Visions of Ireland

WLIW at the Celtic Cafe

In time for St. Patrick’s Day – the perfect prelude to honor the Irish

Premieres nationwide Saturday, March 3 at 9 pm on PBS -- visit starting in early February for a sneak preview!

Visions of Ireland showcases the land of saints and scholars as never before. A helicopter-mounted camera shares the vantage point of the Irish faeries of ancient lore for serene aerial views above the fog and mist, the remote Skellig Islands, the magnificent windswept Cliffs of Moher - and the perfect angle from which to kiss the Blarney Stone (see following page for a list of all locations). The program will premiere on PBS stations beginning Saturday, March 3, 2007 at 9 pm (check local television listings or visit

The “Emerald Isle” is a place where myth and legend coexist with a booming modern legacy of invigorated economic strength.

Visions of Ireland reveals all the country's “forty shades of green”, following an itinerary from Sligo to Belfast to Galway to Dublin that explores timeless country glens, lively fishing ports, the famous golf courses of Counties Kerry and Cork, and more.

Rich narration gives context for the stunning high-definition aerial and ground views of this little island of grand historical significance, all set to a soundtrack that includes the fiddles and pipes of traditional jigs and reels and modern Celtic rock.

Visions of Ireland is the 18th program in WLIW New York’s VISIONS series. These programs have thrilled PBS viewers nationwide, providing a visual itinerary, an emotional visit to the family homeland, a souvenir of the trip of a lifetime or the virtual realization of a fantasy vacation. Programs in the series include Italy, Germany, France, Scotland, England and Greece.

Visions of Ireland will be available this March, on DVD with bonus material, exclusively through PBS stations or – click “pledge online”.

Other titles in the WLIW Visions series include Visions of Wales, Visions of Scotland and Visions of England. All three may be purchased as a DVD or VHS set, Visions of Great Britain, from the WLIW website. Visions of Scotland and Visions of England are also available separately, along with many others in the series.

Produced by WLIW New York. Executive Producer: Roy A. Hammond; Producer/Writer: Sam Toperoff; Aerial Director/Producer: Roy A. Hammond; Camera operator: Grant Bieman. 90 minutes. ST and CC.

Continuing Story

the DVD cover, showing the Cliffs of Moher
the fishing port at Inishmore
Blarney Castle
the Dingle Peninsula
the Aran Islands
all photos courtesy of WLIW New York