Síle Nic Chonaonaigh explores life in rural Tír and Fhia

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Síle Nic Chonaonaigh explores Tír an Fhia, Connemara in new series of Bailte

The new series of Bailte’ returns this evening, with Síle Nic Chonaonaigh continuing her journey through the townlands of Ireland, starting with Tír an Fhia.

Síle will be getting to know the people of Tír an Fhia, a small village of 200 odd people on the South Connemara island of Garmna.

She finds Tír an Fhia to be a welcoming confident village where old customs and traditions are still practised along with a positive outlook and understanding of what is required for a remote community to survive in modern day Ireland.

Síle meets with Antaine Ó Gríofa who, together with his wife and family, returned to Tír an Fhia from England in the 1990s and with Micheál Ó Domhnaill & Eibhlín Ní Chonghaile and their toddler as they begin family life in Tír an Fhia.

Galway Daily television Síle Nic Chonaonaigh explores life in rural Tír and Fhia

With over 60,000 townlands in Ireland, they remain one of the pillars of modern Irish life.

On this journey Síle explores the resilience within our rural communities, and the the deep connection people in them have with the landscape, and their traditions.

Among the other townlands visited this series are Rann na Feirste in Co. Donegal, Béal Átha an Ghaorthaidh in Cork, and An Baile Riabhach on the Dingle Peninsula.

Bailte Tír an Fhia- Bertie Ó Domhnaill, Mícheál Ó Domhnaill, Síle Nic Chonaonaigh

The first episode of the new series of Bailte will air on Thursday, September 15 on TG4 at 8pm.