TV3 News at 5.30

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TV3 News at 5:30
TV3 News @ 5.30.jpg
Created by TV3 News
Presented by Alan Cantwell
Colette Fitzpatrick
Country of origin Ireland
Original language(s) English
Location(s) TV3, Westgate Business Park, Dublin 24, Ireland
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Distributor TV3 Ireland
Original network TV3
Picture format 16:9
Original release 19 March 2001 – 19 October 2012
Preceded by First Edition
Followed by The 5:30
Related shows Midday
TV3 Nightly News
Tonight with Vincent Browne
External links

TV3 News at 5.30 was the flagship evening news programme on the Irish television network TV3. It was produced by the TV3 News division.

The TV3 News at 5.30, presented by main newscasters Alan Cantwell and Colette Fitzpatrick, was a thirty-minute news programme covering Irish national and international news stories, broadcast at 5:30pm from Monday to Friday.

On Bank Holidays, the main evening bulletin usually aired at either 5:30pm, running for just five minutes.


When TV3 launched on 20 September 1998, its early evening news programme was called TV3 News @ 6. It provided a comprehensive view of the day's main international and national news stories, was presented by Alan Cantwell and Gráinne Seoige and was in direct competition with RTÉ News: Six One. This period of direct rivalry with RTÉ only lasted for a year as TV3 decided to break up the hour-long programme. As a result of this, two new programmes - First Edition at 5:30 pm and TV3 News @ 7 - were launched. Both programmes were still fronted by Cantwell and Seoige, while First Edition became Ireland's first early-evening news programme.

On 19 March 2001, First Edition was relaunched as TV3 News at 5.30 with Cantwell and Seoige still remaining at the helm. It was also around this time that TV3's second early evening news programme moved from 7:00 pm to 6:30 pm, becoming the TV3 News @ 6.30.

In 2004, Gráinne Seoige left TV3 News to become the new face of Sky News Ireland.[1] She was replaced as the main female presenter of TV3 News at 5.30 by Claire Byrne, who had been working with TV3 for a number of years at that stage.[2]

Two years later in 2006, Byrne left TV3 to front the new breakfast show on Newstalk. Her departure was not a happy one as a lengthy legal battle was played out. Colette Fitzpatrick took over from Byrne.[3]

In 2007, TV3 dropped their 6.30 news bulletin, leaving TV3 News at 5.30 as their only flagship evening news bulletin.

In 2010, Elaine Crowley became the latest co-presenter of TV3 News at 5.30 to join Alan Cantwell. She replaced Colette Fitzpatrick, who was on maternity leave. Fitzpatrick returned in 2011.

The last edition of the TV3 News at 5.30 was broadcast on 19 October 2012.


Main newscaster[edit]

Years Newscaster Other roles Previous roles
2001-2012 Alan Cantwell Former Midday presenter
2006-2012 Colette Fitzpatrick Midday and Midweek presenter

Relief newscasters[edit]

Years Newscaster Other roles Previous roles
2010-2011 Elaine Crowley Midday and Midweek presenter
2011-2012 Brian Daly News correspondent

Former presenters[edit]

Presenter Years Other roles
Gráinne Seoige 2001-2004
Claire Byrne 2004-2006


  1. ^ "Grainne Seoige to leave TV3 for Sky News". Breaking News. 2004-01-08. Retrieved 2011-01-15. 
  2. ^ "Claire Byrne Appointed News Anchor for TV3". IFTN. 2004-03-03. Retrieved 2011-01-15. 
  3. ^ "Colette Fitzpatrick Is TV3 News Anchor". IFTN. 2004-09-14. Retrieved 2011-01-15.