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Wild Ireland

  • Episode: 

    1 of 6

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Mon 13 Apr 2015
  • TX Confirmed: 

    Yes
  • Time: 

    8.00pm - 8.30pm
  • Week: 

    Week 16 2015 : Sat 11 Apr - Fri 17 Apr
  • Channel: 

    ITV
  • Status: 

    New
Wild Ireland is a brand new ITV primetime six-part series which sees presenter Christine Bleakley going home to Ireland to travel the length of its 1500 mile west coast - the longest continuous coastal route - known as the Wild Atlantic Way.  
 
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In episode one, Christine heads to Louisburgh in County Mayo to experience 'coasteering' - a mixture of swimming, climbing and cliff jumping. 
 
After practicing her cliff-jumping technique on smaller cliffs, Christine reaches the edge of a 25ft vertical drop into the cold Atlantic ocean.
 
A nervous Christine watches the rest of the group complete the jump before tackling it for herself, saying: "I purposely didn't look over the edge until the very last second, and now that I have done it's put me completely off. I have not got the courage to go first. It's ridiculously high."
 
Series overview
 
During the series, Christine will meet a host of fascinating characters, discover a landscape of natural wonders and reveal the coastline’s hidden treasures as she explores the entire route from Malin Head in the north, to Clonakilty in the south.
 
Starting at the most northerly point of the island, where Christine learns the story of how Ireland first got its name, she then drives, bikes, hikes, swims and kayaks her way along the coastline. On her travels, Christine visits numerous historical sites, takes on some extreme sports, learns about harvesting and preparing local food delicacies and introduces the viewer to some of the most spectacularly landscapes and fascinating history in the world. 
 
From climbing Knocknarea Mountain and visiting a large Cairn older than the Pyramids, to learning how to prepare wild salmon; from trying to master the wild Atlantic waves which attracts surfers from around the world, to joining star-gazers at Dark Sky Reserve - one of only three locations in the world that is free of light pollution, Christine offers a captivating commentary on the Wild Atlantic Way.