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The cost of Carrigstown: RTE spend €11m per year on Fair City

Published 05/12/2015 | 13:03

15/09/14 From left, Ryan Andrews (Sean Cassidy) , Donna Nikolaisen (Ama), Jenny Dixon (Kerri-Ann Boyle), Tom Jorday (Charlie Kelly), Bryan Murray (Bob Charles), Aoibheann McCaul (Caoimhe Dillon), Rachel Pilkington (Jane Black) and Steve Gunn (Dan Keating) on the set of RTE's Fair City pictured on the set of the show this afternoon to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the popular soap Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
15/09/14 From left, Ryan Andrews (Sean Cassidy) , Donna Nikolaisen (Ama), Jenny Dixon (Kerri-Ann Boyle), Tom Jorday (Charlie Kelly), Bryan Murray (Bob Charles), Aoibheann McCaul (Caoimhe Dillon), Rachel Pilkington (Jane Black) and Steve Gunn (Dan Keating) on the set of RTE's Fair City pictured on the set of the show this afternoon to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the popular soap Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
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A car crash rocked Carrigstown earlier this year
Jenny Dixon, (Kerri-Ann Boyle), left and Aoibheann McCaul (Caoimhe Dillon) on the set of RTE's Fair City pictured on the set of the show this afternoon to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the popular soap Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin
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Nothing comes cheap in Carrigstown.

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Fair City costs RTE more than €11m per year to film and comes in at an average of €56,000 per episode.

The primetime soap airs four nights a week on RTE One and has enjoyed its status as one of Ireland's most popular programmes since its debut in 1989.

The Irish Sun obtained figures through the Freedom of Information Act, detailing the cost of Fair City, which came to a total of €11,361,670 in 2014 - an increase from €11,087,030 in 2013.

Flynn makes Niamh tie the other up
Flynn makes Niamh tie the other up

In comparison, rival soap Red Rock, which began airing on TV3 in January of this year, costs an average €65,000 per episode and airs twice a week.

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Many of the actors in Fair City regularly praise the positive public reception they receive thanks to the show, including George McMahon, who played Mondo, said he feels like a "rock star" outside Dublin.

"I do find that there is a huge following around the country," he explained.

A car crash rocked Carrigstown earlier this year
A car crash rocked Carrigstown earlier this year

“I get a lot more people coming up to me when I’m outside Dublin – I feel like a rock star. I guess the city is quite fast-paced and you could see anyone walking down the street, whereas down in Limerick you definitely hear more about it,."

Meanwhile, actress Hilda Fay who played Tracey on the show before leaving in 2008, said she pretended to be an air hostess when she first met her husband, who immediately recognised her from the show.

Jenny Dixon, (Kerri-Ann Boyle), left and Aoibheann McCaul (Caoimhe Dillon) on the set of RTE's Fair City pictured on the set of the show this afternoon to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the popular soap
Picture: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin
Jenny Dixon, (Kerri-Ann Boyle), left and Aoibheann McCaul (Caoimhe Dillon) on the set of RTE's Fair City pictured on the set of the show this afternoon to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the popular soap Picture: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

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