KILLARNEY’S lifeblood tourism industry is expected to receive a very significant boost after spectacular images of Kerry and its people, including iconic shots of the Ring of Kerry and Slea Head, were beamed into millions of homes by the BBC.
The Kingdom’s beauty was showcased on the smash hit TV series Top Gear and it portrayed the county and its people in a manner than money simply could not buy.
The hugely popular BBC motoring programme, with a huge TV audience and over 20 million fans on Facebook, filmed on location in Kerry in April and the show has been on everybody’s lips since it was aired on Sunday night.
Star of the series, former Friends star Marr LeBlanc, was rich in his praise for Kerry, describing it as beautiful and commenting on how fabulous and friendly the local people were.
The long-awaited special edition of the programme featured Matt LeBlanc and co-host Chris Evans heading to Dingle to see whether the new bells and whistles Rolls-Royce Dawn could outperform its classic ancestor, a 1976 Corniche.
Kenmare was also featured as were iconic images of Ladies View and Moll’s Gap as the two hosts drove along the narrow Kerry roads. LeBlanc and Evans also strutted their stuff with the talented Celtic Steps dance troupe from Killarney after dance school chief David Rae and his dancers had given them a performance to remember on their visit to Dingle.
Kerry TD Brendan Griffin, who had lobbied politicians and tourism agencies to try to get the programme to visit the county, remarked: “The episode was fantastic for Kerry. It was beautifully shot and painted Killarney, Kenmare and Dingle in a magnificent light.”
The Fine Gael TD added: “I have no doubt that this episode will be very beneficial to Kerry and bring with it a great boost to the tourism sector in the county.
“The BBC has done Kerry a great service. The hugely positive exposure and marketing that the county received would have been very expensive to buy and will have a large impact”.