Rocky Ros Muc, a film directed and produced by Belfast based production company Below The Radar, will broadcast on Christmas night at 9.30pm. The feature follows the story of Galway boxer Sean Mannion, a world-class boxer who left the Irish-speaking village of Ros Muc in Galway, for Boston, in the 1970s.
The film follows Mannion’s fighting spirit inside the ring as a professional boxer against his life outside the ring where his sparring partners and friends at the time were at the heart of Whitey Bulger’s notorious Winter Hill gang and the South Boston criminal underworld.
An Béal Bocht, an animated adaptation of Flann O’Brien’s only novel written in Irish, will have its TV premiere on Christmas Dayat 5.25pm. The film was produced by local producers Pearse Moore and Tom Collins and animated by John McCloskey through their Nerve Centre based production company, Raw Nerve Productions.
The animation is a biting satire of the life story of a young Gael reflecting on his life from Sligo Gaol starring Seán Misteál, Donncha Crowley, Tommy Tiernan and Bob Quinn.
Popular country music series Opry Dhoire continues with a special tribute show to legendary singer Big Tom on Boxing Day at 9.30pm. The series, which is presented by Daniel O’Donnell and Lynette Fay, is recorded in front of a live audience and brings the essence of Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry to Derry.
Big Tom performs some of his greatest hits such as ‘Gentle Mother’, ‘Texas when I die’ and ‘Four Country Roads’. Irish singer Kayla McDonagh will also feature on the special programme, which is produced by Big Mountain Productions.
Puncaí, which broadcasts on Thursday 28th December at 9.30pm, is a new Dearcán Media production following six Irish speaking punks who determine what it means to be a punk in Ireland.
The programme looks back at Ireland in the 1970s when many young punks stepped outside of the mainstream during a time of conflict in Belfast and a depressed economy in Cork and Dublin. At the heart of these stories is the music and politics that inspired them, brought them together and helped define who they were.
Audiences can enjoy all the Irish Language content again on the TG4 Player after initial broadcast: http://www.tg4.ie/en/player/home/.