Genealogy show begins with Munster episode

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

A GENEALOGY programme filmed in Adare Manor in Limerick will be broadcast on RTE this Sunday night, after hundreds of local people approached its experts in a bid to trace their ancestry.

A GENEALOGY programme filmed in Adare Manor in Limerick will be broadcast on RTE this Sunday night, after hundreds of local people approached its experts in a bid to trace their ancestry.

Presented by Derek Mooney, ‘The Genealogy Roadshow’ is the new series for RTÉ, which has been described as a cross between the hit programmes ‘Antiques Roadshow’ and ‘Who do you think you are?’

Earlier this summer, the show launched a nationwide call for the Irish public to contact the programme with family mysteries, stories and connections to famous people and events.

“The response was phenomenal,” they said.

The Munster episode of ‘The Genealogy Roadshow’ was filmed in June in Adare Manor, with hundreds of people from all over the province turned up to looking to explore their family’s stories.

Among those featured in the first episode is a lady whose relative boarded the HMS Titanic at Cobh on its maiden voyage, and a man searching for his connection to a heroic fighter in the siege of Kilmallock, in county Limerick, during the 1867 Fenian Rising

It also features a Clare man who discovers how his great uncle managed to survive the most brutal battles of the First World War, only to die in the final German Offensive.

The show’s experts include Nicola Morris, a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland, who has uncovered the Irish roots of the rich and famous in the UK and USA versions of Who Do You Think You Are?

- The first episode of ‘The Genealogy Roadshow’ will be broadcast this Sunday, on August 21 at 6.30pm on RTÉ 1