Cúla 4

Cúla4 (Irish: Cúla Ceathair) is an Irish language programming block and a stand-alone television channel for Irish speaking children in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. It is operated by TG4.

Launched31 October 1996 (block)
1 September 2009 (channel)
NetworkTG4 (formerly known as Teilifís na Gaeilge until 1999)
Owned byTeilifís na Gaeilge
Picture format576i PAL I standard (analogue)16:9
1080i (HDTV) (from 30 September 2012 on UPC Ireland)
Formerly calledCúlabúla (1996–1999)
Sister channel(s)TG4
WebsiteCúla4 Website
Virgin Media IrelandChannel 602
eir VisionChannel 602


The strand was first established in 1996 as Cúlabúla; with the rebrand of TnaG to TG4 in 1999 Cúlabúla was renamed "Cúla4". As of 1 September 2009 Cúla4 is available as a separate channel to Virgin Media Ireland customers on channel 602.[1] A new schedule coincided with the launch on UPC.

The majority of programming is a mixture of homegrown and international programmes which are either dubbed or subtitled in Irish. Cúla4 works with international broadcasters to produce Irish versions of hit TV series which are seen on Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and PBS. It also works with homegrown animation companies to produce localized series. Cúla4 offers something unique in an already saturated kids television market in Ireland with the existence of RTÉjr/TRTÉ, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and the Disney Channel. Cúla4's programming is either in Irish or in Irish and English, unlike its competition where the majority of their programmes are entirely in English.

Cúla 4 strands

Other Cúla4 na nÓg programmes

Other Cúla 4 programmes

Cúla4 has also dubbed some children's films into Irish including Harry Potter, Jungledyret Hugo, Free Willy, Scooby Doo, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Thumbelina and A Troll in Central Park.

See also


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