A Hooker’s journey of history, culture and heritage

The Connemara Sailors (left to right) - Donncha, Tom�s and Cill�

The Connemara Sailors (left to right) - Donncha, Tom�s and Cill�

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A THREE-part series which starts on BBC ALBA tonight (Friday, April 12th) three-part series follows three mariners from Connemara take to the high-seas of the old Gaelic Kingdoms round Ireland, the Isle of Man, and Scotland’s islands, to sail 3,000 miles in search of thier history, culture and heritage.

Donncha, Cillín, and Tomás leave home seeking what remains of their native ethnicity on the shores of the wild Atlantic, meeting experts and local communities along the way and travelling on the most Gaelic sailboat still around, the Naomh Bairbre, a Galway Hooker.

‘Turas Huiceara’ / ‘A Hooker’s Journey’ will follow the mariners as they visit Skye, the Western Isles, Orkney and St. Kilda – the haunting and deserted island off Western Scotland – as well as the famed Loch Ness in the Highlands and other magical locations that can only be reached by sea.

The breaking of the Naomh Bairbre’s boom and a crash in Scotland doesn’t stop this expedition, during which they discover the largest colony of gannets in the world, inhabiting some of the tallest sea stacks of Europe.

On their travels, they also find the ceremonial cup of the old High King of Ireland hidden away in a castle in Skye and hear that the Patron Saint of Ireland, Columba, had much blood on his hands.

Combining dramatic footage with evocative music, this series will bring the taste of sea-salt to your screen, act as a reminder of the shared heritage of Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man and allow viewers to see themselves as others see them.

The show is broadcast tonight at 9pm, then Friday April 19th and Friday April 26th, also at 9pm.