Thursday 29 September 2016

Martha's been tackling Ireland, too

John Boland

Published 12/04/2015 | 02:30

Martha Kearney on her Great Irish Journeys
Martha Kearney on her Great Irish Journeys

We've had Fergal Keane's Ireland, Terry Wogan's Ireland, Diarmaid Gavin's Ireland and James Nesbitt's Ireland, and now we have Martha Kearney's Ireland.

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Great Irish Journeys with Martha Kearney (BBC1) has seen the Dublin-born, former Newsnight presenter (right)travelling around the country and using as her guide the accounts and drawings of Victorian surveyor George Victor Du Noyer.

It came to an end this week with visits to the Dingle Peninsula and to Station Island and if the tone has been quite serious and scholarly, it's made a refreshing change from the unabashed blarney of both Wogan and Nesbitt. From her Newsnight and Radio 4 World at One experience, Kearney's been a good listener to her various interviewees, too, though whether or not another series about our landscape was needed by viewers is a separate matter.

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