Ardal O’Hanlon will always be known as Father Dougal from the sitcom classic Father Ted. In this travelogue, the comic explores the Emerald Isle and Irish life, heading off the beaten track to learn more about what makes the Irish… well, Irish.
As he travels around his beloved homeland, Ardal visits small towns and some of the more idiosyncratic attractions that the Emerald Isle has to offer.
To aid his voyage of discovery, Ardal uses a series of very proper Victorian guidebooks by Mr and Mrs S C Hall, written originally with the purpose of tempting the English over to Ireland in the 19th century.
As he travels, he examines Irish stereotypes and issues surrounding faith and belief, investigating how the Irish became such renowned storytellers and why they are obsessed with myths and legends, including leprechauns. And he discovers how the new generation is embracing the traditions of the past.