Former Tory MP turned TV presenter Michael Portillo is in Ireland to film new episodes for his BBC Two show Great British Railway Journeys Goes to Ireland.

Waterford Today reports that Portillo and the BBC crew will make five programmes for the series, with locations in Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Cork and Waterford, where they have already filmed at Kilmeaden Station for the Waterford & Suir Valley Railway episode.

Maria Kyte, Business Development Manager for the Railway, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity to promote County Waterford to the British holiday market. It is watched by millions in Britain and is the tenth most watched programme on BBC 2."

She continued: "We could not have asked for a better evening [Sunday] to film as the tide was in on the River Suir and the sun sparkled on the water, showing the beauty of County Waterford countryside at its best. Mr Portillo was a charming man as he mingled and chatted with everyone at the station."

The programmes are due to be broadcast in January and February.

Discover Ireland Logo

X
Join

Use your RTE ID to Join

  • Upload your style photos
  • Create and save recipes
  • Review and Comment
  • Have your say
help Whats this?
Don't have an RTE ID? register