The Kennedys of Castleross
The serial was devised by Arks advertising agency on behalf of its client, Fry-Cadbury and the first script writers were Mark Grantham and Bill Nugent. The first episode was broadcast on 14 April 1955. The cast included Marie Kean, T. P. McKenna, Vincent Dowling, Angela Newman, and Philip O'Flynn.
Each fifteen-minute episode was transmitted at lunchtime on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The programme's signature tune was the second movement of Hamilton Harty's An Irish Symphony, sub-titled The Fair Day.
When Fry-Cadbury withdrew its sponsorship in the 1960s, Radio Éireann bowed to popular demand and retained the serial as part of its regular programming. However, after an almost 18-year unbroken run, the station announced in January 1973 that The Kennedys of Castleross had reached the end of its natural life and would be cancelled. As a measure of how much the long-running soap opera's popularity had declined since its heyday, Radio Éireann received only one letter of protest following the announcement.
For the final episode, Radio Éireann broke with convention and broadcast a special one-hour edition on Saturday 24 February 1973.
- In the early 1960s, the series was also broadcast on Radio Oglaigh na h-Éireann, a shortwave service for Irish troops serving overseas.
- The Irish Times, "An Irishman's Diary", 16 January 1965
- "RTÉ Libraries and Archives: preserving a unique record of Irish life". RTÉ. Retrieved 9/10/2011. Check date values in:
- The Irish Times, "Morning becomes David", 21 April 1994
- The Irish Times, "Only one letter mourns the 'Kennedys'", 11 January 1973
- The Irish Times, "Radio Today" (radio listings), 24 February 1973