Sunday 22 September 2019

Fascinating 'behind the scenes' look at Blarney Castle

Bill Browne

Arguably  one of Ireland's most iconic buildings, Blarney Castle attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year to kiss its world famous stone and wander through its meandering and impressively manicured gardens.

Now the public is set to be given an unprecedented insight into what it takes to maintain the estate in a fascinating 'fly-on-the-wall' style documentary being screened on RTÉ 1 at 7.30pm on Sunday evening. 

'Blarney - A Year on the Estate', a joint project between Blarney Castle & Gardens and Cork based production company AV3 Media, was directed by renowned award-winning director Peter Carr. 

Filmed over the course of 12-months, it takes a look behind the scenes at the work needed to keep the world-famous estate up and running as it welcomes visitors from across the globe eager to experience the beauty and mystery of the landmark tourist destination. 

In what was a first for Blarney Castle, AV3 was given exclusive access to the Estate and the people who ensure its smooth running, including owner Sir Charles Colhurst who described in details the of the various internal departments and  how each of them contributes on a daily basis to the  successful running of the business. 

A running theme throughout the documentary will be the stunning 60-acres of gardens within the estate and the work done by head gardener Adam Whitbourn and his team to ensure they remain in tip-top condition. 

It will show the devastation caused by Storm Ophelia in October 2017 and the efforts to repair the damage it caused, shine the spotlight on its conservation projects with the National Botanic Gardens and foreign countries such as Vietnam to help protect endangered species and the everyday chores undertaken by Adam and his dedicated team. 

Describing the benefits of the documentary, Adam said it would be a "fantastic opportunity to share some of the behind the scenes action." 

"I hope it will give people an insight into the workings  of the estate and help to showcase the beautiful grounds and our world class gardens," he added.