A closer look at life in Baile ’n Lochaigh

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

LIFE in Baile an Lochaigh will be ex­plored through the eyes of the lo­cals in the first episode of a new tele­vi­sion doc­u­men­tary se­ries en­ti­tled Bailte, which goes out on TG4 tonight (Wed­nes­day).

The se­ries, which was pro­duced by Dingle-based Aniar TV for TG4, ex­plores life in ru­ral Ire­land by way of talk­ing to local peo­ple about the con­nec­tion they have with their home place, the in­flu­ence the land­scape has on their lives, the cul­ture that in­forms them, and how they make a liv­ing.

Pre­sented by Síle Nic Chonaon­aigh, the se­ries also delves into the pride peo­ple take in their com­mu­nity, which is of­ten not just the place where they live but also where they work and where they have roots stretch­ing back for gen­er­a­tions.

As well as the ad­van­tages of coun­try liv­ing, the se­ries also hears about the dif­fi­cul­ties of liv­ing in re­mote area, such as ru­ral de­pop­u­la­tion, lack of ba­sic ser­vices, un­em­ploy­ment and the un­cer­tain fu­tures of both the farm­ing and the fish­ing in­dus­tries.

Lo­cals who con­trib­ute to the pro­gramme on Baile an Lochaigh in­clude sheep farm­ers John Joe Mac Gear­ailt and Johnny Tony Ó Muirc­heartaigh, Bernie Pháid Ní Mhuirc­heartaigh, Sean Mo­ri­arty and Katie Scott of Seav­iew Eques­trian Cen­tre, Sea­mus Mac Gear­ailt of Mi­cilín Muc sausages and Michael T Mo­ri­arty who is from Dingle but has close links with Baile an Lochaigh. The pro­gramme will be shown at 8.30pm this Wed­nes­day.

On Fe­bru­ary 20, also at 8.30pm, Baile na nGall will be in the spot­light on Bailte and other pro­grammes in the se­ries of 13 half-hour doc­u­men­taries will look at life in Cill Rialaigh in South Kerry, Heilb­hic in the Ring Gaeltacht, and other vil­lages and town­lands from Gal­way to the Aran Is­lands and Done­gal.

The se­ries was pro­duced by Aniar TV, which is based in the Údarás na Gaeltathta of­fices in Mill­town and is now in the sec­ond year of a four-year con­tract to sup­ply mu­sic and doc­u­men­tary pro­grammes for TG4. The pro­duc­tion com­pany, which was set up in 2017 by Ni­amh Ní Bhaoill from Baile an Fheirtéaraigh and Seán Ó Cualáin from Carna em­ploys four peo­ple in Dingle but this num­ber in­creases to meet the de­mands of its film­ing sched­ule, which in­cludes a se­ries on the tra­di­tion of Gal­way hook­ers start­ing on TG4 this Thurs­day and a pro­gramme on the Dublin Trad­fest due to be broad­cast in late Fe­bru­ary. Aniar TV has also pro­duced a seven-part se­ries of doc­u­men­taries on GAA clubs, en­ti­tled ‘Ár gClub’, which will go on air from Fe­bru­ary 7 and will in­clude CLG An Ghaeltach in one of the pro­grammes.

Photo by De­clan Malone

John Joe MacGear­ailt and his daugh­ter Aoife talk­ing to Síle Nic Chonaon­aigh for Ni­amh Ní Bhaoill’s doc­u­men­tary on Baile ’n Lochaigh.

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