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Tuesday 23 September 2014

TD wants Top Gear to drive Ireland's coastline

Eimear Phelan

Published 29/06/2014 | 14:48

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A Kerry TD said he wants BBC’s Top Gear to film an episode along the Wild Atlantic Way.

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Fine Gael’s Brendan Griffin, TD for Kerry South, has invited producers to film along the 2,400km costal route that run from Donegal to Cork.

He says the popular motoring programme would be the ideal way to promote the Wild Atlantic Way to millions of people, not just in the UK, but worldwide.

The motoring show is famous for putting its hosts in a variety of stunning and challenging locations including the exclusion zone in Chernobyl, driving across Vietnam by scooter, off-roading in Botswana and attempting to reach the North Pole by jeep.

Many of the Top Gear adventures are challenges put to the famous threesome, Richard Hammond, James may and Jeremy Clarkson. The coastal route may appeal to the producers as most of it is quite rural is made up by some very winding and narrow roads which could test the host’s resilience against Irish roads.

The government has allocated €8m for the project this year with Failte Ireland spending another €2m on some 159 “Discovery Point” sites highlighting key attractions such as the Cliffs of Moher in Clare and Dursey Island in Co Cork.

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