Canada’s famous breakfast television show, Canada AM, is set to film footage in Ireland this week. Two of Canada’s best-known celebrity gardeners, Mark Cullen and Denis Flanagan, were invited here by Tourism Ireland in Toronto – to record segments for Canada AM and to research some of our wonderful gardens for articles they are writing for the Toronto Star newspaper and Landscape Ontario magazine, as well as for Canadablooms.com. They will be recording footage in Dublin, Wicklow and Cork.
Canada AM’s crew will conduct interviews with Helen Dillon at the Dillon Garden [pictured] in Ranelagh, Dublin; and with Darina Allen at Ballymaloe Cookery School in Cork. They filmed at Powerscourt House and Gardens and at Mount Usher in Co Wicklow; and also visited Fota House, Arboretum and Gardens, Charles Fort in Kinsale, Glebe Gardens in Baltimore, Bantry House and Gardens and Garnish Island.
Jayne Shackleford, Tourism Ireland Canada, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Canada AM agreed to film in Ireland. It’s a tremendous opportunity to showcase some of the very best of what we have to offer to a huge Canadian audience. Canada AM is the most popular morning TV show here in Canada and the segments filmed in Cork will be seen by an estimated 1.4 million viewers.”
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According to Tourism Ireland, there were 1,400 media visits to Ireland in 2012. This helped to publicise Irish tourism all around the globe worth about €50 million in equivalent advertising value.