WATCH: Newcastle West to get the full treatment on RTE’s Nationwide

Norma Prendiville


Norma Prendiville

THE County Limerick town of Newcastle West is to feature in a full-length programme of RTE's Nationwide.

The programme was filmed in March and April and is expected to look at the town, past, present and future.

Pat McLoughlin, the PRO for the Newcastle West Development Association, has confirmed that the programme will be broadcast at 7pm next Monday.

“The wonderful film crew of Matt Kelly and Marion Malone gathered hours of material,” Mr McLoughlin explained.

The duo filmed in the town on several days, covering various events, including sporting events.

“They didn’t leave a stone unturned and delved into the business, cultural, sporting and historical aspects of the town,” Mr McLoughlin explained.

They then returned for the visit of programme presenter, Mary Kennedy which, he added, generated a lot of local interest.

They also returned to film one of the events at Eigse Michael Hartnett.

Mr McLoughlin, who was also part of the steering committee behind Newcastle West Vision 2023, the new five year plan for the town adopted last year, stressed that the new umbrella group, the Newcastle West Development Association, was keen to use the Nationwide opportunity to promote the plan and the town in the most positive light.

“The association’s secretary, Dr Paddy Fullam and Vicki Nash interfaced with the production team, and together with chairman, Michael Finucane, were determined that the town would be seen in a constructive light, with its positive aspects to the fore,” Mr McLoughlin continued.

“I also think that people will be surprised by some of the statistics that have emerged.”

The Newcastle West Development Association will continue to promote and enhance the town at every opportunity, he added.

“We have a number of worthwhile and relevant projects in the pipeline.”