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Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Were your Irish ancestors evicted during the C19th?

Were any of your ancestors evicted from their home during the Famine or during the Land War? If so, the producers of a new RTE television series would be interested to hear from you.

The new programme – The Lost Village – is a four-part bi-lingual series that will be broadcast over Seachtain na Gaeilge in March 2013. Its producers are Big Mountain Productions (known for The Tenements documentary on TV3 and The Genealogy Roadshow on RTE 1) who are looking for a family to take part. The family, preferrably across three generations, would have to be prepared to live the life of their ancestors for a few days, thereby telling the story of evictions in Ireland. This would involve staying in a traditional house for three nights in January and undertaking the type of work carried out in the 19th century.

By the nature of the programme, the family would have to be able to speak Irish at least fairly fluently. All participants must also be over the age of 12.

Genealogists will carry out detailed family history research for the participants.

If you and other members of your family fit the bill and are interested, contact the producers by email, or telephone Seán on 0044 (0)28 308 34046 (or 048 308 34046 from the Republic).