RTÉ Nationwide presenters Anne Cassin and Mary Kennedy Image Name: RTÉ Nationwide presenters Anne Cassin and Mary Kennedy Copyright: RTÉ

Monday 20th March, 7.00pm on RTÉ One

Tonight, Nationwide focuses on people in the business of grooming, fitness and beauty.

Presenter Anne Cassin finds out about the body beautiful when she sees bodybuilding duo Jessica and Adam Gresty in action in the gym.  Following a disciplined regime of weight training and controlled calorie intake, the siblings have achieved their desired body aesthetic and now they have taken bodybuilding to the next level by establishing an online business with advice and personalised training programmes on offer.

Since the 1970s the professional beauty business has gone from zero to a thriving multi- million euro industry. Getting international accreditation, with qualifications that were recognised worldwide, was vital to the future of Irish students, putting them at the cutting edge of the business.  Kay Galligan, of Galligan Beauty group was one of those pioneers and her college, on Grafton Street is celebrating 41 years.  Reporter Mary Fanning goes to meet her and her family.

If you take a stroll around the streets of Dublin, you can’t fail to notice the number of barber shops there are. One Dublin family has been in the barbering business for four generations and are constantly coming up with new innovative ideas to keep the business exciting and fresh. Reporter Valerie Waters meets up with owners of Sam’s Barbers in Cabra.


Wednesday 22nd March, 7.00pm on RTÉ One.

This evening on Nationwide, the programme looks at some new Irish inventions.

A lot of new products and services these days are app based, or high tech in some way.  Nationwide travels to Kerry to see a relatively traditional approach to solving an age old  problem – how to keep warm in a lightweight tent.  Reporter Niall Martin finds out more.

Coming up with the idea for a new product is just the start of a process;  bringing a new product to the marketplace and selling it is the big challenge. One County Carlow engineer, whose motivation for developing a new product was safety on the roads for runners and walkers at night, discovered that his local IT in Carlow had the necessary expertise to make his vision a reality.  Helen McInerney has the story.

With bike theft on the rise, a couple from Carlow have come up with a new invention to help prevent this – a storage box for bikes.  Nationwide reporter Niall Martin, a keen cyclist himself, meets with Louise and Stephen Murphy to find out a bit more about Cyc-Lok.

Finally on the programme, Mary Kennedy chats to Richard Curran about the upcoming series of Dragons Den which returns to RTÉ One this Sunday 26th March.


Friday 24th March, 7.00pm on RTÉ One

Tonight’s Nationwide features an eclectic mix of reports from around the country.

Reporter Gillian Stedman meets a teenager from County Kerry who is making sales around the world. Thirteen year old Dylan Mangan has set up his own business, showing young people how to capture memories with their grandparents. The idea came to Dylan during a business studies class in school and Gillian meets with him to find out more.

This Saturday, the Phoenix Park in Dublin will turn purple once again when Down Syndrome Ireland hosts its second annual ‘Purple Run’. DSI are a National Voluntary Organisation that support people with Down Syndrome and their families across the country.  The Tipperary branch of Down Syndrome Ireland are actively training for the Purple Run –  they’ve seen the benefits of early intervention for their children with Down Syndrome and how it has improved their quality of life. Helen McInerney visits County Tipperary to see the work that is being carried out there.

Finally, a Cork based photographer and organiser of Cork’s homeless street league has spent the last seven years capturing the action of Gaelic club games in their unique and amazing surroundings for his book Gaelic Fields.  Paul Carroll has created a photography documentary focusing on the backdrops of fields and grassroots games throughout every county in Ireland.  Starting the work in 2010, he travelled over 50,000 km focusing exclusively on club games.  Nationwide visits Paul in Cork where speaks all about his reasons for taking on this project.