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In episode 8, James explores Ireland’s rich coastal culture. The rugged coast of Northern Ireland and the majestic Giant’s Causeway. Every year, 600,000 tourists, locals, geologists and school children come through the Visitors Centre. James says: “It’s a unique landmark that’s particularly close to my heart. I grew up not far from here and used to make regular day trips with my family.”
On the West Coast we meet Oyster farmer Diarmuid Kelly and local restaurateur Michael Moran, who is visiting Diarmuid’s farm. Michael is in training for the world oyster opening championships, which are being held at the Galway oyster festival. His father and uncle were both world champion twice and as this year’s Irish entrant, Michael carries the hopes of the nation, and his family, on his shoulders. Michael says: “It’s the start of the season and I’m so excited. Oysters are my life. I eat, drink and sleep oysters.”
The seas around the Irish coast have shaped both the cliffs and also the lives of the Irish people for thousands of years. Former pro-surfer John McCarthy spent twenty years chasing waves all over the world. But Ireland is now a top surf destination which enticed him to Lahinch, in County Clare where he runs his own surf school. John says: “If you get a day with a big wave, the perfect wave, you can get the famous big name surfers to come from South Africa, California, Hawaii, Australia. They will all travel to surf here. It’s amazing.”
Finally we visit Dublin’s busy port as harbour master David Dingham prepares for this year’s Round The World Tall Ships Race. David must control all marine traffic heading in and out of the port, and with 17,000 ship movements a year, this is no easy task.
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.