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In episode 6, James is on a mission to find the flavours and aromas that set Ireland alight. At the Dingle peninsular, the crystal clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean are home to a rich and varied marine life. Spear fisherman Ryan Coote knows the waters like the back of his hand and teaches James the art of fishing for your own lunch.
On the streets of Dublin, a food revolution is taking place and people are searching for tastier food made from quality Irish ingredients. Baker Kate Packwood, whose best sellers include freshly baked lavender shortbread and caramel brownies, explains: “We’re really on the crest of a wave here. We’re moving with a real drive towards wonderful Irish produce and it’s very exciting to be part of it.”
The Burren in County Clare is an ecological wonder, which houses seventy per cent of Ireland’s flowering species. Nestled in amongst it, is a business unique to this part of the world. Sadie Chowen and her husband Ralph run an organic perfumery business, inspired by the flora on their doorstep. The perfumery has collected and distilled a huge range of plants from the area, allowing them to create the perfect scents. For Sadie her quest has been to recreate the scent of the Burren.
Ralph explains: “People have become much more informed about their cosmetics. They want to know why you’ve used that plant oil, whether there’s a preservative or a colourant. They can actually see it happening, they can do it themselves.”
On the Strandhill Peninsular Neil Walton and his dad Mick have reinvigorated the Irish ritual of healing aliments by bathing in seaweed found in the Atlantic waters. Historically, farmers harvested seaweed as fertiliser and believed it also had healing powers for their cuts and sores. It’s these therapeutic properties that Neil and Mick’s business is built on.
Neil says: “Seaweed is an amazing plant. It has every vitamin and mineral that the body needs. Once you put it into a bath, because the seaweed is alkaline and the seawater is alkaline, your body detoxes and then you absorb all the goodness from the plant as well.“
Next door is Shell’s café, owned by Jane Lamberth and her husband Miles. After giving up city life, the green spaces of Strandhill attracted them to try and achieve the perfect work life balance. In just over two years Shell’s has become an important part of the community, and as well as re-inventing Irish ingredients, the couple are constantly looking for new ways to bring hungry locals in.
Stunning, captivating and endlessly surprising, the series paints an intimate and charming portrait of a country famous the world over.
“We’re a great big foodie nation, us Irish. Delicacies like champ, colcannon and coddle, go very well with white pudding, soda bread and shellfish. So it wouldn’t be right for me to come all this way back to my homeland without sampling a few of the national dishes.”
James Nesbitt presents this brand new series on his native country Ireland, famed for its rugged volcanic landscapes, vast lakes, ancient traditions and the unique charm of the locals. Across eight episodes, James embarks on a thrilling adventure through the rich Irish landscape. He explores his homeland and personally guides viewers through Irish life, touching on its culture, history, people and visiting places close to his heart along the way.
Throughout the series James engages with Irish people from all walks of life, as he provides a fresh perspective on iconic landmarks such as the Giant’s Causeway and natural wonders like the Black Cliffs of Moher, as well as less well-known places of interest including the traditional seaweed baths at Strandhill.