Meet the Irish farmer who's set to be a Canadian TV star
Tourism Ireland in Canada has teamed up with The Weather Network, to promote the island of Ireland, which will run until mid-November and part of that will include Donegal farmer Patsy McNulty talking about how Irish farmers predict the weather.
Canadians love to chat about the weather and this tourism promotion aims to inform Canadians about the weather in Ireland and how the off-season months can be the perfect time to visit, with lots of great festivals and events happening.
Farmer Patsy McNulty, who farms outside Donegal town will feature on the ads.
Patsy has 200 sheep on his farm and and showed them his dog at work rounding up sheep.
"Rachel interviewed me and wanted to know old ways of telling the weather."
Tales such as 'the first 12 days of January are said to represent the 12 months of the year' and that if it rains on St Swithin's day it will rain for 40 days, are all well known ways of predicting the weather, he said.
"A wet and leaky May will fill your haggard with corn and hay," he said is self explanatory, but he had to explain some Irish sayings to the Canadians. "The sun would split the rocks was a phrase they didn't know, as they would say 'fry an egg on a stone'."
As to whether there is truth in them, he's says there's some truth, but at best they probably only give you an indication.
The campaign includes four different TV ads which will run on The Weather Network over the coming weeks, reaching more than 2m viewers.
Filming for the TV ads took place here recently – in Belfast, during a Belfast Food Tour with Phil Ervine and in the Titanic Quarter; as well as in Derry, during the Banks of the Foyle Festival; and at Lough Eske Castle and Triona Design in Donegal.
To coincide with The Weather Network promotion, Tourism Ireland is also running a competition with Air Canada – be in with a chance to win a trip for two people to Ireland.
Dana Welch, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Canada, said: “We are excited about our new partnership with The Weather Network, which promises to be a great way to showcase the island of Ireland. Our aim is to raise awareness of some of the many unique experiences on offer here and to inform the viewers and followers of The Weather Network that the off-season months can be a great time to visit.”
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