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Great Irish Journeys with Martha Kearney

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Martha Kearney was born in Ireland, but left as a child. Here she returns to her homeland to follow in the footsteps of artist George Victor Du Noyer, who spent 35 years tracing his country’s beautiful, rugged surface.

Alas, Kearney doesn’t have 35 years; hers is a flying visit, and you might find yourself wishing those obligatory lingering landscape shots lingered a little longer.

Though it’s not all so picturesque. In Skibbereen, Kearney visits a grave for the victims of the Great Famine, where, in a space the size of a tennis court, 8,000–10,000 people are buried — four to five times the current population of the Cork town, but still a mere fraction of the one million who lost their lives to hunger.

Summary

The broadcaster follows in the footsteps of 19th-century artist George Victor Du Noyer, who spent 35 years charting the landscape, people and buildings of Ireland. In the first episode, Martha gives an introduction to Du Noyer's work, and travels to the Bog of Allen, which lies between the Liffey and Shannon, and the Old Head of Kinsale in Co Cork.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Martha Kearney
Director Spike Geilinger
Executive Producer Brendan Hughes
Executive Producer Deirdre Devlin
Series Producer Andrea McCartney

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