In the Name of the Fada

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In the Name of the Fada
Country of origin Ireland
Original language(s) English and Irish
No. of episodes 6[1]
Running time 30 minutes[1]
Production company(s) Peer Pressure Productions[2]
Original channel RTÉ One
Original release 13 March 2008
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In the Name of the Fada was a show that aired on RTÉ from 13 March to 17 April 2008, documenting Irish-American comedian Des Bishop and his pursuit of fluency in the Irish language. The show was a 6-part mini-series[1] in which Bishop spends a year living in Tír an Fhia, which is one of many Gaeltacht regions in Ireland. Bishop aims to be able to perform a stand-up comedy act as Gaeilge (in Irish) by the end of the stay.[3] The theme tune is Floating by Jape.


Episode 1 (Aired date: Thursday 13 March 2008) As a native New Yorker, Des decides to go in search for a true rite of passage into Ireland by learning Irish in Connemara's Gaeltacht.[4]

Episode 2 (Aired date: Thursday 20 March 2008) Des becomes more accustomed to the life and language of the Conamara Gaeltacht. He takes part in a Gaelic football match and sits the Foundation Level Leaving Certificate paper.

Episode 3 (Aired date: Thursday 27 March 2008) Struggling with Irish grammar, Des turns to Hip Hop for help.

Episode 4 (Aired date: Thursday 3 April 2008) Inspired by a trip to "Oireachtas na Gaeilge" in Westport, Des visits different Gaeltacht areas.

Episode 5 (Aired date: Thursday 10 April 2008) Des returns to the States and discovers that he's not the only American struggling to learn Irish.

Episode 6 (Aired date: Thursday 17 April 2008) The big night finally arrives. Is Des ready for his first comedy gig in Irish?