Irish Schindler and Fr Horan’s dancehall in TG4 line-up

IRELAND’S own Oscar Schindler, a pirate queen and dancehall visit from Satan himself — will all feature in documentaries on TG4 this autumn.

The Irish language station has succeeded in combining new and original material from Ireland with an interesting selection of international documentaries.

One documentary to be screened in December reveals how Fr James Horan galvanised his parishioners in Toreen in east Mayo to build a dancehall in the late 1940s.

Fr Horan became even more famous for building a basilica and airport at Knock later in life.

Huge crowds were drawn to the dances held in the hall that became notorious when a rumour spread that the devil had danced there.

The documentary, produced for TG4 by Magamedia Teo uses dramatic reconstruction to examine the facts, the legend and the effect of the Satan story on the showband movement.

Other documentaries include the story of the marriage ban on women teachers in Ireland, the Irish who made their mark in organised crime in the US and an insight into the world of a Galway man whose ambition is to become Mr World 2008.

Another documentary, by Ikandi Productions, recalls the occupation in 1922 of the Rotunda Concert Hall in Dublin — now the Gate Theatre, by 200 radicals, led by Aran-born author Liam O’Flaherty.

And In Search of Granuaile by FM Media is another documentary that attempts to uncover the real story of the pirate queen from Clare Island at the mouth of Clew Bay.

Another revealing documentary, by Igloo Films, tells the real-life story of Mons Hugh O’Flaherty, Kerry’s own Oscar Schindler, who saved more than 5,000 lives when the Germans occupied Rome during World War II.

Lifestyle programmes include a return of Paisean Faisean — the fashion and dating programme in which three men hope that their chosen outfit will be snapped up by a girl they have seen in a video snippet.

Tonight, Kerry weatherman Dáithí Ó Sé will be hitting Highway 61 in the US, the famous road that runs 2,200km from New Orleans, Louisiana, to the city of Wyoming, Minnesota, and brought the world the blues.

And Ros na Rún — Ireland’s rural soap sees the return to TV drama next month for much-loved actor Mick Lally.

Faoi Lán Cheoil sees eight celebrities, including actor Jeremy Irons and Ireland international soccer player Andy Reid, embark on a journey to learn a musical instrument over a six-month period.

And to cap it all, the Irish TV premiere for Cecilia Ahern’s much-awaited TV series Samantha Who? starts tonight.

www.tg4.ie

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