The premise is simple: 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 1800’s and 1900’s.
Episode 2 features two descendents who are tracked down and brought home by Tulla Reaching Out. Brenda Cavillin from Ontario is overcome with emotion as she discovers the story of her great, great great granduncle who served as a curate in Tulla for a year, dying from cholera as a result of tending to the sick in the community and Blake Dickie, a Chicago native who was adopted as a baby, shook the hands of dozens of blood relatives first the very first time in his life.
Tar Abhaile airs from November 17th @ 9.30pm, for 6 weeks, on TG4 and is available to view on the TG4 player by clicking on the Tar Abhaile logo on www.tg4.ie under the ‘Check it out’ section.