A WEST Limerick man who is nearing his 102nd birthday has been left without television for the past two weeks because the new Saorview system does not work in the area where he lives.
John ''Jackie' Lenihan from Tournafulla has been forced to install Sky television in his home because his neighbourhood cannot be reached via a terrestrial network.
Mr Lenihan is one of scores of householders across west Limerick who are still without a television service two weeks after the digital switchover because Saorview is not accessible. The worst affected areas are parts of Tournafulla, Templeglantine, Athea/ Carrigkerry, Ballingarry and Abbeyfeale - with many householders now being forced to either install the Saorsat system, which can cost up to €300, or opt for satellite television.
Mr Lenihan's son, Liam, told The Kerryman that his father is currently waiting to have Sky installed, but has been without television since the switchover October 24.
"Three per cent of the population simply cannot get Saorview so he either had to pay €300 to get it sorted [via Saorsat] or else install Sky," he said. "It's a terrible situation and if we weren't here to sort it out for him he'd be in the dark."
Mr Lenihan said he and his family attended a number of public meetings about the switchover and was told that, unfortunately, they were within the three per cent of the population who cannot get Saorview.
"There is nothing they can do about it, but it has meant that our father has been left with a blank telly for two weeks while we wait for Sky."
In light of the situation across West Limerick, West Limerick Resources is offering assistance to those having problems with the digital switchover. Those in need of help are asked to contact Clint on 069 62222 / 087 2726963.