Ballyfermot Community Television goes on air with the first of four locally produced programmes.

The first television broadcasting licence to be issued to any group in the state, other than RTÉ, has gone to Ballyfermot Community Television. It has been granted a temporary licence to broadcast and the signal is being piped into homes in the area.

Residents of Ballyfermot in Dublin tune into the first of four programmes produced by their own local television station that went on air with coverage of the opening of the West Dublin Community Arts Week.

Ballyfermot Community Television announcer Tommy Morris says the station has been made possible by a joint venture between the Dublin Cable Company, the Senior College, Ballyfermot staff and the Ballyfermot Community Television Committee.

The television programmes are made in a studio in the local college and crewed by the video production course.

Without them we couldn’t have made any programmes.

The station will broadcast a live mass from the Church of the Assumption in Ballyfermot.

AN RTÉ News report broadcast on 8 September 1984. The reporter is Alan McCullough.