Jesus, Mary and Joseph and his little donkey… is that Adrian Dunbar in Greystones, my old stomping ground?
Adrian has long been a national treasure in Ireland, and much loved too now in the UK on the back of his award-winning performance as Hastings in cop series Line of Duty.
Adrian Dunbar: My Ireland is the Fermanagh actor’s new series which goes to air on Channel 5 this evening, 23 November (8pm).
The two-part series will follow Adrian, who introduced the wider world to some choice Irish phrases such as the above, as he returns to his hometown of Enniskillen.
We’ll join the ever-likeable Adrian as he visits places that hold fond memories for him.
And he will also check out some places he has always wanted to visit but has never before found the time.
Garden of Ireland
And I guess that is where the word went up of Adrian Dunbar in Greystones, Co. Wicklow, the Garden of Ireland.
Mind you there have been one or two celebs there over the years, Ronnie Drew out of the Dubliners, Damian Rice and ahem, yours truly.
Of course, we didn’t need any steer that Adrian was visiting the jewel of Wicklow.
As we recognised straight away the train, its destination and the platform.
From almost 14 years of standing on it… and that’s not far off as the DART (the Dublin Rapid Transport) is notorious for its poor efficiency.
But friendly staff, and I got to know the guards there well.
Dart and craft
So much so that they shared their idiosyncratic Irish wisdom with me on my first Christmas works do.
When I turned up at the DART station at 6pm one evening and booked a return ticket to Dublin, 15kms away.
The guard was insistent that I should get a taxi home or stay the night in Dublin as the last train back was 11.30pm.
And meet celebrity chef Neven Maguire.
Train of thought
In episode two, which will air on 30 November, he will meet artist Jim FitzPatrick in Howth and another well-known chef, Richard Corrigan – who will give Adrian a tour of his Virginia Park Lodge.
They’ll also see him taking that trip on the DART in Wicklow… and remember Isambard Kingdom Brunel (and Michael Portillo) were all over the Bray-Greystones tunnel along the Irish Sea.
And he will cycle across the Kilmacthomas Viaduct on the Waterford Greenway.