Birr Castle will feature in a new TG4 documentary series


Birr Castle is featured in the new TG4 series.

Birr Castle features in an upcoming two-part aerial documentary series on TG4, starting Wednesday, October 19 at 9:30 p.m.

Filmed in Ultra High Definition, Rúin ón Spéir offers a breathtaking view of Ireland seen from above over the natural landscape.

Architecture, history and human experience appear in new and unexpected ways as a nation’s hidden histories, memories and mythologies are written into the landscape itself.

The TG4 series was filmed in the fall at various locations around the country including Bull Rock Island, Charles Fort, Newgrange, Merrion Square and Boland’s Mills in Dublin, Birr Castle, Powerscourt Waterfall, Glendalough, The Rock of Cashel, Limerick’s Living Bridge , Lough Hyne. , Liss Ard Country House, Dursey Island, The Burren, Cahergal Stone Fort, Sneem, Dunguaire Castle, Galway city, the Twelve Bens, Clifden, the Cliffs of Croaghaun, Derryclare Lough, Achill Island, Lissadell House, Ben Bulben, Glenveagh National Park a Fanad Head lighthouse, to name a few.

Narrated by Doireann Ní Bhriain, the show features contributions from Anthony Murphy, author and historian, Siún Ní Raghallaigh, former CEO of Ardmore Studios; Edel Tobin, founder of the Waterford Walls art project; Martin Shehan, a farmer on Dursey Island; Jenny Beale, founder of Brigit’s Garden; Sean Corcoran, sand designer; and Helena Byrne, Irish storyteller.

The series is produced and directed by one of Ireland’s internationally renowned filmmakers, Stephen Rooke (Sacred Sites – Seasons 1&2, Aerial Britain, Saving the Titanic, Waterways).

The first episode of this two-part aerial documentary series explores the secrets and hidden stories of beautiful and ancient Southern and Eastern Ireland.

The journey begins on the east coast where the program uncovers how a world famous Hollywood actor was stranded in the waterside mansion of a former Formula 1 driver and reveals the long and checkered history of an island -Viking Jail.

The program reveals how the extraordinary secret of an ancient necropolis was revealed by a hovering drone; how a Wicklow waterfall nearly severed Britain’s royal bloodline, Santa’s secret grave; the golden vision of a Swiss spymaster and the strange story of Europe’s only deep-sea cable car and the four-legged passengers who once used it.

In the second episode, the TG4 documentary explores the mysteries and secret stories of the West and North of Ireland. In Kerry, he reveals the Dark Ages Fort Knox and the fascinating connection between the humble village of Sneem and MI5’s most notorious spymaster.

Above the otherworldly landscape of the Burren, we reflect on a vast, mysterious footprint, the inspiration for the fantasy realm of Middle-earth and the death-defying secret of the world’s first transatlantic flight.

On the Wild Atlantic Way, we tell the grim tale of a hidden beach known as the “Back of Beyond”; a small castle where seaweed restored the fortunes of a seaside town; the infamous landowner whose descendant became a Republican hero and muse to Ireland’s greatest poet and land art epic that was only revealed years after its creator’s death; the lingering curse of a Donegal mansion, a poignant sandy tribute to the Spanish Armada and the massive cliffs that were once part of the oldest mountain range on the planet.

Rúin ón Spéir is produced by Tile Films Ltd for TG4 and the international television market. It has been produced with the support of Tourism Ireland and Section 481, the Irish Film Company Tax Credit.

The series’ first worldwide transmission takes place on TG4 in the fall, with further transmissions planned in Germany, China and Spain. International distribution is handled by Off the Fence Distribution.

Watch on TG4 starting Wednesday, October 19 at 9:30 p.m. or anytime on the TG4 player.

An aerial image of the famous Birr Castle Telescope.


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