Mnámhallacht – The Persecuted

A creative documentary series exploring six cases of women being accused of witchcraft in Ireland.

Dedicated to all the smart, sassy, bold women who died in the witch hunts.

What happened when the witch-hunts came to the island of Ireland? Here was a culture that worshipped goddesses, with a mythology featuring a pantheon of fairy folk and powerful female deities. This series explores the rare cases of witchcraft accusations in Ireland, the beliefs and social conditions that underpinned them, and the brutal consequences suffered by the accused. Set against the backdrop of traditional beliefs where powerful women created the landscape and ruled the Otherworld.

Women once had power that was revered and respected. Where did it go? Why was it stamped out? And what do all these womens’ stories have to teach us today?

A Lagan Media Production for TG4 and BBC Northern Ireland. With additional funding from the BAI and ILBF.

BroadcasterTG4, BBC NI
GenreCreative documentary series
Format6 x 25 mins
Production Year2021
TX DateNovember 2021 (TBC)
Produced byAshlene Aylward
Directed byPaula Kehoe