Go Outside and Play is back this summer for a brand-new series called Famous Locations, and this time Carl Mullan isn't alone. With a summer of exciting staycation ideas ahead of us, we are thrilled to introduce Carl’s new co-presenter, Karl Doyle!
Born with arthrofibrosis, which led to osteoporosis and scoliosis, Karl has been using a wheelchair for all of his life. His need for accessible routes (along with his cracking sense of humour) will bring a whole new element to the travel show as the two navigate travelling around the country's most scenic spots.
These famous locations are home to the big and small screen, and are ideal for getting the perfect Instagram snap.
Having searched for FREEEDOOOOM!! in the Wicklow mountains, and fought for their place on the Iron Throne in Northern Ireland, Carl and Karl head West for a religious experience...
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Our two hosts are massive fans of Father Ted so it was only natural they would want to hit the West of Ireland.
On today's episode, the duo visit the Craggy Island home, squeeze in a visit to the picturesque Burren and are on the hunt for a very famous shipwreck on the island of Inis Oírr.
Lackareagh, Co. Clare.
Glanquin Farmhouse in Lackareagh, Co. Clare is the parochial house of Father Ted.
How to make a day of it
While the exterior of the parochial house is famous for its Craggy Island connections, the building itself is actually a private home and is not open to visitors. Thankfully, fans are more than welcome to look over the stone wall, take a selfie, and debate the merits of Oasis and Blur.
If you're a super fan of the show, you might consider signing up to a guided tour to follow in the footsteps of Ted, Dougal, Jack and Mrs. Doyle. Either way, it should be noted that there is no parking available near the house so be prepared for a bit of a journey.
The interior shots of the iconic show were filmed in Manchester - a little outside of our staycation limitations - but Craggy Island and its famous shipwreck (which can be seen in the intro to all 25 episodes of Father Ted) is just a short boat ride away.
Better known as Inis Oírr, the island is accessible to wheelchair users, however, Karl was quick to note that a high tide would have made the trip easier when it came to getting on and off the jetty:
"When we were going over early in the day, the tide was low so it was a steep drop and getting the electric wheelchair over there was a worry," he told RTÉ Lifestyle. "I could walk in my crutches down the stairs but the people who had to carry the wheelchair – I felt for them."
After all that, you'll be only gasping for a nice cup of tea.
Ah, go on. Go on, go on, go on, go on...
1 in 7 people in Ireland have a disability that prohibits them from participating fully in the outdoors. RTÉ Player's Go Outside and Play is proudly sponsored by Rockshore.