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Pokémon in Ireland

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Pokémon in Ireland
Pokémon logo English.png
Ireland Flag.png
Flag of Ireland
Language English and Irish
Continent Europe
Original anime airdates
EP001 September 4, 1999
AG001 January 10, 2004
DP001 February 4, 2008
BW001 February 27, 2011*
June 4, 2011*
XY001 October 19, 2013*
April 5, 2014*

The Pokémon franchise first reached the Republic of Ireland in October 1999 with the release of Pokémon Red and Blue Versions.[1][2]

Pokémon video games

All English-language Pokémon games have been released in Ireland. New games are released on the same day as the rest of Europe, which is usually several months after their respective releases in the United States.

In-store Pokémon events have dwindled in Ireland in recent years, which has culminated in Nintendo of Europe deciding to no longer work in Ireland. This has meant that Pokémon gamers in Ireland have not been able to as easily receive Pokémon such as the Michina Arceus, requiring players to travel to the north of the island to Belfast (which, being part of Northern Ireland, is in the United Kingdom) to attend in-store events which occur there to receive their event Pokémon.

Furthermore, players wishing to compete in the Pokémon Video Game Championships must also travel to the United Kingdom or mainland Europe.

Pokémon anime

The English dub of the Pokémon anime aired in Ireland on RTÉ Two On September 4, 1999. It aired during The Den, the channel's afternoon segment aimed towards children. It aired all episodes of the original series and Advanced Generation series that were dubbed into English (excluding The Bicker the Better and Who, What, When, Where, Wynaut?).

Previously, the anime has also aired on several British television channels that are also widely available throughout Ireland, including UTV[3], and Sky1.

As most UK channels are available in Ireland via cable and satellite providers, the anime is still viewable in Ireland, with Pokémon: Black & White currently airing on Disney XD.

Netflix

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It was announced that the Pokémon anime would be coming to Netflix, a subscription-based on demand service available in a wide range of countries, including Ireland. Beginning from March 1, 2014, episodes of Pokémon: Indigo League and Pokémon: Black & White will be available, as well as the movies Pokémon the Movie: Black—Victini and Reshiram and Pokémon the Movie: White—Victini and Zekrom.

Pokémon Trading Card Game

Cards for the Pokémon Trading Card Game were originally sold in Ireland at the same time as they were released in the United Kingdom. For several years in the early 2000s, many primary schools across the country banned children from bringing in Pokémon cards, as they were presenting challenges for both parents and teachers.[4]

Pokémon merchandise

Pokémon merchandise was also sold to coincide with the release of Red and Blue in 1999.[5]

During the early 2000s, Glanbia, Ireland's largest dairy foods producer and supplier, produced special Pokémon-themed products.[6]

Pokémon manga

Pokémon manga translated into English by VIZ Media is sold in Ireland. Currently available series include the popular Pokémon Adventures series and Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!.

Community

boards.ie, the largest Irish Internet forum, has a dedicated Pokémon forum.

Trivia

  • In June 2001, Pokémon was one of the topics in the listening comprehension section of the Leaving Certificate Ordinary Level Spanish exam.[7]

References

  1. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/computimes/1999/1018/99101800086.html
  2. http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showpost.php?p=67447208&postcount=14
  3. http://www.independent.ie/national-news/beware-the-pokemon-plague-386552.html
  4. http://www.independent.ie/national-news/smother-love-378755.html
  5. http://www.independent.ie/national-news/move-over-furby-pokemons-about-to-take-over-399454.html
  6. http://www.independent.ie/business/glanbias-cool-linkup-to-pokmon-364290.html
  7. http://www.independent.ie/education/latest-news/from-pokemon-to-actor-burt-reynolds-342588.html

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