Ireland welcomed one of the world’s most watched television shows this weekend as the Top Gear team were shooting along the Wild Atlantic Way.
New presenters Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc were driving two generations of Rolls Royce along the Wild Atlantic Way, with Evans in the classic Corniche model and LeBlanc in the new Dawn.
The new series of Top Gear is one of the most anticipated TV shows in history, as viewers around the world wait to see how the new team will compare to the previous presenters.
Former hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May all left the show after Clarkson was dismissed by the BBC for punching a producer.
Evans and LeBlanc are expected to stamp their own mark on the show but the pressure is on to deliver an entertaining and informative programme that is as popular as their predecessors.
Evans explained: “We had to come and film in Ireland. We had to have one of the most beautiful backdrops in the world, and we knew the weather was going to be like this because it always is!”
Matt LeBlanc, who rose to fame as hopeful actor Joey Tribbiani, in the 1990s sit-com Friends, was asked how he had enjoyed his time in Killarney.
He said: “It was nice, beautiful road to drive that car on, and the people were lovely. It’s been a really nice time and at the end of the day when we were all done back at the hotel I had my very first Guinness.”
RTÉ reported on the visit of the motoring enthusiasts to Ireland. Take a look at the report below.