Journalist, host and former BBC politician Michael Portillo was hard to miss in New Ross last week as he filmed his latest show on train travel, wearing a tricolor suit.
From the Dunbrody Experience, where he spoke with manager Sean Connick and former manager Sean Reidy, Mr. Portillo and his crew toured the ship and the famine center, spending a few hours in the city before leaving. for the Kennedy Homestead.
There he was greeted by Patrick Grennan, a fourth cousin of President John F Kennedy, and spent hours there filming.
Mr Grennan said the program’s researchers were with him often in the weeks leading up to the shoot and everything went very smoothly.
“We have walked through the history of the place. It got quite wet but he seemed very interested in the story.
Focusing on the narrative arc of Patrick Kennedy’s departure through the farm gates in the 1840s and the arrival of his great-great-grandson John over a century later through the same gate, the crew filmed extensively on location for the show which will likely air later this year or early 2022.
Mr Grennan’s neighbor, Marie Dempsey, who was part of President Kennedy’s welcome guard of honor in 1963, was filmed chatting with Mr Portillo.
“They wanted the story to speak for itself. The story of the emigrant until John became president.
Next, Mr. Portillo proceeded to Rosslare where he took the train north as it continued its journey along the east coast.