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Great Irish Journeys


Following George Victor Du Noyer’s work and exploring Ireland

Broadcaster and journalist Martha Kearney follows in the footsteps of 19th century Irish artist and geologist, George Victor Du Noyer, in this four-part series that explores the places Du Noyer visited and captured so wonderfully in sketch and paint.

In a series which takes the viewer on a comprehensive walk of the island, the four programmes unlock the story of Ireland’s hidden landscapes and Du Noyer’s unique record of how the country looked during the early 19th century – a period of huge change.

The programmes also reveal the intrinsic relationship between the people and the land (something that Du Noyer was the first to document) and charts the changes modern Ireland faces today.

Episode one takes viewers to the mountains, bogland and coast and introduces us to Du Noyer’s work while visiting the picturesque landscape of Glendalough, Co Wicklow, the beauty of the Bog of Allen, Co Kildare, ending up at the Old Head of Kinsale, Co Cork.

In episode two, Irish-born Martha travels north and sees how the landscape has had a profound bearing on its history, taking in the extraordinary beauty of Dunluce Castle, Co Antrim, and onwards to Mussenden Temple and Co Londonderry.

Episode three visits places of power from ancient times through to the end of the Victorian period and, on her final journey, Martha looks at how remote landscapes provided opportunities for Ireland’s spiritual side to blossom by exploring the Blasket Islands off the coast of Kerry and the islands off the Fermanagh Lakelands.



Programme Information

  • Genre: Travel

  • Subgenre: Factual

  • Producers: Tern TV

  • Broadcaster: BBC

  • Duration: 4 x 30'

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