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It is not often RTE makes a programme that is wonderful to watch as the Wild Atlantic Way with its three shows of 60 minutes each made by RTÉ Cork and shown the last thre Sundays on RTÉ One.
Its presenter, John Creedon, and the RTÉ crew took us on a road trip from Kinsale through Beara and the peaceful beauty of Dursey Island on to Kerry and up the West coast through counties like Sligo, Leitrim, Donegal and to the final stop at Malin Head in Co. Donegal.
The show had high production values and was blessed with mostly excellent weather. The aerial videos were great. It showed what a beautiful country Ireland is and it was amazing to see the number of ancient round constructions or monuments on the high points of mountain areas in Sligo that can be better appreciated when seen from an overhead helicopter flight. Some looked like smaller versions of Newgrange.
They could do yet another series on the Wild Atlantic Way as there are many coastal areas and stories to be unearthed for the viewer.
Highlight of the series for me was — all of it. It was wonderful to see what a rich and varied country we have in our scenery well away from the cities and in many cases still unspoilt.
Hopefully, RTÉ will do more of these bright and upbeat programmes and with John Creedon as presenter. His easy-going and genial style is natural and perfect for these shows.
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