Nationwide – Week 33

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Monday 12th August, 7.00pm, RTÉ One

Tonight Nationwide heads to Drogheda in County Louth for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2019. It’s the world’s largest annual celebration of Irish music, language, song and dance and Nationwide hears about the great musical heritage of Drogheda and gets a sneak preview of some of the wonderful performances ahead of this week long festival.   We meet up with the Chief Executive of the Fleadh Cheoil who tells us how much of a success it was when Drogheda staged the event in 2018 and also we find out what it means for the economy in the region.  Plus the programme finds out what’s in store for people who are visiting the Fleadh this year.

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Drogheda is the pinnacle of the year for musicians and performers from all over the world.  Reporter Colm Flynn goes to visit a group in New York City to find out all about their preparation for this year’s Fleadh Ceoil. 

Wednesday 14th August, 7.00pm, RTÉ One

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Fastnet Race disaster.  Nineteen people died when a near hurricane storm hit the race, as it made its way from England towards the Fastnet Rock, off West Cork, and back.  On this evening’s programme, Donal Byrne meets sailors who survived the race and those involved in what became the largest ever search and rescue operation in peacetime Europe.

Friday 16th August, 7.00pm, RTÉ One

On tonight’s programme, Nationwide explores the Munster Vales, which is a new tourism initiative incorporating four counties in the province of Munster.  The Munster Vales promotes the geographical area, linking the counties of Waterford, Limerick, Cork and Tipperary, exploring the Mountains and valleys of the Comeraghs, the Knockmealdown the Galtees, as well as the areas of Ballyhoura and the Nagles.  The team takes a tour of this spectacular region with lush valleys, surging rivers, cascading waterfalls, and rugged coastline to see what’s on offer for all who decide to visit this area.