The new TG4 series ‘Tar Abhaile’ (‘Come Home’) will feature Knockainey and Lough Gur in the first episode, which will be broadcast this Sunday, November 17th, at 9.30pm.

The premise of the series is reverse genealogy. Instead of waiting for people of Irish origin to trace their roots, groups of community volunteers work together under the auspices of Ireland Reaching Out to trace those individuals and families who left their local area throughout the 1800s and 1900s. Once they have gathered enough tangible infor-mation, they then track down their living des-cendants and reach out, inviting them back to their spiritual home, to reveal local knowledge, walk the land of their ancestors, show them their final resting places and where possible, introduce them to long-lost living relatives.

Hosted by Evelyn O’Rourke, ‘Tar Abhaile’ is a new and inspirational six part series that follows local Irish communities as they welcome people from across the globe in search of their Irish ancestors. This first episode will focus on Marsha Thomas from Chicago and her connection to Knockainey, and Bryan Lynch from Ayr in Australia and his Lough Gur connection.

Over six weeks, viewers will be introduced to twelve different Irish descendants and their families, scattered all over the USA, Canada, Aus-tralia, New Zealand and the UK, as they travel to Ireland to reconnect with their Irish roots.