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James Nesbitt’s Ireland

Published: Fri 22 Mar 2013

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“It’s so beautiful. Just to be in such a gorgeous place with lovely people and a big dolphin, is very special indeed. I’d recommend it.”  James Nesbitt
In episode four, James visits the picturesque seaside town of Dingle, a tourist mecca that remains a charming beauty spot. Local fisherman Jimmy Flannery says: “It’s a close-knit community so everyone looks after each other. When I left school there was nothing else but fishing. I left school at 15 and went to the fishery college in Donegal, to be a deckhand on a fishing boat.” His son Colm has followed in his father’s footsteps: “The sea is definitely in my blood, there is no doubt about it…They do tell me stories of a baby seat being bolted to the back, and me doing trips with dad when I was very small.” 
Alongside fishing, the father and son have been running trips into Dingle harbor for 23 years, their boat packed with tourists all eager to catch a glimpse of Fungie, a wild bottlenosed dolphin who has made Dingle his home. Hoping for a closer look, James dons his wetsuit and takes to the icy water: “For your eyes only and in the name of human, dolphin relations, I’m going to brave the depths of Dingle bay to try and have a swim with Fungie.” James is nervous for a reason. He explains: “Colm was saying earlier that it’s only the first five minutes that are really bad in the water, when you think that you’re going to die…”
Further up the west coast of Ireland in County Clare, we meet Ireland’s resident cupid Willie Daly, the last in a long line of traditional matchmakers. Willie claims his gift for romance has resulted in hundreds of marriages and he’s devised The Love Trail, taking eligible singles trekking on horses together in the hope of meeting someone special. 
Also this week, it’s oyster season in the pristine waters of Galway bay and we join Michael Moran of Moran’s Oyster Cottage, as he harvests the season’s unique Galway flat oysters. On his way to the oyster beds, Michael says: “These oysters are the best in the world. They are the Galway Flats and they take five to six years to grow. I’m excited!” 
Stunning, captivating and endlessly surprising, the series paints an intimate and charming portrait of a country famous the world over. 
Series overview
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.