The village of Ballintubber is to feature in a new four-part RTÉ series which will hit our TV screens this month.
After a highly successful pilot episode broadcast last year, ‘Raised By The Village’ returns for a four-part series which starts on Sunday, September 29th at 6.30 pm.
Each episode airs on RTÉ One as two urban families with a veering-off-the-rails teenager take drastic steps to get help.
Waterford City, Muirhevnamore in Dundalk alongside Dublin areas Darndale, Neilstown and Swords are home to the eight teenagers who will feature in this new series.
The teenagers are embraced by families in Ballintubber, Ballinamore in Letrim, Ballintra and Moville in Donegal alongside the Laois village of Clonaslee.
The programme producers said: “In the past, there was no internet, no parenting manuals and no behavioural psychologists. You relied on the village and their collective wisdom to figure out your parenting problems. As the saying goes: ‘It takes a village to raise a child’.
“The parents are moving their troublesome teenagers to the heart of the countryside to see if this old saying is true.
“These teenagers will take part in local activities as they experience an early-to-rise, Wi-Fi-free outdoor lifestyle that is different from their usual lifestyle.
“Will the teenagers learn to behave better when they’re part of a tight-knit community where the local adults keep a very close eye on what they get up to?”
An immersive new take on TV parenting programmes, ‘Raised By The Village’ is for every Irish parent who has ever wondered if raising their kids in a slower-paced, more community-centred environment might make a real difference!