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NOLA Code:
IRWM 0400H1
Number of Episodes/Length:
8 / 30
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Detroit Public Television
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A celebration of Irish culture, history, and music.

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#401 Westmeath – The Heartland
At the heart of Ireland, Westmeath conceals captivating mysteries that are sure to enchant visitors. Within this region lies Dun Na Sí, a heritage park where Michael participates in a class on Sean Nós (Old Style) dancing. His journey continues as he uncovers the refined grandeur of Belvedere House, characterized by its Palladian architectural style, and explores Athlone, the residence of Count John McCormack, Ireland's most renowned tenor. Michael embarks on a leisurely cruise along the impressive Shannon River, immersing himself in the sights and sounds of this waterway. Mullingar becomes his next destination, where he encounters a group of young learners mastering traditional instruments in the town that hosts the Fleadh Cheoil, Ireland's national festival celebrating Irish arts.

#402 Shannonside
Michael delves into the myriad possibilities offered by direct flights from the US to Shannon Airport. Unveiling the airport's historical significance as a gateway to the West, he embarks on a journey that encompasses various experiences. His itinerary includes a visit to the charming village of Killaloe, where he acquaints himself with the bodhrán alongside the iconic musician Tommy Hayes. Venturing beneath the earth's surface, Michael explores the Aillwee Caves, where he playfully tests the acoustic properties. He also takes a moment to indulge in the culinary delights of Ireland's sole Michelin-starred pub. Furthermore, his adventure is elevated by the ethereal harmonies of the Shannon Gospel choir, adding a touch of spiritual beauty to his escapade.

#403 Adventures In The North
Arriving into Dublin airport, Michael's purpose is to unravel the means of exploring the entire island. His journey takes him North, where he embarks on an exciting adventure centered around the recently inaugurated Game of Thrones studio tour. Continuing his northward trajectory, he heads to the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, which despite his overwhelming fear of heights, he bravely attempts to traverse. As the day unfolds, Michael's timing couldn't be better as he concludes his adventures by meeting Alex Thomas, the esteemed master distiller at Bushmills. Their discussion spans the promising future of Irish whiskey, punctuated by the delightful sampling of a few drops. Amidst his travels, Michael also catches wind of the folk musical production titled "In the Midst of Plenty" and has the privilege of witnessing a performance by the extraordinary vocal supergroup, Onóir.

#404 Limerick, You’re A Lady
Michael returns to Co. Limerick, the home of his Alma Mater. He immerses himself in the spectral tales surrounding King John's Castle, takes a swing at golf on the future Ryder Cup (2027) course nestled within the prestigious Adare Manor estate, and undertakes the art of crafting the quintessential Irish coffee at the historic Foynes Flying Boat Museum, its birthplace. Adding to his collection of experiences, he grasps an actual Oscar and delves into the tale of a Hollywood movie star's affection for a quaint village.

#405 Follow Me Up To Carlow
Michael's earliest memories revolve around his grandmother's residence situated in the quaint Leighlinbridge village. Revisiting this cherished locale, he immerses himself in the riverside existence of Carlow. His adventure continues with a visit to a different Disney land. He engages in the art of lace making in Borris, an enclave that has evolved around a stately estate. In a conversation with a broadcasting luminary, he gains insights into the world of media. Pausing in Graiguenamanagh, nestled on the Kilkenny border, he acquaints himself with the historical looms at Cushendale. His journey then takes a tranquil turn as he strolls through the serene environs of Saint Mullin, learning about secret masses and enjoying performances from both the traditional ballad ensemble, Green Road, and the uniquely unconventional Gráinne Hunt.

#406 The Riches Of Wicklow
Neighboring Michael's home county, Wicklow, is a treasure trove of cultural and artisanal marvels. Overcoming his unease with heights, the singer braves the Avondale Treetop Walk, an experience that rewards him with a panoramic vista of the entire county. His journey then leads him to reunite with his acquaintance, Fiachra Garvey, a celebrated concert pianist and sheep farmer. Delving into the gastronomic heritage of Wicklow, he engages with Santina Kennedy, a food historian, as he stays at the luxurious and eco-friendly Brook Lodge.

#407 The Cultural North
Hidden within Northern Ireland lie unexplored cultural treasures awaiting discovery. Michael's journey leads him to Ulster, where he explores the impressive art collection of King Charles and Queen Camilla, gaining a glimpse into their exquisite drawing room. Michael’s itinerary includes a visit to the Ulster Folk Museum, where he delves into the art of blacksmithing and is treated to a musical presentation by The Honey Dew Drops, who are participating in the Bluegrass Festival hosted in the town.

#408 The Mad Dash
Across all seasons or Ireland with Michael, an escapade known as the MAD DASH emerges – a collection of delights spanning the entire island. This exhilarating journey is brimming with unexpected encounters, with a brief yet memorable pause at Fore Distillery to sample rum and poitín (legitimate Irish moonshine). As usual, musical interludes punctuate the route, featuring exceptional talents such as banjo virtuoso and national champion, Aoife Dunleavy, adding to the voyage's richness.

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1/4/2024 - 1/3/2027
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Aimee Gudme
United States