‘Morning Ireland’ Comes Looking For Good News In Kerry

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Cian McCormack of RTE’s Morning Ireland programme who will be travelling through Kerry on July 6-7 looking for good news stories.

RTÉ Radio 1’s flagship news programme, Morning Ireland, is coming to Kerry and is looking to bring interesting, unheard stories and voices to the station’s listeners.

Reporter Cian McCormack is travelling on his bike for two weeks in July stopping in towns, villages and communities from Cork to Kerry to Donegal along the Wild Atlantic Way and he’s looking for positive stories along the way.

‘Ireland by bike’ will gauge tourism, economic recovery and the west coast’s post-storm clean-up, amongst other issues. Cian will travel alone on his bike – carrying all the equipment he needs without back-up support – to make daily reports on Morning Ireland from Monday, July 7 to Friday, July 18.

Listeners will be able to interact with the ‘Ireland by bike’ series directly by emailing: irelandbybike@rte.ie or on twitter: @cian_mccormack or @morningireland.

Cian will start his radio series at Mizen Head early on Saturday, July 5 and then make his way through parts of Kerry before departing on the Tarbert ferry to Clare.

“I plan to pass through Kerry sometime between Sunday, July 6 and Tuesday, July 7. But if the cycling is going well – without any punctures or without major breakdowns – I’ll certainly arrive to Kenmare on the Sunday,” said Cian.

“I’m looking to hear stories from people as we travel parts of the Wild Atlantic Way. I’d like to hear from people who’ve set up new businesses in ‘the Kingdom’ or from people who’ve turned things around,” said Cian.

“As importantly, we’re hoping communities will tell us their stories too – maybe they are running an interesting local festival or have something positive to tell us. But also, I’m interested in seeing how areas have recovered after the heavy winter storms that hammered the country during the winter,” Cian added.

“Hopefully, before we get to Kerry people can email us or contact us on twitter so we know their stories. The email is irelandbybike@rte.ie,” said Cian.

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