A wildlife journey along one of the most spectacular
coastlines in the world featuring the elusive
creatures and wild places that make it so special.
A two hour special on Ireland’s most striking wild environment – the 1,600km of rock and ocean that make up our island’s Atlantic edge. Featuring enchanting wildlife set against stunning land and seascapes under the moodiest skies in Europe, this series is a compelling portrait of the wild creatures that inhabit a coastline that was for millennia the very edge of the known world. Presented by Eoin Warner and produced by the team behind some of the most internationally celebrated nature films of recent years, Éire Fhiáin – An Cósta Thiar uses the very latest camera techniques – night time, macro and slow motion to marry remarkable images with rock solid storytelling and create two truly memorable hours of film about the hidden creatures and secret corners of Ireland’s Atlantic realm.
Programme 1 – 01.03.17 @ 9.30pm
On the Skellig Islands off the Kerry Coast, Eoin opens the series surrounded by thousands of comical Puffins and secretive Shearwaters who travel to Skellig from sub Antarctic waters every year to find the same nest to breed – some seeking shelter in the monk’s cells of Skellig’s ancient monastery. Heading north from here he encounters leaping Humpback Whales off the Blasket Islands before heading inland for Killarney to capture our last herd of ancient Red Deer as the rutting season begins. In the ruins of an ancient castle, Eoin finds a family of Barn Owls have taken up residence before he heads north to reach Ireland’s limestone desert – the Burren, home to the island’s only reptile, the common lizard.
Programme 2 – 08.03.17 @ 9.30pm
From his home county of Galway, Eoin explores the sheltered Connemara Islands before heading north for Mayo to encounter some of our hardiest long distance travellers – The Whooper Swans who arrive out of the north every Autumn escaping the bitter winter in Iceland. We go underwater to meet Basking Sharks, which now thrive in Irish waters after years of persecution came to an end. We meet the Red Squirrels of Donegal who prove they have just the personality needed to make a comeback before heading for the hills of Glenveagh – the realm of the magnificent Golden Eagle and Eoin’s jounrey’s end on Malin Head.
Produced by Crossing the Line Productions