Video: New documentary aims to show Ireland’s obsession with land

A new six-part series, called ‘The Field’ or ‘Crá sa Chré’, which aims to show Ireland’s obsession with land is due to be shown on TG4 from next month.

The series will debut on the Irish channel on Wednesday, November 2 at 10pm, with the first episode titled ‘Land is Life’.

Real cases of false allegations and murder will be investigated throughout the series, with expert testimonies hoping to shed some light on the stories and outcomes of these cases.

Other cases involved harassment, coercion, involuntary sectioning and violent behaviour.

In total, 19 cases will be featured over the six episodes with a large selection of speakers exploring what drove people into some difficult situations.

Pilip Mac Cathmhaoill, who featured on TG4 on the programme ‘Taisce na Tuaithe’ will act as interviewer and narrator for the series.

“Once you fall under the spell of the land, it’s hard to escape. But land has been the cause of many disputes and battles over the years,” Cathmhaoill said.

‘The Field’ will investigate what makes someone put their family, their freedom and even their lives at risk for the sake of a piece of land, he also said.

Speakers will include historians, barristers, journalists and even the film director, Jim Sheridan, from the 1990 production ‘The Field’ which was based on the play by John B. Keane.

The importance of land and how people become so irrational over it can be traced back to the famine, according to Sheridan.

Meanwhile, another speaker from the series, Diarmuid Ferriter, Professor of Modern Irish History, outlined how disputes over land can damage even the strongest bonds.

One of the great Irish myths was that there was a particularly unique bond when it came to the family, But you can be absolutely sure that what might rupture those bonds are disputes over land.

The series, which was developed by Dublin based Production Company Park films, was written by Sean O’ Meallaigh, who also wrote for ‘Ros na Rún’, ‘Sceal’ and ‘Breith agus Bas’.