1979 in Irish television

The following is a list of events relating to television in Ireland from 1979.

List of years in Irish television (table)


  • January – RTÉ establishes an internal working party to investigate the representation of women in news reporting. Their findings are published in April 1981.[1]
  • May – The Riordans is aired on television for the final time. It switches to radio and continues until 1985.[1]
  • 4 June – The long-running children's television series Bosco begins an eight-part pilot series.[1]
  • 29 September – 1 October – Coverage of Pope John Paul II's visit to Ireland is broadcast on RTÉ radio and television.[1]
  • 2 October – Mary McAleese debuts as a reporter on the current affairs programme Frontline.[1]
  • 12 December – Albert Reynolds is appointed as Minister for Posts and Telegraphs.[1]
  • Undated – The Late Late Show features Ireland's first television interview with a lesbian.[2]




Ongoing television programmes

Ending this year


See also


  1. "RTÉ Libraries and Archives: preserving a unique record of Irish life". Rte.ie. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  2. "The Sex Factor – Love & Sex, Independent Woman". Independent.ie. 7 October 2008. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
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