Politician races in to claim credit for bringing Chris Evans, Matt LeBlanc and Top Gear to Kerry
Published 13/04/2016 | 18:02
FINE Gael TD Brendan Griffin is claiming credit for convincing the internationally popular BBC television show Top Gear to film an episode in his native Kerry.
Mr Griffin contacted the show’s producers two years ago with the proposal of recording an episode of the motoring show in Ireland.
Today, Top Gear host Chris Evan’s confirmed he will be recording an episode in Dingle this weekend.
In a statement, Mr Griffin said he was “delighted” to hear the show will be coming to his home county.
“Two years ago I contacted the BBC and invited the Top Gear programme to come to Kerry and the Wild Atlantic Way, as I believed that the landscape, the roads and the people would be a perfect fit for the programme,” he said.
“Top Gear is a hugely popular programme watched by millions of people across the globe. By coming to Kerry, the programme will expose the area to a whole new audience and will present a massive opportunity for tourism.
“Major programmes and films such as Star Wars’ visit to the Skelligs, and now Top Gear’s trip to Kerry, draw attention to the area and their importance cannot be underestimated.
This is a free showcase for our spectacular county and culture. I look forward to the people of Kerry welcoming the Top Gear team to Kerry. I am confident that they will get some stunning shots of the area, which will attract many new tourists to Kerry,” he added.
Earlier today host Chris Evans revealed on his radio show their plans to travel to Co Kerry.
"Matt and I are going to Ireland on Friday to make a couple of Top Gear films that will be combined. We're thinking of going to the Dingle area."
Evans spoke to his newsreader, who is of Irish stock, about where to visit and asked her about Dingle.
She said, "It's beautiful, wonderful food, lovely pubs".
"We won't have time for any of that!" he replied, "Technically we'll be working. We'll try and eke out some time for a bit of socialising."