years of slavery in Ireland and how he eventually returned to Ireland to save the population and turn the people to Christianity.
Jane Seymour recently starred in a television movie called Yesterday’s Children which was shot on location in the pleasant harbour of Greystones, the cemetery in Newcastle and in the picturesque village of Enniskerry. From Greystones the Excalibur Drive heads south for the small yet nationally famous town of Kilcoole. Kilcoole played host to the RTE television soap series Glenroe. This Irish television series started in 1983 and quickly shot to the top of the Irish TV charts where it remained until recently when the series was concluded. It is centred around the lives of the people who live in the Wicklow village of Glenroe. Kilcoole, set along the Eastern coastline of Wicklow, was the ideal place for this series and welcomed the cast of this fictional community. Glenroe Open Farm is one of the principal film locations of the TV series as it was the home of Dinny, Biddy and Miley Byrne. Originally a family-run working farm it is now open to the public and shows Dinny’s famous pink cottage with its original mud walls and believed to be well over 200 years old. The cottage also houses a photographic exhibition tracing the history of home-grown TV series such as the Riordans and Bracken. The cast of Glenroe has included some of the best Irish actors over the years, such as Mick Lally, Mary McEvoy and Cyril Cusack.
While in Kilcoole also visit the cosy pub The Molly Malone, which is reported to be the most televised pub in Ireland and which has an extensive photo gallery of the Glenroe stars. You should also check out Teasy’s Take Away.
Next on the Excalibur Drive we pass the world famous Druids Glen Golf Club. Woodstock House, which is now the clubhouse, has served as the set for another RTE series called The Price. Druids Glen has hosted the Murphys Irish Open for four years running and is one of Ireland’s leading golf clubs and well worth playing.
The drive comes through the town of Newtownmountkennedy, Ireland’s longest place name, before heading to the finishing point at Roundwood. Roundwood is not only popular with film makers because of its setting but also because of its excellent pubs and eating facilities. Internationally acclaimed film actors, like Daniel Day Lewis and John Hurt, and directors, such as John Boorman, have homes in the Roundwood area and can be found sharing a pint with locals in one of the many cosy pubs.
Try some of the outstanding barfood and atmosphere in the Roundwood Inn, The Coach House or DJ Mulhares.