RTE Television


GLIONDAR (exhilaration ) returns in 2015. Focussing on the passions and exuberance that grip us as we follow our own individual pursuits - a series which reveal something of ourselves as a nation.


Episode 1 - "A Power To Lift"

Glamorous, fashionable and feminine, not words you would usually use to describe power lifters. We meet some Irish women who are passionate about power lifting and break all the stereotypes associated with it. Anybody at all can power lift once you have the dedication and the motivation. PR executive Emma Scott and beautician Sharon Conroy show us how they balance their glamorous jobs with gruelling training regimes and workouts. These are no ordinary ladies in weighting!

Episode 2 - A Classic Affair

Danny and Maura Cronin have discovered the secret to a long and happy marriage: it is their shared love of vintage cars. This Cork couple are among thousands of enthusiasts who take to the roads of Ireland every weekend to show off their beautiful vehicles. Members of the Muskerry Vintage Club, like Danny and Maura spend, their weekdays under car bonnets rebuilding, rewiring and rechecking engines while car bodies are lovingly washed, polished and plumped in preparation for the Car Runs. These outings allow cars to be shown off at their shiny best. Copious amounts of sandwiches and tea are consumed and new arrivals are eyed enviously. We follow members of the Muskerry Vintage Club in West Cork to find out why they eat, sleep and breathe vintage cars, and to unravel the mystery that brings this unique community together.

Episode 3 - HONEY BEE HEAVEN (Beekeeping)

We hate the sting but love the honey! The Honey Bee is a fascinating creature upon which Einstein claimed life as we know it on this planet depends. With our environment under more and more pressure, we take a look at what goes on inside the hive and get a glimpse behind the veils and smokers of bee-keepers around Ireland. Their craft and passion in working with our native honey bee is tested and celebrated at the National Honey Show in Gormanston every year where over 400 bee-keepers gather from far and wide.