The soap opera landscape in Ireland is about to become congested in the New Year with TV3’s Red Rock hitting Irish screens on the 7th January 2015. This has given television pundits time to reflect at what has gone before on Irish television. RTÉ has laid claim to producing the majority of the soaps from The Riordan’s, to Glenroe, and most notably Fair City.

However, as a satellite to this mass of home grown soaps, the one that has proven to be a twist to the genre has been the much beloved Ros na Rún on TG4. The show has been running strong for 17 years and continues to shock the Irish speaking public as the small community smugly mock the English speaking Republic of Ireland. It has been ingrained in the Irish psyche as many secondary school teachers play episodes of it in class when they are too hungover to teach Irish.

The air must be thinning on that high pedestal of the cast and crew because this morning saw some damning reports of the activities of some of the actors. In a Primetime investigation into Ros na Rún, which will air on RTÉ1 tonight, the investigators uncovered substantial claims that many of the actors on the hit TG4 programme have taken part in bestiality with local live stock in Spiddal where the show is filmed.

Primetime got a tip-off that the actor who plays the rapper Lórcan on the show was caught in the act back in October 2010. An anonymous source said, “While out trying to get a selfie with one of the actors for my Bebo profile pic, I spotted the unusual activity. Lórcan had his jocks around his ankles while in a field. He then proceeded to place a sheep’s hind legs into his wellies and had his way with it. I assume the legs in the wellies were there so it could not escape.”

A spokesperson said they will not comment on the issue until the episode of Primetime airs tonight.