Glenroe 1st Broadcast 30 Years Ago Today

On this day 30 years ago, the first episode of popular Irish soap 'Glenroe' was broadcast on RTÉ Television.

The show introduced audiences to characters such as Miley, Biddy and Dinny, who would become household names throughout Ireland.

Here we present an extract from the first ever episode of the rural drama in which Dinny Byrne played by Joe Lynch and his son Miley Byrne played by Mick Lally, have sold their mountain family farm and are contemplating a move to North Wicklow.
Walking along a country road the two men discuss if they have done the right thing.

'Glenroe' became RTÉ's second major rural soap after 'The Riordans'. Dinny (Joe Lynch) and Miley (Mick Lally), the father and son who had featured in the rural series 'Bracken', were the central characters in 'Glenroe'.

Shot on location in Kilcoole, Newtownmountkennedy and in the RTÉ Television studios, the weekly series quickly climbed to the top of the Irish television ratings and ran until 2001.

Wesley Burrowes who had written 'The Riordans' and 'Bracken' also wrote 'Glenroe'.

Glenroe Cast
Glenroe Cast © RTÉ Archives 0540/029

Biddy and Miley's Wedding
A scene from Biddy and Miley's wedding day filmed in October 1985 with cast members are posing for a photograph outside the church. © RTÉ Archives 2002/020

The Byrne Family
The Byrne Family: Biddy, Miley and the kids. © RTÉ Archives 0548/038

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