Top Gear rolled into Ireland last weekend as presenters Matt LeBlanc and Chris Evans took their cars around the Ring of Kerry for filming.
Hoards of spectators turned out when the pair turned out hours early for filming, and the internet was alight with fans grabbing selfies with the TV stars whose first series after replacing the former line-out airs.
Chris Evans tweeted that one part was the ‘best road I’ve ever driven on’ and later updated his social media feed stating:
It’s actually getting better. pic.twitter.com/z3cJsDv8zs
— Chris Evans (@achrisevans) April 16, 2016
Former Labour TD Michael McCarthy had previously written to the BBC and the head of Fáilte Ireland to ask Top Gear to feature the West coast and the Wild Atlantic Way on the show.
“We’re inviting them over to do a show here which would be a wonderful promotion of the Irish tourism industry and I think also it will be very good for the programme itself”, he said.
“As well as the very vibrant tourist sector in the area, there’s a very fine road network”. On set, while being interviewed Evans joked about the luck of getting good weather and sunshine for filming.
“We ended up here because it’s over the water and we had to come and film over in Ireland. We had a beautiful Rolls Royce so why not use one of the most beautiful backdrops in the world to go with it,” Evans later stated.
On his travels around Kerry, LeBlanc seemed even managed to gatecrash a hen party, and posed with bride-to-be Sarah Jayne Murphy in Kenmare.
One of the hens, Lisa Marie Keane, posted the snap to Twitter:
— Lisa Marie Keane (@lisamarie_smith) April 15, 2016
He went to Killarney too, and was seen wincing as he tried to manoeuvre his £250,000 vehicle around a Hyundai on the spiralling roads outside the town. “Killarney was nice, it was a beautiful road and the people were lovely. I had my very first Guinness when I got back to the hotel, and it was delicious which meant I had my second ever Guinness too!”
Ahead of their trip, Evans revealed their plans that Top Gear would be coming to Ireland on his BBC Radio 2 show on Wednesday.
“Matt LeBlanc and I are going to Ireland on Friday to make a Top Gear film,” he said. “And we’re thinking of going to the Dingle area. Is that a good thing to do?”.
After being told about some of the delights of Dingle, he added that the duo might sample some local hospitality, while pointing out that “technically we’ll be working, obviously.”
The 50-year-old presenter also mentioned Killorglin as a destination for Top Gear, adding that they “don’t want to go inland” and would rather “go on the coast road” as it is “better for shots”.