Wednesday 13 December 2017

Ant and Dec continue mystery tour of the country with a visit to Northern Ireland

Ant and Dec in Northern Ireland. PIC: Tullylagan House Hotel on Facebook
Ant and Dec in Northern Ireland. PIC: Tullylagan House Hotel on Facebook
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Ant and Dec have spent the past week traversing the country from Maynooth to Leitrim and now Northern Ireland.

The TV duo surprised students on campus at Maynooth University last week and happily posed for myriad selfies before being later spotted in Leitrim where they visited Drumshanbo (stopping for a pint in Barry's Tavern) and Drumkeeran.

The Leitrim Observer reports that Ant McPartlin revealed they were filming a documentary for ITV but the subject of that documentary remains a mystery.

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Ant and Dec at The Oarsman restaurant in Carrick on Shannon. PIC: The Oarsman Restaurant Facebook

Their latest visit was to Cookstown in Northern Ireland where they visited Tullylagan House Hotel and were photographed by staff meeting the hotel's dog, Fritz.

Some sources speculate they could be filming a documentary on their Irish heritage as they both have Irish ancestors despite hailing from Newcastle themselves.

Ant and Dec in Drumshanbo

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Declan's father Alphonsus Donnelly, who died in 2011, was born in Desertmartin, Co Derry so it is possible the pair were visiting the area.

The Irish Mirror reports that McPartlin's ancestors hail from Leitrim and a Father James McPartlan who built the local church in Drumkeeran.  He reportedly met local McPartlans who are distant relations.

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Ant and Dec filming in Maynooth. PIC: Twitter @IsMiseLaura

Ant and Dec went on a selfie marathon with snap happy students in Maynooth 

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