This Christmas on TG4 there are plenty of documentaries including...
On the 23rd of December we investigate if Three Kings really did exist in Triúr Rithe go Beithil?
On Christmas Day Diabhal ag an Damhsa explores the claims of the Devil's appearance at a dance hall in Co. Mayo in 1958!!
There's a documentary examining the life and controversial times of Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich on St. Stephen's Day.
On the 27th the life and work of Donegal navvy poet Patrick Mc Gill is explored in the award winning film Child of the Dead End starring Stephen Rea.
The Connacht Tribune is celebrating it's centenary this year and on the 27th we look at the some of the momentous stories that the paper carried over the past 100 years.
On the 28th of December we look at the fascinating story of the Redlegs, a community of direct descendents from the Irish who live in poverty in Barbados.
On New Year's Day the documentary Lámh Fada Dan Donnelly looks at the life & times of Ireland's greatest bareknuckle fighter.
There 's a good variety of music from Christy Moore, Daniel O'Donnell, Mike Denver, Willie Nelson, John Beag, Johnny Cash, Sawdoctors, Donal Lunny, Sharon Shannon, Tommy Mackem and a Geantraí special on Christmas day coming from Matt Molloy's pub in Westport.
There's a new series being aired over the Christmas days, Anam an Amhráin, where Iarla Ó Lionáird travels the country meeting well-know singers on the way and they record new arrangements of songs which are well-known to all Irish children, young & old. He meets with Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh lead-singer with Danú, Seamus Ó Beaglaoich & Seán Ó Liatháin, Damien Dempsey, Paul Brady, Declan O'Rourke and Mairead & Triona Ni Dhomhnaill and John Beag Ó Flatharta. They will be aired from the 20, 25, 27, 30 of December and 02 of January.
On 23rd of December Dáithí O Sé will be announcing the winner of this year's Glór Tíre.
There's plenty of drama in Ros na Rún as the murderous O'Dowd is back and a long term resident of the village meets a gruesome death. There's another chance to see the popular comedy drama Rásaí na Gaillimhe over the two weeks of Christmas. Roisin Ní Thomáin will be revealing who is the best traditional dancer in the country in the final of An Jig Gig on the 20th of December.
Also this Christmas there's a strong Irish movie theme with an Irish film on most days which include Intermission, Into the West, Kings, Michael Collins, Patrick Gill, The Most Fertile Man in Ireland, The Lilac Bus and The Butcher Boy. The sports programmes include a chance to see this year's All-Ireland Finals as well as programmes looking back and celebrating the 125 years of GAA.
Máire Treasa & Colmán will be keeping the younger viewers up to date on all that's happening this Christmas.
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