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Country Ireland
Broadcast area Ireland (including Northern Ireland)
Worldwide online
Network RTÉ2
Headquarters Montrose, Donnybrook, Dublin 25 And Motrose Donnybrook Dublin 14
Language(s) English
Picture format PAL I standard
Owner Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ)
Sister channels RTÉ One
RTÉ News Now
Launched 29 September 1986 (As The Den (Original))
20 September 2010 (Block)
Former names Dempsey's DEN (1986–1990)
The Den (1990–1993, 2002–2010)
Den TV (1993–1998)
Den2 (1998–2002)
Saorview Channel 2 (HD) (RTÉ2)
Channel 12 (+1) (RTÉ2 +1)
Freeview (UK) Northern Ireland:
Channel 53 (RTÉ2)
Virgin Media Channel 102 (RTÉ2)
Channel 136 (HD) (RTÉ2)
Channel 601 (TRTÉ)
Virgin Media (UK) Northern Ireland:
Channel 876 (RTÉ2)
Saorsat Ka-Sat 9A (9.0°E), TP 20185 L
Channel 2 (RTÉ2)
Sky Channel 102 (SD/HD) (RTÉ2)
Channel 802 (SD) (RTÉ2)
Channel 202 (+1) (RTÉ2 +1)
Sky (UK) Northern Ireland:
Channel 162 (SD/HD) (RTÉ2)
Channel 836 (SD) (RTÉ2)
Astra 2E
11914 H 27500 5/6 (SD)
12246 V 27500 2/3 (HD)
Eir TV Channel 102 (RTÉ2)
Channel 116 (HD) (RTÉ2)
Channel 601 (TRTÉ)

TRTÉ is a programming block which airs on Irish public service broadcaster RTÉ2 targeting a demographic between 7 and 16 years of age. On Virgin Media Ireland and eir Vision, TRTÉ is a separate channel in the Children's section that simulcasts TRTÉ on RTÉ2.

Since 2016, the programming block has been downsized to only incorporate a number of key programmes such as News2day, The Simpsons, Home and Away and Neighbours due to significant cutbacks.

Past presenters

  • Stephen Byrne (Two Tube)
  • Blathnaid Treacy (Two Tube)
  • Simon Mulcahy (Swipe TV)
  • Claire O'Reilly (Swipe TV)
  • Una Foden
  • Ivan Minnock
  • Seán Regan
  • Diana Bunici

Past programming

  • Two Tube
  • Elev8
  • Swipe TV

Imported programming

TRTÉ has generally aired most teen/children's shows from original channels such as Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, Fox, Teletoon and Nickelodeon including iCarly, Aaron Stone, Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, Dani's House, Summerhill, The Simpsons, The Bagel and Becky Show, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, Pucca, Yin Yang Yo! and Freaktown.


TRTÉ, like RTÉjr, shows many family films during the holidays (summer, half-term, etc.). TRTÉ transmits only films that are rated G, PG & 12A.

Original series

TRTÉ has created a number of successful original series, usually reality shows for children, in which they must complete challenges. The original series currently listed on the official TRTÉ website include:

Reality TV

  • Mission Beach – Mission Beach USA follows eight Irish 16-year-old guys and girls as they train for three weeks at the Fort Lauderdale Junior Lifeguard Programme, Florida, USA.
  • Football's Next Star sees 10 Irish boys embark on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fulfill a boyhood dream, a unique chance to win a place at the renowned Celtic Youth Academy.
  • Pump Up My Dance is a new high-energy series where some of the finest Irish and International dance masters test talented young dancers with the toughest routines they have ever encountered. Each show features a different dance style where 20 hopefuls dance their hearts out. Just like in a professional audition, the Dance Master narrows down the 20 dancers to his/her top five who perform in Smock Alley Theatre just one week later.
  • Ultimate Street Challenge – Over 6 episodes 10 sixteen-year-olds battle it out through physical challenge on the streets of Dublin to find the Ultimate Street Challenge Champion.
  • Big Wave Bootcamp – Big Wave Bootcamp takes 8 surf-mad Irish teens and unleashes them on the world's most extreme surf school in the sunny shores of Hawaii! There they'll spend three weeks being tutored by a surfing legend Ken Bradshaw so they can take on the meanest barrels the Aloha state has to throw at them
  • Super Crew – TRTÉ goes on the hunt for the hottest teenage hip hop dancers in Super Crew with presenter Aidan Power and judges; Nike dancer/choreographer Kymberlee Jay, Irish producer/choreographer Stuart O'Connor and dancer/choreographer Jane Shortall.


  • Elev8 – Featured comedy sketches and celebrity news. Elev8 shows mad randomness in every episode with competitions, fashion advice and film and game reviews. The show aired 2011 - 2014 to a strong audience. The show was presented by Ivan Minnock, Seán Regan and Moldovan-born Diana Bunici.
  • OMG! Jedward's Dream Factory – JEDWARD are back in the Dream Factory and ready to make your dreams come true. Una Foden of the girl group The Saturdays replaced Jedward as host and the series was renamed Una's Dream Ticket.
  • Juice an educational chat show with Jarleth Regan.
  • TwoTube filler spots between The Simpsons, Home And Away and Neighbours.

Game/Quiz shows

  • The Mountain is TRTÉ's science adventure game show series which sees two teams complete science-based challenges around an adventure style course with the winning team reaching The Mountain summit. The Mountain was filmed at Carlingford Adventure Centre, Co Louth.
  • Sing! is a teenage version of The Lyrics Board in which contestants try to guess a song according to their lyrics. The show was presented by Brian Ormond with Emma O'Driscoll and Royseven's Paul Walsh as team captains.
  • Watch Your Language, with presenter Shonagh Lyons, is the hit wordplay game show where speed, teamwork and spelling are key.

News and sport

  • News2Day – Domestic and international news items of interest to younger viewers.


  • RoyRoy thinks he's just like any normal boy. Born into a real world, he's an every-day kid living in an every-day house in an every-day street in a suburb of Dublin. Inside Roy feels just like an ordinary boy but the trouble is, he's not . . . he's a cartoon. is the plot line listed on the show's official website. Unlike other TRTÉ original series, it also airs in the UK on CBBC.
  • The Importance of Being Whatever based on the stage play The Importance of Being Earnest


  • D411 a series looking at teenagers in Dublin.
  • Ireland Dig It! is a new, exciting archaeology adventure game show where teams of young people try join the brilliant, but slightly batty, Professor Gertrude McNulty to hunt down Uafás, an evil time bandit, who is destroying ancient Irish history! They voyage back through the centuries cracking codes, trading with Vikings, building portal tombs, sailing ships, playing Bronze Age instruments in their pursuit of the demon Uafás. Will they capture him before it's too late?

TV specials

Over holiday periods, along with movies, TRTÉ broadcast a selection of TV specials.

Specials that have aired are:

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