Belmont Harvest & Vintage Festival to feature on television

Damian Moran

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Damian Moran

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It was a case of “tractors, threshing and thatched cottages” in west Offaly on Sunday, as the Belmont Harvest & Vintage Festival got underway.

It was a case of “tractors, threshing and thatched cottages” in west Offaly on Sunday, as the Belmont Harvest & Vintage Festival got underway.

It was the very first year of the festival and the celebration was filmed by IRISH TV for a special SKY TV programme that will be broadcast this Thursday, October 17th at 9pm. The hour long programme airs on SKY TV channel 191 and Freesat 400 and relives the vintage days of threshing, combining, bailing and corn cutting.

“We were delighted to facilitate the IRISH TV film crew here in Belmont. It is fantastic that the Belmont Vintage festival will receive TV coverage in its inaugural year. I know that people from near and far will enjoy watching the programme this week on SKY TV channel 191” commented Brian Kenny, Belmont Festival organiser.

Speaking about the programme IRISHTV presenter Malachi Cush said he was thrilled that the Belmont Harvest & Vintage Festival was getting international TV coverage. “We have a huge viewership all around Ireland and the UK with growing numbers logging onto irishtv.ie every week from across America to watch our weekly show ‘Out & About in Ireland’. Events like the Belmont Harvest & Vintage Festival deserve to get TV coverage as they are the backbone of rural Irish life and showcase all that is good about community spirit around the country. This is a wonderfully organized event and a pleasure to film at. The one hour TV show is jam-packed with great interviews, loads of banter and features some great music and dancing.”

Apart from the Belmont Harvest & Vintage Festival, this week’s programme has some great features from around the country. We travel to the ploughing championships in Laois to showcase the latest Tumosan Tractors on offer. We also sample the atmosphere from the inaugural Dermot Earley Academy day, at the newly opened Connacht GAA centre in Bekon. The programme features some insightful and engaging interviews from Connacht GAA Officers John Prenty and John Tobin. We also speak to John O’Mahony T.D. and we have a special interview with An Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

There is also some great music on the show this week as we catch up with rising country music star Stuart Moyles for the launch of his new album.

The entire show can be viewed on Sky TV channel 191 or on Freesat 400 at 9pm this Thursday, October 17th. The programme is repeated Sunday at 7pm and Monday at 6pm. Alternatively you can watch the entire show online on www.irishtv.ie.