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New Outdoor Recreation Series for RTE

November 14, 2011


RTE Sports Presenter Tracy Piggott opens the new outdoor recreation series Tracks and Trails this Sunday with a stunning walk, along the River Suir in County Tipperary.
This programme, is the first of five programmes  in the new series which features well know personalities including Comedian Colin Murphy, Meteorologist and Presenter, Evelyn Cusack, Broadcaster Jim Sherwin and Senator /Businessman, Feargal Quinn, taking on the challenge of walking, cycling and paddling on some fantastic trails around the country.


The series, which is produced by Sherwin Media and supported by the Irish Sports Council with a number of other partners, was developed to follow the popular first series which aired on RTE in 2010. Chief Executive John Treacy said “The Irish Sports Council is delighted to support the Tracks and Trails Series which highlights the wonderful natural resources available in the Irish outdoors. The National Trails Office, a unit of the Council, is very active in supporting the development of natural infrastructure for walkers, cyclists and other outdoor enthusiasts, both from Ireland and for overseas”.


Areas being features in the new series include South Tipperary, the Burren in Co. Clare, Achill Island in Co. Mayo, Lough Erne in Co. Fermanagh and Howth in Co. Dublin – all of which have some fantastic trails waiting to be explored.


The first programme in the Tracks and Trails Series will air on RTE 1 at 7.30pm on Sunday 20th November.   A summary of each programme featured in the series is attached and full details of all five programmes in the series can be obtained on 


Tracks & Trails Series Schedule

Programme 1:  Co. Tipperary  – November 20th at 7.00pm RTE1
South Tipperary is the location as Tracy Piggott starts her walk on the Tipperary Heritage Way from the Knockmealdown Mountains to the Rock of Cashel.  


Programme 2:  Shannon / Erne , Co. Cavan and Co. Fermanagh – November 27th at 7.00pm RTE1
Belfast comedian, Colin Murphy, cycles, canoes and walks on the Kingfisher Cycle Trail and the Lough Erne Canoe Trail from Belturbet in Co. Cavan to Enniskillen.


Programme 3:   Achill, Co. Mayo – December 4th at 7.00pm RTE1
Jim Sherwin makes a welcome return to television as he cycles the new Greenway from Mulranny with two grandsons and walks the Atlantic Drive in Achill Co. Mayo.


Programme 4:   The Burren, Co. Clare – December 11th at 7.00pm RTE1
Well known senior meteorologist Evelyn Cusack takes time out from forecasting the weather to enjoying it as she walks the Burren Way and Blackhead Loop Walk in Co. Clare


Programme 5:   Howth, Co. Dublin – December 18th at 7.00pm RTE1
Senator Feargal Quinn takes in the scenic Howth cliff walk to the summit, passing the Bailey Lighthouse, meeting and greeting local residents and experts and visiting some hidden gems on Howth Head.