Roscommon at the forefront of TG4 series about Irish surnames this Sunday

The O’Conor family, who feature in this Sunday’s episode of Sloinne on TG4, pictured at the inauguration mound of the O’Conor Kings of Connacht.

The Sloinne series delves into the fascinating stories behind Ireland’s most common surnames, bringing history to life in a way that’s accessible and enjoyable for everyone. The first series showcases surnames like Ó Flaithearta, Ó Murchú, Ó Ceallaigh, Ó Súilleabháin, Ó Domhnaill, Seoighe, and Ó Conchubhair.

In this Sunday’s final episode, the programme follows Frankie Ó Conchubhair (Ros a mhíl, Galway) as he goes on a journey back in time to trace the history of his O’Connor surname.

Frankie’s journey also takes him to Roscommon. There, he visits the picture-perfect Clonalis House, where Pyers O’Conor Nash shows him around The O’Conor Don Estate, that was passed down through generations and maintained by his family. He also meets historian Rena Burke at Felim O’Connor’s tomb in the Dominican Priory of St.Mary and Dr. Daniel Curley (historian and archaeologist) at the Rathcroghan Visitor Centre.

He also finds out about the different variations and spellings of the O’Connor surname when he meets with Dr. Kieran O’Conor (lecturer at University College Galway) and discusses the knowledge of owned land in Barna belonging to his O’Connor family with series geneologist Paul MacCotter.

The episode features other conversations with harpist Úna Ní Fhlannagáin (Galway), poet Micheál Ó hAodha (Galway) and historian Sharon Slater (Limerick).