Derry Girls star Siobhán McSweeney to showcase Northern Ireland


A new four-part TV series sees Siobhán take in some of Northern Ireland’s most beautiful sites, writes Clodagh Dooley

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Images of Northern Ireland’s breathtaking coastline and countryside will be beamed into homes across Great Britain, when a new series – fronted by Derry Girls actress, Siobhán McSweeney – begins on More4 tomorrow (12th August).

The first episode in this four-part series, called Exploring Northern Ireland with Siobhán McSweeney, will follow Siobhán as she travels around Co Down on her electric bike, taking in the Saint Patrick’s Way through Downpatrick and Saul and visiting Castle Ward. Viewers will also see her checking out some of Belfast’s best-known sights – including the Harland & Wolff cranes, Belfast City Hall, Queen’s University and the Lyric Theatre – and meeting up with artist Colin Davidson in his studio.

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In the following three episodes, viewers will see Siobhán explore Armagh city, the Mourne Mountains, the Giant’s Causeway, Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Rathlin Island, Derry’s city walls (including, of course, the iconic Derry Girls mural), as well as Fermanagh and the Sperrins. The series was devised by Waddell Media, a Belfast-based production company, and supported by Tourism Ireland and Tourism NI.

Shane Clarke, Tourism Ireland’s Director of Corporate Services, Policy & Northern Ireland, says, “Tourism Ireland was delighted to support the production of this new four-part TV series, ‘Exploring Northern Ireland with Siobhán McSweeney’. With many people across Great Britain set to watch the series on More4, it’s a great way to shine a spotlight on Northern Ireland – highlighting our spectacular scenery and the many things for visitors to see and do here on the island of Ireland.”

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Tourism NI’s Chief Executive, John McGrillen, commented: “This four-part TV series with Siobhán McSweeney will play a significant role in promoting Northern Ireland as a must-see holiday destination to viewers. Northern Ireland has something to offer everyone, from our world-class visitor attractions to our stunning landscapes, top-class accommodation and fantastic food and drink offerings. Viewers will have the opportunity to see what makes Northern Ireland such a compelling place to visit.”

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