Nathan Carter on RTE’s “The Summer Show”


FERMANAGH’s incredible ‘Stairway to Heaven’ will feature on the first episode of RTE’s new ‘The Summer Show’ this Sunday evening, with local country singer Nathan Carter exploring Cuilcagh Promenade and Marble Arch Caves.

Hosted by Nuala Carey and Derek Mooney, who travel the countryside on a “pilgrimage route” in each episode, the opening episode will feature St Kevin’s Way in Co Wicklow. With the couple unable to go anywhere on their own, they also hire ‘volunteer walkers’ to explore their own favorite hiking spots.

One of these willing walkers is Nathan Carter, who brought them one of his own well traveled paths.

“A touring musician’s life can be hectic, so when I come home I like to do the Stairway to Heaven walk,” he said, introducing viewers to the 450-step walk, which has was built to prevent erosion of the valuable bog. in the zone.

“It’s worth every penny and by the way it’s free!” What more could you want,” he added.

Nathan also spoke of his love for the Fermanagh countryside.

“Even though I grew up as a city boy in Liverpool, I’ve always loved the water and the outdoors, which is kind of the reason why I made Fermanagh my home. for the past ten years,” he said.

On the show, he’ll meet Kate Crane, a Marble Arch cave ranger, to learn more about the area, including its glacial lake visible from the Cuilcagh Steps.

Sunday’s show will also visit the extraordinary megalithic sites of Carrowmore and Carrowkeel in County Sligo as they bid to become a Unesco World Heritage Site.

“These Neolithic tombs predate Newgrange and the Hill of Tara,” Nuala said.

“These megalithic sites of Carrowkeel and Carrowmore are home to the largest graveyard of megalithic tombs in Ireland. It is a living area of ​​prehistoric importance that has until recently been neglected.

Derek added: “If Sligo achieves this Unesco status, it will put its Neolithic landscape on par with Machu Picchu in Peru, the Great Wall of China and Stonehenge, while being much older than all of them.”

The Summer Show will air the next four Sundays at 6.30pm on RTÉ One. The series will feature many different stories from across the country celebrating Ireland’s flora, fauna, biodiversity and archaeological heritage.

Each week the show will follow the route of one of Ireland’s famous pilgrimage routes. Nuala and Derek will be joined by many celebrities, poets, historians and wildlife experts who will inspire you to take a trip off the beaten path and reconnect with nature and take time to slow down and recharge the batteries.

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Posted: July 8, 2022 9:01 a.m.


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