MASTER storyteller Jim Sheridan is turning his hand to a television mini-series about an Irish family who fled the Great Famine to become political heavyweights in Chicago, writes Louise Hogan.
The historical drama will be shot in Co Galway and other locations throughout Ireland.
Mary Pat Kelly, the author of 'Galway Bay' on which the series will be based, said the six-part series would create jobs.
The series was recently granted €25,000 from the Irish Film Board.
It will follow Ms Kelly's great-great-grandmother Honora Keeley, who was born in Barna, Co Galway, in 1822.
After surviving the Famine she set sail for the US.
Her grandson later became the first powerful Irish-American mayor of Chicago, Edward J Kelly, and she became known as the "grandmother of Chicago politics".