced that the programme block would cease at the end of November 2006. From 3 November 2006, no further Sky News Ireland bulletins were broadcast when the staff walked out. Ray Kennedy presented the final programme at 10.00pm on 3 November  after which the staff left in protest at the handling of the closure by their British Sky News managers in London
- "Sky News Ireland operation cut back". RTÉ News. 31 October 2006.
- "Ray Kennedy presents the final Sky News Ireland programme". October 3, 2009.