A new television show on RTÉ1, an Irish television network, will interest genealogists. In the program, genealogy researchers Steven and Kit Smyrl (shown in the picture to the right) spend their days finding relatives of people who died without a will, making sure any remaining relatives get the estate rather than the Irish Exchequer.
I haven't seen the show but published reports indicate the opening show was heavy on the history of Ireland, told through the living and dead relatives of Maura Byrne who died in 1999 without leaving a will. The program displayed a familiar story of poverty, emigration, industrial schools and elderly people who spent the vast majority of their lives separated from their blood.
In the end, descendants unexpectedly shared €100,000 that Maura left behind.