How To Be Irish: Get Involved


rteThis sounds interesting. RTÉ is airing its first user-generated documentary on being Irish on St Patrick’s Day. The programme will be made entirely of clips sent in by viewers talking about, or otherwise illustrating, what being Irish means to them.

Here’s the blurb:

On Friday 17th February RTÉ Television launched its call for people everywhere, in Ireland and worldwide, to tell us #HowToBeIrish and possibly feature in this unique television programme. The call-out is also being led by RTÉ 2fm’s Rick O’Shea on his Rick in the Afternoon programme.

Anyone who wants to take part – wherever and whoever they are – should think about the feelings, images, thoughts, songs, jokes or special moments which they feel best sum up being Irish and use their cameras, camcorders, webcams or mobile phones to capture their version of #HowToBeIrish.

RTÉ will select the funniest, most touching, awe-inspiring and strange responses for the television programme, #HowToBeIrish, which will be broadcast on RTÉ One and on RTÉ.ie on St Patrick’s Day 2012. And we’ll share the best of the rest with our RTÉ.ie visitors.

There are many ways of being Irish and the conversation is open to anyone anywhere who would like to send us their thoughts on being Irish. Whatever #HowToBeIrish means to you, we want you to show us on camera.

Details of how to submit:

    1] Record up to 3 minutes of material, maybe even 5, showing us How To Be Irish.

    2] If you film in public, make sure you have permission to film anyone you interview or feature. If you film in private, make sure you have permission from everyone.

    3] It is not necessary to edit your material, although you can do so if you wish.

    4] Don’t use any music unless you’ve got permission from the rights-holders.

    5] Email a file of your footage, preferably a Quicktime, or send us a link of it on YouTube to by 6pm on March 5th (you can even post us in your tapes if you like).

    6]Any questions? Email now.

#HowToBeIrish will be hosted by Twitterato extraordinaire Rick O’Shea of RTÉ 2fm, helped by model and Facebook maven Faye Dinsmore and RTÉ Television presenter and You Tube star Stephen Byrne.

For more information on how to send us your material go to If you still have any questions, e-mail us at

Closing date for submission of material is 6pm on Monday 5th March.

Ireland’s Biggest Hits 2009

Craig Doyle
Craig Doyle
Craig Doyle

Broadcast on RTÉ One on January 1st 2010, Ireland’s Biggest Hits gives a rundown of what we Googled most in 2009.

Presented by Craig Doyle, this could have been a bit of a bore, viewable by only the nerdy, geeky people (like myself) but instead Coco Television have produced an interesting, entertaining programme.

Searches looked at included the deaths of Michael Jackson, Stephen Gately and Jade Goody. Political and current affairs searches included Cowengate and John O’Donoghue’s expenditure.

What sets this show apart though, it wasn’t just another run down from 20 to 1. The items are grouped together nicely so we’re not jumping from entertainment to sport to politics and back again. The whole thing is put together in a seamless package.

Add to that, contributions from some of Ireland’s most influential internet people like, Damien Mulley, Rick O’Shea and Mark Little and you’re in for an enjoyable watching experience.

Coco Television’s Website

If you’re in Ireland you can see the programme on RTE’s iplayer until January 22nd 2010.

Photo of Craig from Here