Dutch TV to showcase New Ross


Dutch TV to showcase New Ross

A Dutch TV star, accompanied by comedian Andrew Maxwell, visited New Ross with a film crew to feature the town in a series which will be aired to 500,000 people later this year.

Tom Egbers of NRT TV is travelling around Ireland with a film crew, shooting a travel documentary about Ireland’s great towns.

Mr Egbers is a household name in Holland and has English and Irish ancestry: his great-great grandfather emigrated to Holland.

He wanted to retrace his steps and that led him to Ireland’s most famous Famine ship, the Dunbrody moored in New Ross. Arriving on the sunniest day of the year so far on Tuesday, the crew were able to get excellent shots of the town’s streets, including Mary Street and Quay Street, before venturing over to O’Hanrahan Bridge and the Dunbrody Visitor Centre.

Show producer Carry Waalderbos said the town will be highlighted at the start of each of the six episodes of the show, which is due to air in Holland next winter.

‘This is a pilgrimage for Tom, whose ancestors were Irish on his father’s side and English on his mother’s side. We invited Andrew along as he can give him a tour with an Irish perspective as Andrew is an Irishman based in England and Tom is from England. It’s like Spain here in New Ross today with the weather.’

She said Mr Egbers is on a personal journey and is looking forward to travelling the country. Maxwell showed him around the Dunbrody Famine Ship and centre, giving him a flavour of the local cuisine also during their visit.

Ms Waalderbos said the show will give a fresh perspective of Ireland today amid the chaos of Brexit in the UK, focussing on the country’s culture, heritage and economy.


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