Carnival atmosphere when Tubs hits town
RTE presenter Ryan Tubridy was in dreamland when he visited Strandhill for the first time yesterday (Monday).
He presented his 2FM morning show from the beach front as part of a tourism push for The Wild Atlantic Way.
And Ryan was clearly impressed with the waves that crashed off the shore metres away from the 2FM Roadcaster.
He told The Sligo Champion: "I have been in Sligo a few times but never in Strandhill.
"It has been tremendous as the landscape and the soundscape with the rolling waves is a dream."
The arrival of the RTE radio and television host created much excitement in the village.
It was truly a carnival atmosphere, and as "Tubs" took to the microphone and described his welcome as a "lovely surprise".
Among Tubridy's biggest fans were children who wanted to catch a glimpse of the Late Late Toy Show host.
Ryan even took time out to give advice to one little girl who's biggest dream was to be on the Christmas special.
"There is always questions from kids in particular wondering how to get on the toy show.
"I love kids and seeing them on their summer holidays and stuff like that is great."
Despite the broadcaster's radio team urging him to keep to tight time schedules, Ryan made sure everyone who turned up to see him got a moment or two with him.
He admitted he must have stood in for about "half a million selfies".
But Ryan wasn't the only "celebrity" hanging around the 2FM "chip van".
There was also an appearance from one of Ireland's top bands – The Riptide Movement – who performed their hit single "All Works Out" live on air.
The band said they were honoured to be part of this Wild Atlantic Way campaign.
"It's brilliant – you get to meet some great people and no two days are ever the same.
"We were on the Late Late Show twice so we get on really well with Tubs," said drummer, Gar Byrne.
Actress/singer Jodi Albert was also a guest on the show.
Her husband and Westlife star Kian Egan rang in from Manchester.
Jodi spoke about her life and pregnancy, as well as moving from London to live in Strandhill.
She said: "To be honest with you I was a little bit nervous because I'm looking out and the whole village is here and it's all people I know.
"I think more and more people are becoming aware of what a little gem this place is and even now, the market on a Sunday there is actually a reason to get dressed and see everyone. It is really lovely."
Ryan also spoke to the family and friends of Donal Parsons, a seven-year-old boy from Strandhill who is being treated for a rare form of cancer.
Once 11 o'clock hit, Ryan emerged from the 2FM Roadcaster.
Minutes later onlookers were treated to the sight of Tubs racing through the village on an electric bicycle from Wild Atlantic Wheels.
Nearby Mammy Johnstons Ice Cream Parlour went as far as naming an ice cream after Tubridy, "Yellow Tubmarine".
Ryan said: "It was an absolute honour to broadcast in Strandhill.
"I really think the country is on the mend – things are getting better and if we all talk it up and celebrate Ireland instead of giving out about it then we can make it more pleasant and better."