Chris Tarrant on the right track in Dundalk station
Former 'Who Want's to Be a Millionaire' host Chris Tarrant was in Dundalk last week, filming for his popular TV series Extreme Railway Journeys.
Chris and the show's production team stopped off and filmed at Dundalk train station as they enjoyed a whistle-stop tour around Ireland.
The show, which airs on Channel 5 in Britain, attracts around 2 million viewers per episode. It's planned that the programme filmed in Ireland will air later this year, showcasing the best of Irish scenery and heritage to millions of potential British holidaymakers, as well as highlighting the ease of venturing beyond our cities into our regions via rail travel.
Filming here was supported by Tourism Ireland, in conjunction with Fáilte Ireland
'We are delighted that the team from Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railway Journeys decided to film an episode around Ireland - it's the kind of publicity that money simply could not buy and a superb way to highlight Co Louth and Ireland to 2 million people in Britain, positioning Ireland as a highly desirable place to visit, said Julie Wakley, Tourism Ireland's Head of Great Britain. 'Publicity - and working with TV crews like this - is an important element of Tourism Ireland's overall promotional programme, helping to raise awareness through the media in Britain of the many things to see and do on a holiday around the island of Ireland.'
Dundalk's award-winning Clarke Railway Station, with its beautiful Victorian architecture, also featured in Michael Portillo's Great Railway Journeys a few years ago.