Blood of the Irish DVD Released

The highly acclaimed Blood of the Isles shown on RTE tv has been released on DVD. Diarmuid Gavin presented the program:

Diarmuid Gavin

Diarmuid Gavin presented Blood of the Irish



‘Blood of the Irish’

by Crossing the Line Films

Crossing The Line Films are delighted to announce the release of the IFTA winning documentary series ‘Blood of the Irish’, a 2 hour documentary that seeks the truth about the origins of Irish people.

Blood of the Irish DVD

Blood of the Irish

Broadcaster Diarmuid Gavin travels to the heart of Africa and beyond in a quest to find the very origins of the Irish people. Who are the Irish and whose blood flows in our veins? A landmark series for RTÉ, Blood of the Irish explores the most fundamental questions about the Irish population; who were the first people to settle here and where did they come from? Why are the oldest Irish human remains less than 10,000 years old when just 100 kms away in Britain, human traces go back 700,000 years? Did the first Irish arrive overland on an ice bridge, or on a small fragile boat blown ashore by the winds of chance?

Produced by Crossing the Line Films, a veteran production company skilled at documentaries exploring history, science and adventure, the documentary is full of spectacular landscapes, cutting edge DNA studies, computer graphics, latest archaeology and prominent academic contributors. It also includes ordinary Irish people and their own quest for their origins – including even an appearance by Daniel O’Donnell.

For all those with an interest in Irish history and prehistory, geneaology, genetics, archaeology and general Irish studies, ‘Blood of the Irish’ is a showpiece documentary which offers an educational and approachable view into one of the great mysteries of Irish people. Who are we; and where do we come from?

Out on 12 March 2010 in retailers nationwide and available region-free through website

PG rated

RRP: 17.99 euro

copies available for DVD reviewers


Crossing The Line Films

Barr an Uisce, Killincarrig Road

Greystones, Co Wicklow

tel: (01) 287 5394

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4 Responses to Blood of the Irish DVD Released

  1. Susan says:

    Is there a typo? I thought modern humans came out of Africa about 100,000 years ago, so 700,000 would sound a bit strange.

    Sounds like a neat film !

  2. mjordan says:

    No, it is not a misprint. The site of Pakefield on the eastern coast is the oldest evidence of humans living in the British Isles but the evidence consists only of their tools. Homo Heidelbergensis
    is the name of the name of the species.

    Margaret Jordan

  3. Terrance says:

    I would like to purchase a DVD about Diarmuid Gavin’s” Blood of the Irish”. I have a problem sending in a online payment so please let me know how I can purchase this directly. Will you send me the address please.

    • mjordan says:

      Hi Terence,

      The contact details were on the posting and are:

      Crossing The Line Films
      Barr an Uisce,
      Killincarrig Road
      Co Wicklow

      tel: (01) 287 5394


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