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Extreme: March 5th 8 pm Setanta Sports Ireland from Athena Media on Vimeo.

Athena Media's latest TV production for Setanta Sports, the one hour television documentary, Extreme broadcast on the 5th & 8th of March.

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Extreme is a TV documentary made by Athena Media Productions for Setanta Sports Ireland with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and the TV licence fee. Extreme is an exploration of adventure, the stories of those who go to the edge. Presenter Kipper Maguire meets athletes across Ireland to find out what they do and why they do it. Extreme features the athletes Fergal Somerville, Easkey Britton, Conor Heelan, Aileen Mann, Ricky Bell, Heather Irvine and John O'Regan who Kipper meets to find out what drives them to regularly compete in some of the world's most daring activities.

You can follow the story on the Extreme Documentary Facebook page and check out some behind the scenes photos from our shoots all across the country or on the Extreme website.


Beyond Limits The Next Generation aired in January 2014 on Setanta Ireland. The documentary is a follow up to 2012's Beyond Limits, and it follows new athletes 'the next generation' on their journey with the goal being Rio 2016. There is also a catch up with athletes from last series and see how they are doing after the London Paralympics.

In August and September 2012, Setanta Sports broadcast Athena Media's one hour documentary Beyond Limits which celebrates the stories of athletes who have overcome physical barriers to not just compete but to win at the highest levels in sport.

The documentary was commissioned by Setanta Sports and funded through the BAI Sound and Vision scheme. The documentary was aired just before and throughout the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Watch promos for the documentary on the Beyond Limits Vimeo page here and check out the trailer for Beyond Limits: The Next Generation .

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Get Off The Couch is a 6 part series presented by Teena Gates following the adventures of a group of people taking up the challenge to be more active. Teena has gone from 23 stone, and a near death experience, to losing 12 stone and becoming an outdoor, active person, climbing mountains, kayaking and trekking in Africa. All this makes her the ideal person to lead a national TV challenge to get active and enjoy outdoor activities from hill walking, cycling, kayaking and running.

Get Off The Couch! aired from the 24th October to the 28th of November 2013.

To follow the story like our facebook page for the series Get off the Couch or visit www.getoffthecouch.ie. Watch the promo on Vimeo.


In December 2010, Athena Media completed production on their second Setanta Sports commission, a biography documentary "Pat Falvey - My Private Everest".

The documentary follows Pat's life from South West Ireland to Everest and the North Pole, discovering the man beneath the adventurer and is supported with a 100,000 Euro grant from the BAI Sound and Vision Scheme.

The documentary was broadcast on Setanta Sports in February 2011.


Athena Media previously produced an eight part documentary series on female Irish Sports Stars for Setanta Sports entitled 'Winning Women'.

The documentary features Joanne Cuddihy (Olympic runner), Katie Taylor (European Champion Boxer), Kirsty McGarry,(skier), Stephanie Meadow (golfer), the Irish women's cricket team, Ireland's rugby women, Cork GAA stars Briege Corkery and Juliet Murphy, Emma Byrne and Ireland's soccer women playing for Ireland and Arsenal

The series began on Setanta Ireland on April 21st 2008 at 21:30

For this series Athena Media was awarded a 260,000 grant from the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland Sound & Vision Fund. In this the third round of the funding scheme, the BCI awarded 9 million to television projects.

Visit the Winning Women MySpace page for all information about the production here

This site continues to update progress, development and repeats of our 'Winning Women' documentaries. The Katie Taylor episode Boxing for Gold repeated on December 3rd 2008 8pm - Setanta Ireland.