The airing of the Nationwide episode from this month’s AOIFA Festival in Ardee has been delayed and is now set to air on RTE early next month.
Festival organisers were last week notified that the show, fronted by Mary Kennedy, would be broadcast this coming Monday (June 26th) on RTE One. However, the Nationwide production team now say the air date has now been pushed back. The new date – now confirmed – for broadcast is Monday July 10th, at the usual time of 7pm.
Ardee takes centre stage in the episode of the popular RTE series as the AOIFA Festival feature filmed during the Saturday of the festival will air on the national broadcaster. Host Kennedy was in the area having officially opened the festival on Friday evening and on Saturday, she filmed pieces to camera on the town itself, as well as in St Marys Church of Ireland were among those interviewed was festival organiser Candy Holten.
Also interviewed for the programme was Ardee’s Anna Keenan. Her exhibit The Turfman from Ardee (below) welcomed visitors to the Church of Ireland throughout the weekend and proved very popular, earning no shortage of admirers.
The popular and long running magazine programme is no stranger to the area. The programme – which is also fronted by Anne Cassin – has recently been in the Ardee area. Late last year, the show visited Reaghstown and specifically the set of the Wild Goose Lodge film ahead of it’s national release last October.
Nationwide airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7pm on RTE One.
Speaking as she officially opened the festival in the Church of the Nativity last week, Kennedy said she was humbled by her welcome to Ardee for the Celtic Way National Flower Festival.
“From the moment we came up the driveway, it was a feeling of welcome and celebration,” she said. “The place looks magnificent. I am humbled and awed by the creativity. I feel like a bit of an imposter! But I do love them, I love giving flowers, I love receiving flowers.
“Flowers are so uplifting and are such a lovely part of our lives,” Kennedy continued. “I take my hat off to people who can incorporate them – not into flower arrangements – but into floral art.