The Genealogy Roadshow as seen on RTE1 by Dominic Lee
Our photography shoot took us to the fabulous setting of Slane Castle, where filming took place for the final series of The Genealogy Roadshow.
If you can imagine the Antiques Roadshow meets Who do you think you are? – The Genealogy Roadshow comes to our TV screens, on Sunday 21st August at 6:30 pm on RTE1 and is presented by well known TV and Radio personalty Derek Mooney. It will be aired over four weeks and will take viewers to Carton House (Co. Kildare), Adare Manor (Co. Limerick), Glenlo Abbey (Co. Galway) and Slane Castle (Co. Meath).
The show will feature ordinary people trying to trace their family tree and irish ancestry, some having connections to famous or infamous relatives! The Genealogy team embark on searching for ancestors of the explorer Ernest Shackleton and trace links to Arthur Guinness. They will also be seeking connections to Dublin-born rebel Wolfe Tone.
Complete with its own ancestry and history, the majestic Slane Castle was the perfect setting for the final series of the Genealogy Roadshow. Owned by Lord Henry Mount Charles, Slane Castle has been his family’ s ancestral home since 1701.
The Big Mountain Production company had just one day to shoot the final series of the show and we were given the task of taking publicity shots and documenting the day’s events.
We were asked to come up with a shot that would portray their investigative roles in the programme. The use of a wide angle lens and the addition of shades added to the fun element of their shoot.
But, what was most interesting about this particular shoot was that we were part of a live audience. Members of the public were invited along to participate in the show. In the Slane Castle series, over 200 people arrived with all manner of stories and evidence of their past. Some had the opportunity to be selected to talk about their story with Derek Mooney.
As you can see from our accompanying photo gallery some of the shots were taken in the grand ballroom. Notice all of the technology used for the show, in particular the iPad! We are not the only fans of using the Apple device for the purpose of displaying media. We use them to give Wedding couples their photo’s! Priory Weddings
The four-part series of The Genealogy Roadshow starts on 21 August 2011 and ends on 11 September 2011.