The second series of the very popular Cé a Chónaigh i Mo Theachsa? or Who Lived in My House with the Magan brothers,Ruan in the Directors seat and Manchán the writer and presenter is back on our screens.
Manchan and Ruán are a dynamic duo, who have travelled the world making a series of award winning documentaries titled “ManchánarSeachrán” for TG4. Following a 7 year break, Tile Films brought them back together again to produce the high-end, intriguing and highly entertaining series ‘Cé a Chónaigh i moTheachsa?
Veteran traveller and broadcaster, ManchánMagan takes us on a fascinating journey into the history of our houses. With the help of the experts, he will examine the existing architectural evidence of our houses, speak to neighbours, family members, local historians, and delve into the National Archives, local libraries and Registry of Deeds to discover the colourful characters of the past who kept their front door key under the mat of the same front step over a century ago.
COOLATORE HOUSE - Moate, Co. West Meath is the first house Manchán visits. According to the precious Táin manuscripts the Ancient Kings of Ireland were the first settlers on the land where Coolatore House now stands.
While the media were accusing him of having a sex change in Paris, Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, was living here with his children and recording music. Donal Scanlon, the world’s greatest Spin Doctor, owned and lived in Coolatore House in the 1990’s. He used the front dining room as his office while he master-minded Bill Clintons’defence during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. REM and Shirley Bassey have recorded albums in the stables that have been converted into recording studios. At the magnificent Festival of Fires on the nearby Hill of Uisneach, Manchán will discover why so many have been drawn to this house and these ancient lands.
MOUNT VERNON. On the craggy shores of the Burren in Co. Clare sits the Mount Vernon, built in 1788 by Colonel William Persse and named Mount Vernon to celebrate his friendship with the US president George Washington. Manchán discovers the inspiration its later inhabitants - Lady Gregorgy, Hugh Lane and WB Yeats found within its walls.
Mount Vernon has battled the elements of the Atlantic Ocean on the ragged shores of the Burren in Co. Clare since 1788. It was built by Colonel Persse a friend of the first president of the United States, George Washington. Persse’s grand nephew, Ireland’s greatest art collector, Hugh Lane, lived in the house in 1880. When the Lusitania was torpedoed and sank in 1915, Lane was on board and sank with the ship and his latest collection of Monet, Ruben and Rembrandt paintings. The house was passed onto Lane’s aunt, Lady Augusta Gregory, one of the most pivotal figures in the Irish cultural renaissance. It was in Mount Vernon, Manchán will discover, that she entertained WB Yeats, George Russell, Sean O'Casey, JMSynge and George Bernard Shaw and he’ll find out why Yeat’s dedicated his famous poem to Gregory’s son – Robert Gregory.
In one of Connemara’s most cherished houses - Ballynachinch Castle – Manchán investigates the story of Ranji the Indian Prince and Humanity Dick the prince Connemara never had and whether or not Wolfe Tone was the true father of Humanity Dick’s daughter Latitia.
Ballynahinch Castle is set in spectacular ancient woodland and on the banks of the richest salmon & trout river in Ireland. This is the story of two princes - the Indian Prince Ranji who owned the Castle in the 1930's and spent lavishly in the area and the Prince Connemara never had ‘Humanity Dick’ – the duellist and founder of the RSPCA in 1822. While delving into the lives of the princes, Manchán will also investigate whether there is any truth behind the rumours that the Irish Rebel, Wolfe Tone was the father to ‘Humanity Dick’s eldest child, Latitia!
The new series starts on TG4 at 10 pm on Thursday the 12 th of January 2012 and will be repeated on Sunday nights at 9 pm
Amongst the ancient fairy forts surrounding actor Eamon Morrissey’s cottage in Aughavannagh in Co. Wicklow, Manchán finds stories of the ancient fairy people who once inhabited the land and stories of the Irish rebels that later fought and died for it.
“Aghavannagh is the last place God made” – so goes local Wicklow proverb. Actor and Writer Eamon Morrissey’s charming cottage was built deep in the heart of Wicklow amongst the ancient fairy forts, over two hundred years ago. This mythical area was to become the heartland of Gaelic Ireland, long after other parts of the country had fallen to English rule. The Wicklow Mountains and valleys harboured many Irish rebels and were a maze from the point of view of the English soldiers. Through a major feat of engineering, the English built Military Road straight through this wilderness to quell Irish Rebellions here once and for all. The road stopped at Eamon’s cottage. Manchán is keen to uncover the ancient fairy myths that surround and protect Eamon’s cottage and whether the cottage harboured friend or foe.