An extract from the opening epsiode of Radio Éireann's first soap opera 'The Kennedys of Castleross' began which on 14 April 1955.

The introduction and opening scene from the first episode of 'The Kennedys of Castleross'. The programme was sponsored by Fry Cadbury.

Among the large cast of 'The Kennedys of Castleross' were the actors Marie Kean, Pat Laffan and Philip O'Flynn. Mark Grantham was the main writer at the start of the series. Hugh Leonard, David Hanly and Kevin Fuller also wrote scripts for the series.

The popular lunchtime series ran until 1975.