Comedian Neil Delamere may be best known to audiences for his stand-up tours and TV panel shows but, more recently, he has successfully turned his hand to comedy history documentaries, the latest of which features key scenes filmed around Louth.
Holding Out for A Hero, which is written and presented by Neil, offers a wry and humorous look at the lives of four Irish heroes from history: Grace O’Malley, Cú Chulainn, Fionn Mac Cumhaill and Red Hugh O’Donnell. It started on RTE2 yesterday (Monday).
The Cuchulainn episode saw the programme makers visit the Cooley mountains where many of the hero’s stories are set
“The Cooley peninsula and Louth is so closely intertwined with the tale of the greatest ever Irish hero it just had to feature heavily in the show,” said Neil.
“This is where Cuchulainn engaged in single combat; where he did his great militaristic deeds and even where the famous bull which started the whole saga lived. It’s fair to say that the Ulster cycle of tales is probably the most important collection of stories in the pantheon of Irish myth so we had to see for ourselves the locations where most of the action took place”,
The RTE series follows in the footsteps of the IFTA and Celtic Media Award-winning TV programmes on the Vikings and St. Patrick, also written and presented by Delamere.
His live shows continue to attract large audiences around the country and the popular funnyman, returns to Spiritstore in Dundalk April 25th, and the TLT in Drogheda March 20th 2015 with his new live show, the cheekily-titled The Fresh Prince of Delamere.