IF this Beragh family looks familiar to you, it may be because they recently starred on a hit documentary that aired on Channel 5!
Last Wednesday, Gráinne and Patrick Kelly, alongside their six young children made a special appearance on ‘Big Family Values: More Kids than Cash’ – a TV show that documents how larger families across the UK go about their day-to-day life.
The Kellys live on their family farm in Drumduff, with children Oisín (9), Cathaoir (7), Tiarnán (6), Daithi (4), Fianna-Grace (2), Fiachra, who is eight-months-old, and beloved dog, Google.
Gráinne explained that the Channel 5 camera crews joined them in August, and filmed the family’s daily activities out-and-about the scenic countryside over a period of seven days.
It was certainly all-go, as Gráinne works full time as a cardiology nurse in the Omagh Hospital & Primary Care Complex while Patrick works in the Loughry Campus of CAFRE (College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise).
“The cameras were a bit strange at the start, but eventually you get used to them,” described the 36-year-old. “The children found the whole thing very fun, and there wasn’t much intrusion at all.
“The kids love their GAA, so we took the film crews to a training session. They also play quite a bit of handball, so we also visited the handball alley too and they joined us on a walk with our dog.”
As well as fun outdoor activities, Gráinne invited the crews into her home where they recorded her making a home-made chicken and ham pie for her children, while they baked chocolate chip cookies for dessert – though not all of the scenes filmed were broadcast.
“As we are a large family, it is definitely busy at home and it’s that bit more expensive,” Gráinne explained. “There’s more cooking to do, cleaning and washing but you begin to stop noticing it after a while!
“But we are blessed to have lots of family support, and it’s a matter of juggling our time right, whether its taking the kids to parties or picking them up from youth clubs.”
And what did the Kelly family think of the show?
“We all watched it at home together when it was broadcast,” Gráinne said. “I’d never seen the show before so I was a bit apprehensive, but I have to say that I was very pleased with the finished result. We were all delighted that our big family in the little village of Beragh was featured on a show of this calibre.”
If you missed the Kellys’ appearance on Big Family Values, then simply visit Channel 5 On Demand and select episode one.