We join the comedian, actor and writer as he explores the lineage of his Irish mother. His episode shows just how much you can discover about your Irish ancestors despite the scarcity of the country’s records. With his love of all things horror, Mark admits that he’d love to uncover a murderer in the family, adding: “I’d like to be the King of Ireland. But if I was the King of Ireland I’d be quite gracious.” He uncovers a wonderful story of two clans whose history sees fact interwoven with tales of the supernatural. “There’s a very strong sense of ownership and then dispossession and then rightful restoration. It’s a brilliant story,” he concludes – and one he resolves to revisit in some way...
HOW FAR BACK: 3x great grandparents
TOPICS COVERED: Irish landowners, Irish famine, Plantation of Ulster, folklore, Irish diaspora