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Imagination and creativity will help us come to terms with 2020 and guide us into 2021

TOMMY TIERNAN: The Irish comedian heads the cast of Samhlú coming up on TG4. According to Commissioning editor, Proinsias Ní Ghráinne, community and creativity have always been at the heart of TG4’s output and people, creativity and wellbeing have never been more connected than during the last nine months.  
Robert McMillen

TG4, being much more than a broadcaster of television programmes, has Samhlú is a landmark cultural showcase to celebrate the artistic endeavours and creativity that have endured throughout Ireland despite a very challenging year. 

COVID-19 with its wide-ranging restrictions on public gatherings has had a significant impact on the arts, culture and entertainment worlds.

TG4 and the Department of Culture have come together to offer solidarity and support to Irish artists through Samhlú.

Community and creativity have always been at the heart of TG4’s output. People, creativity and well-being have never been more connected than during the last 9 months. We are delighted to partner with Creative Ireland to provide public access to creative endeavour and inventiveness across Ireland, projects that has been so life-affirming throughout a remarkable year for community and individuals.”

Samhlú has two elements which include a 90-minute programme airing on TG4 on the 15th December Samhlú 2020, and Samhlú Croí Cruthaitheach, a season of twelve commissioned short-form films which will air periodically over the course of 2021.

The Samhlú 2020 programme is set in the beautiful surrounds of Roundstone, Conamara, Co. Galway. 

Tommy Tiernan, taking on the role of The Wanderer, will host the spectacle, bringing the audience on a joyous and magical journey of music, dance, and theatre.

World renowned composer and Roundstone resident Bill Whelan’s new original composition, ‘Samhlú’ will premiere in the broadcast. 

The broadcast will also feature performances from Shane Hennessey, Moxie, Slow Moving Clouds, Julie Feeney, Morgan Bullock, David Geaney, Rónán Ó Snodaigh, Varo and Tonnta. 

Six short films which are legacy pieces will also feature interwoven into the performances of the evening.

Samhlú Croí Cruthaitheach is a selection of new abstract short-form documentary films featuring artists and creatives from all over Ireland. 


:: Samhlú 2020 airs on TG4 on Tuesday the 15th December at 9:30pm and can be viewed worldwide on the TG4 player

Samhlú Croí Cruthaitheach will air from the 6th January 2021.

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