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Mullach an Ois
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Transmitter masts at Mullaghanish
Highest point
Elevation 649 m (2,129 ft)
Prominence 264 m (866 ft)
Listing Marilyn, Hewitt
English translation summit of the deer
Language of name Irish
Mullaghanish is located in island of Ireland
Location in island of Ireland
Location Cork, Kerry, Ireland
Parent range Derrynasaggart Mountains
OSI/OSNI grid W214817
Topo map OSi Discovery 79

Mullaghanish (Irish: [Mullach an Ois] Error: {{Lang}}: text has italic markup (help)) is a 649 m high mountain in the Derrynasaggart range, located just northeast of Ballyvourney in County Cork, Ireland.

Transmission site

This site is home to one of Telefís Éireann's original five main television transmitters. Coming on air in December 1962, initially on low power, it was in full operation by September 1963 with a 625-line VHF service for the Southwest of Ireland, namely counties Cork, Kerry and Limerick. Today it is owned and operated by 2RN a subsidiary of RTÉ. In 2009 in preparation for the transmission of digital terrestrial television (DTT), a new mast was erected at Mullaghanish with a height of 225m, making it the tallest television transmitter in Ireland, the original 170m mast was subsequently removed. Analogue television transmissions from this site ended on 24 October 2012, and the national DTT service, Saorview, is now broadcast from Mullaghanish at an ERP of 200 kW, making this the most powerful television transmitter in all of Ireland, a distinction formerly attributed to the Cairn Hill (analogue) transmitter in County Longford.

As well as digital television, six national FM radio services are broadcast from the site, all using vertical polarisation. Local station, Radio Kerry, is broadcast from a directional antenna pointing west, into its target service area of County Kerry, and Newstalk is broadcast in mono.

The Mullaghanish transmitter has the highest number of relays (20) of any television transmitter in Ireland reflecting the difficult topography of its service area.

Current transmissions

Digital television

Frequency UHF kW Multiplex Pol
474 MHz 21 200 Saorview 1 H
498 MHz 24 200 Saorview 2 H

Analogue FM radio

Frequency kW Service
90.0 MHz 160 RTÉ Radio 1
92.2 MHz 160 RTÉ 2FM
94.4 MHz 160 RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta
97.0 MHz 20 Radio Kerry
99.6 MHz 160 RTÉ Lyric FM
101.8 MHz 160 Today FM
107.4 MHz 20 Newstalk

List of Mullaghanish DTT relay transmitters

Relay transmitter County Mux 1 Mux 2 kW Pol
Bandon Cork 47 44 0.04 H
Bantry Cork 33 36 2 V&H
Castletownbere Cork 40 43 4 V
Clonakilty Cork 48 46 0.05 H
Crosshaven Cork 46 56 0.5 V
Dingle Kerry 30 26 0.5 V
Drimoleague Cork 42 49 0.05 V
Dungarvan Waterford 32 34 10 H
Fermoy Cork 33 36 0.05 V
Ferrypoint Waterford 40 43 0.05 V
Glanmire Cork 47 44 0.2 H
Kilkeaveragh Kerry 47 44 8 V
Kinsale Cork 30 26 0.03 V
Knockmoyle Kerry 33 36 1 V
Leap Cork 46 48 0.02 H
Maamclassach Kerry 46 51 0.2 V
Mitchelstown Limerick 40 43 0.5 V
Mt. Gabriel Cork 37 31 0.5 V&H
Rosscarbery Cork 32 34 0.05 H
Timoleague Cork 26 29 0.01 V


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