Sharon Shannon’s Heartlands: Fáilte Ireland Joins Forces with TG4 for New Travel and Music Programme

Fáilte Ireland and TG4 have joined forces with renowned Irish musician Sharon Shannon on a new travel and music programme ‘Heartlands’.

The four-week series, starting on Wednesday 11 August at 8.30pm, features Sharon Shannon and her niece Caoilinn Ní Dhonnabháin showcasing the Shannon River region across Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands.

Sharon filming in Leitrim (photo by Leitrim Observer)

The series is designed to inspire holidaymakers with ideas for short breaks this summer and autumn.

Programme schedule

  • Episode 1: Wednesday 11 August – Cavan, Roscommon and Leitrim
  • Episode 2: Wednesday 18 August – Leitrim, Roscommon, Longford and Westmeath
  • Episode 3: Wednesday 25 August – Westmeath, Offaly and Galway
  • Episode 4: Wednesday 1 September – Clare and Tipperary

A Cast of Musical Stars

Sharon and her niece Caoilinn Ní Dhonnabháin will slowly cruise the River Shannon discovering Ireland’s hidden gems while catching up with a host of musical friends, such as Liam O’Maonlaoi (Hothouse Flowers), Steve Wickham (The Waterboys), Eleanor Shanley, Nathan Carter, The Henshaws, Seamus Begley, Mundy, Gerry ‘Banjo’ O’Connor and Susan O’Neill.

Sharon Shannon in Luker’s Bar (photo by Westmeath Independent)

Commenting on her involvement in the ‘Heartlands’ programme, Sharon Shannon said: “It’s only when you get a chance, like I have, to explore what’s on our doorstep, that you truly realise the wonderful gems we have around Ireland, and in particular along the River Shannon in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands.  It’s been such a joy to be involved with this wonderful programme ‘Heartland’, combining my great love of Ireland and music with Fáilte Ireland and TG4 and I truly encourage everyone to go and explore for yourself the host of things to see and do along our very own River Shannon!”

Sharon filming in Leitrim (photo by Leitrim Observer)

Paddy Mathews, Fáilte Ireland’s Head of Operations for Irelands Hidden Heartlands, said: “Heartlands is an exciting new series which fuses travel with music, uncovering a host of hidden gems along the River Shannon and introducing the viewer to some of Ireland’s greatest musicians along the way. Following Sharon Shannon and her niece Caoilinn Ní Dhonnabháin from the Shannon Pot all the way down to Lough Derg is a wonderful way to showcase Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands in an engaging way which makes for compelling viewing.“

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