Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way is the longest defined coastal drive in the world, and believe me when I tell you, the scenery is simply spectacular.
Last year I shared an infographic on places to visit along the Wild Atlantic Way. But today I'm delighted to share news of a wonderful documentary featuring Ireland's amazing coastline.
For anyone even thinking about visiting Ireland, this show is for you.
Introducing John Creedon's Wild Atlantic Way:
Here's what the good folks at RTÉ say about John Creedon's Wild Atlantic Way .....
Breathtakingly beautiful with captivating stories, John Creedon’s Wild Atlantic Way is a feast for the senses. This new three part series is available on RTÉ Player International and can be viewed around the world.
Immerse yourself in some of Ireland’s most breathtaking scenery and captivating stories with John Creedon’s Wild Atlantic Way which is not only exquisitely shot but provides the viewer with a feast of Irish landscape, seascape and cultures.
The world’s longest defined coastal touring route, the Wild Atlantic Way is a spectacular road trip that weaves its way from Derry to Cork.
Discovering the magic, mysticism and beauty of this historic route, John Creedon’s new series transports us two and a half thousand kilometres along this magnificent West Coast route, from the historic and beautiful fishing town of Kinsale, as far as the furthest tip of the Island, Malin Head.
“My car is always happiest when it’s pointed west,” claims John.
But the Wild Atlantic Way is more than just a road trip. The sea will be John’s highway and he wants to discover why this beautiful yet savage landscape exerts such a hold on us.
Many modes of transport were used to follow this Atlantic route, from horseback, boats land and air, but for the most part of the journey John has chosen the trusty VW 1967 camper van, the favourite of West of Ireland surfers.
“Like myself she’s got a few miles on the clock
and like myself she’s built for comfort, not speed,” said John.
Accompanying John’s interviews, is truly spectacular drone footage of the Irish landscape from renowned photographer Peter Cox.
Here's a sneak peak, where you can savor the hauntingly beautiful backdrop to this program.
Interviews Along The Way:
Enjoy a myriad of interviews, starting with Ireland’s adopted son, Jeremy Irons who from his house on the western seaboard explains ....
“The West is a long way from anywhere...
This is gold-dust and should be dealt with really carefully,
with great intelligence, because it is one of the last
remaining wild outposts of Europe”.
~ Jeremy Irons
Some Interesting Facts:
- Discover how a 400 year old coconut was found by archaeologists on a sunken Pirate ship believed to be owned by one of the most notorious Dutch Pirates and see Portuguese Pottery salvaged dating from 1613 – 1618.
- Experience the Fastnet Lighthouse, the tallest and widest rock in Ireland and Britain, via helicopter where according to the Lighthouse keepers 180 foot waves regularly crash against the 100 year old structure.
- Under the jet black canvas of the Kerry sky, John interviews the International Dark Sky association, with a front-seat view of the stars.
- John also visits Dingle’s colourful Bealtaine Festival.
- Forgotten flight 923, which saw 28 military personnel and their families lose their lives off the coast of Cork in 1962 is re-told with eye witness accounts of the tragedy and recovery.
- With Ireland fast becoming the mecca for cold watersports, John looks at our new relationship with the Atlantic Ocean and how it is being re-discovered by a new generation of sports enthusiasts.
This three part series will also explore music, poetry, festivals and the everyday lives of those who live on this rugged but spectacular coastline.
I loved this piece about Dursey Island. I remember taking the cable car to Dursey with my granny over 40 years ago. We got stuck over the Atlantic for about 30 minutes on the way back. My land loving granny thought she'd never set foot on Ireland again. Luckily we were on our return journey, because we'd have had to put her on a boat back to the mainland, if she had dangled in the skies on the way out.
How To Watch The Show:
A not to be missed series for anyone who wants to discover or re-discover Ireland’s magical Western coast and its stories, John Creedon’s Wild Atlantic Way will be available on RTÉ Player International, Ireland’s only bespoken multi-genre online TV service, and will be free for the first seven days after initial broadcast.
To download the RTÉ Player International App visit the Apple App Store.
A big thank you to John Creedon and RTÉ for sharing this fabulous program with us today, and for providing me with text, images and links to help highlight their amazing work.
Slán agus beannacht!
(Goodbye and blessings)
Irish American Mom
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