Tourism boost for Wicklow as county features in popular US travel show

 Wednesday, February 2, 2022 


The travel show ‘Ireland with Michael’ is set to showcase Wicklow as a holiday destinations to audiences of 155 million people across the USA and Canada this month.

Michael Londra, the Emmy nominated, Irish singer-producer is originally from Wexford town and is now a resident of the US.

He hosts the travel show which airs across the PBS network in the US and Canada.

In each episode, he takes viewers on an intriguing journey to the popular and some of the lesser-known Irish destinations to learn about Irish history, meets local artisans, experience small-town pubs and food, and enjoy unique musical and cultural experiences.

In summer 2021 the host and crew travelled to Wicklow and Kildare to film a full episode in the counties.

The episode begins with a tour of the Kilruddery Estate where the Lord Ardee of Meath himself hosts the crew. He shows Michael his home, which has been in his family for 400 years and highlights how the estate is thriving.

Michael also stops by Powerscourt House and gardens to visit the walled gardens, with ornate fountains and statues and stops to taste Fercullen Whiskey distilled in the mill house on-site.

He ends the day at Glendalough, the peaceful monastic valley with a performance from Valda Chamber Choir.

Speaking of the new series release Michael said that they are delighted to release Season 2 of ‘Ireland with Michael’, the show has been such a huge hit in Season 1 with a viewership of 75 per cent of all U.S. households.

It is an honour to highlight their greatest asset. Be they singers, dancers, poets, artisans or storytellers, our creators share their Ireland, in every episode of the show.

He is so proud of the country and the people in it, it is a joy to be able to share that around the world.

Pre-pandemic North America has been the fastest-growing vacation market for Irish tourism, accounting for 33 per cent of foreign earnings.

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