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Tile Films' DNA Caillte (The Lost DNA) continues on TG4 this Wednesday, September 2nd
31 Aug 2020 : Nathan Griffin
Tile Films' DNA Caillte on TG4.
Tile Films’ three-part documentary series for TG4, exploring the astonishing new DNA research being conducted on ancient and medieval Irish artefacts, debuts its final episode this Wednesday, September 2nd at 9:30pm.

Episode one of DNA Caillte (The Lost DNA) explored the shocking new discovery that a man buried at the centre of Newgrange 5,000 years ago was the product of first-degree incest, while episode two explores a critical time in Irish history - the move from paganism to Christianity.

Episode three sees scientists examine the cause of near Artic conditions that occurred during the Battle of Kinsale, a massive volcanic eruption on the other side of the world. It could explain how the most important battle in Irish history was won and lost.

The series is presented and narrated by leading journalist and broadcaster Manchán Magan.

A survey of ancient Irish DNA reveals that the parents of a man buried in the heart of Newgrange passage tomb were first-degree relatives. The research, headed by Lara Cassidy and Dan Bradley of Trinity College Dublin’s Department of Genetics, suggests that the man belonged to a ruling social elite similar to the inbred Egyptian pharaohs. The study, published in the journal Nature on June 17th 2020, is the subject of episode one of DNA Caillte, produced by Tile Films for TG4. The series will premiere on TG4 in September.

The show explores how DNA research is revealing the truth about Ireland’s early inhabitants. Some 10,000 years ago dark-skinned, blue-eyed people roamed our forests. Thousands of years later, they were replaced by a new wave of settlers that introduced a dynamic new technology – farming. Now, Dr Lara Cassidy of Trinity College Dublin has uncovered a shocking secret about a man who was buried at the centre of Newgrange, our most sacred ancient monument. Her discovery gives an astonishing insight into the culture and beliefs of the people of Ireland around 3000 BC

DNA Caillte’ is produced by Tile Films Limited for TG4 with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland’s Sound and Vision funding scheme and Section 481; Ireland’s Film Corporation Tax Credit. International distribution is by Off the Fence. Tile Films’ Manging Director Stephen Rooke is executive producer for Tile Films Limited. Máire Ní Chonláin is executive producer for TG4.

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