Ireland AM is an Irish morning television show on TV3. It airs live every weekday morning from 07:00 to 10:00. The program features news, current affairs, weather updates, showbiz, fashion, beauty, food, health, home and garden. Its current presenters are Mark Cagney, Sinead Desmond, Aidan Cooney, Alan Hughes and Ciara Doherty (joined July 2015).
Anna Daly left the show in July 2015 to take up her new role on Saturday AM and Sunday AM which began from 29 August 2015.
The show is currently sponsored by P&G, previously sponsored by Unilever and Kellogg's.
Ireland AM was launched on 20 September 1999 on the 1st anniversary of TV3's launch, the first show of its kind in Ireland. It was originally on air from 7:00am to 9:00am, hosted by Mark Cagney and Amanda Byram. The show went on air almost a year after TV3 launched, and was seen as an attempt by the station to improve ratings. A number of years after the start of the show TV3 executives decided on an extra hour for the show, the show now finishes at 10am.
In March 2004, Claire left the show in order to replace Gráinne Seoige as the main news anchor on TV3. Byrne was replaced by Maura Derrane, a news presenter on the channel. In October 2005, Mark Cagney was nominated and later won the TV Personality of the Year Award at the Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTAs). After two years as co-host, Maura Derrane left the show in September 2006. She was replaced by television newcomer Sinead Desmond.
As of 2008, Desmond and original presenter Cagney are the main hosts of the show along with Alan Hughes, Aidan Cooney and Anna Daly, who also frequently present segments and interview guests. Elaine Crowley presents news bulletins every half-hour, while Laura Woods is also a frequent contributor. Today FM's Adelle McDonnell has contributed to a section of the show featuring soaps.
Ireland AM won the 'Favourite TV Show in Ireland' at the TV Now Awards in 2009. The show won the award for Broadcaster/Journalist of the Year at the 2011 GALAs.
In 2013 a revamp of TV3 daytime schedule saw Ireland AM add 45 minutes. It now airs from 7am to 10:45am. From 07:00 - 08:00 Anton Savage presents a news and current affairs edition of the show, which is then followed by Ireland AM proper from 08:00 to 10:45. The revamp was due to falling daytime viewing figures from the channel.
Ireland AM currently makes up 12.5% of TV3 output, or 41% of their legally required Irish programming content. The Best of Ireland AM airs at different times on Saturday and Sunday mornings on sister channel 3e, featuring highlights from the weekday shows. Ireland AM received an overhaul in September 2014. The show moved into the Sony HD Studios in Dublin's Ballymount.
In July 2015, Ciara Doherty joined the show replacing Anna Daly who has left the show to take up her new role on Saturday AM and Sunday AM which began from 29 August 2015.
On 31 July 2015 Ireland AM revamped its titles and on-air graphics.
From Saturday 29 August 2015 Ireland AM will launch spin-off shows Saturday AM and Sunday AM. Both shows are hosted by Anna Daly providing a mix of current affairs, showbiz, entertainment, in-studio guests, cookery, debate and fashion. Anna will host the show each Saturday with Simon Delaney and on Sunday with formerly Ivan Yates and now Ian Noctor. Saturday AM will focus more on light entertainment whereas Sunday AM will focus more on current affairs, debate and an analysis of Sunday newspapers. TV3 News will provide news updates.
Ireland AM's current main presenters are Mark Cagney, Sinead Desmond, Alan Hughes, Aidan Cooney and Ciara Doherty.Siobhan Bastible
Regular contributors include journalists from the Irish Examiner, The Irish Times and TheJournal.ie.