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GenreTeen drama
Created byTadhg Mac Dhonnagáin Paul Mercier and Micheal ó Domhnaill
Developed byTadhg Mac Dhonnagáin and Paul Mercier
StarringClíona Ní Chíosain
Narrated byClíona Ní Chíosain
Country of originIreland
Original language(s) Irish, also dubbed into Spanish, Portuguese, Persian, Breton, Turkish and Scottish Gaelic
Camera setupSingle-Camera
Running time22 minutes
Original networkTG4
Picture formatPAL (16:9)
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseNovember 2, 2006 (2006-11-02) –
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Aifric (Irish pronunciation: [æfʲrʲɪc]) was an Irish-language TV series aimed at young adults, co-created and written by Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin and co-created and directed by Paul Mercier.It was described as the most iconic show to ever reach Ireland.[1]

The first of the weekly thirteen-part series began broadcasting on 31 October 2006, the date of TG4's tenth anniversary.

The series followed the life of Aifric whose wacky family have just moved to a new town in the West of Ireland. The 14yr old wants nothing more than to fit in but feels her family will not make it easy for her. Her mother is a new-age hippy who has banned television, while her father is a wannabe rock star, not to mention her annoying little brother.

As well as on TG4, Aifric has also been shown on BBC Alba, where it was dubbed into Scottish Gaelic.[2] It was also shown on HBO Latin America where it was dubbed into Portuguese and Spanish


Role Actor Information
Aifric de Spáinn Clíona Ní Chíosain The lead role. Aifric is a shy and quirky teenage girl.
Sophie Gráinne Bleasdale Aifric's best friend.
Claudia Sláine Hutchinson Aifric's rival; Claudia is blonde, wealthy, arrogant, and selfish.
Traolach de Spáinn Kevin O'Dwyer/(Hanzel Cian Shanley, in earlier episodes) Aifric's younger brother. He is an intelligent and quirky child and has a keen interest in Eastern philosophy.
Janis de Spáinn Mairéad Coneely Aifric and Traolach's mother.
Tom de Spáinn Barry Barnes Aifric and Traolach's father. He is an accountant by profession, but rock musician by aspiration
Bróna Gráinne Pollack Eccentric classmate of Aifric's; has few (if any) friends; plays the cymbals.
Beartla Colin Murray Aifric's classmate. He is the seemingly attainable "Hottie" of the group.
Maidhc Josef Hrehorow Aifric's classmate. He has a crush on Aifric.
Jimín Cárthach Bán Breathnach Maidhc's right-hand man and the chief messer
Leo Christy Leech The "surfer dude" of the series, who Aifric had a crush on at the start of season 2.
Bertie Eoin O'Dubhghaill The strange character with an odd fondness for jellyfish.


  • Over 95% of the production budget was spent in the Galway region.
  • The production employed over 170 crew and a cast of almost 150 actors.
  • In August 2004, there was a national talent search which auditioned hopeful teenagers for the many young roles in the show, including that of Aifric.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Aifric won best Children's/Youth programme at the 2007, 2008 and 2009 Irish Film and Television Awards, and was nominated for Best Irish Language show.[3] It won best Youth programme at the Celtic Film and Media Festival, 2009


  1. ^ "Director Paul Mercier on Aifric | The Irish Film & Television Network". Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  2. ^ Aifric, Series 1 Aingil Chaitlin, BBC Alba, 28 October 2008
  3. ^ Irish Film and Television Awards 2009

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