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1989 in Irish television

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List of years in Irish television (table)

The following is a list of events relating to television in Ireland from 1989.


  • 18 January – After a long absence for several years, British children's cult favourite Worzel Gummidge returns to Irish television screens with the series airing on Network 2 as part of Dempsey's Den.
  • 5 February – The world's first commercial DBS system, Sky Television, goes on air in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
  • 21 April – The first People in Need Telethon is broadcast by RTÉ.
  • 10 May – American television sitcom Thirtysomething is broadcast in Ireland for the first time.
  • 18 September – Irish television soap Fair City is first transmitted.[1]
  • 14 September – British children's stop motion animated series Postman Pat begins airing for the very first time ever on Irish television on Network 2 as part of Dempsey's Den after only airing in Northern Ireland and several parts of the Republic via access to British television. Also added to Thursday's lineup of children's programmes on Dempsey's Den includes the debut of the British animated series for preschoolers Spot (which was translated and dubbed into Irish as Echtrai Bhrain) and the return of television's very first animated prime time sitcom The Flintstones.
  • 26 December – The Fireman Sam Christmas special Snow Business goes to air on Network 2 but the series itself won't return to air on RTÉ until 13 March 2000.
  • Undated – US prime time soap opera Knots Landing starts being broadcast for the first time on Irish television on RTÉ Television.
  • Undated – The American animation studio Murakami-Wolf-Swenson launches a sister company called Fred Wolf Films in Dublin.



Network 2


  • Undated – Kelly (1989–2005)

Changes of network affiliation

Shows Moved from Moved to
The Flintstones RTÉ1 Network 2
The Road Runner Show RTÉ1 Network 2
Into the Labyrinth RTÉ1 Network 2
The Raccoons RTÉ1 Network 2
Sesame Street RTÉ1 Network 2
Alias the Jester RTÉ1 Network 2
Worzel Gummidge RTÉ1 Network 2
Cockleshell Bay RTÉ1 Network 2
/ Ovide Video RTÉ1 Network 2
Our Gang RTÉ1 Network 2
Doctor Dolittle RTÉ1 Network 2

Ongoing television programmes




Ending this year

  • 6 April – The Floradora Folk (1988–1989)

See also


  1. ^ "RTÉ Libraries and Archives: preserving a unique record of Irish life". Rte.ie. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
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