We decided to fill our time exploring the setting of the highly popular BBC series Ballykissangel. We found members of the TV crew spaying liquid dirt onto the local pub – allegedly to make it look more authentically ‘Irish’. If I was Irish, I would’ve felt insulted! Still, the TV show is obviously good for the town, and brings the beauty of Ireland to peak-time viewing.
We looked round the parish church at the end of the main street, with a ‘vote for peace’ poster facing it just across the road. I bought a half-ton of books about Ireland and the Celts from Fitzgerald’s Crafts. Then came the 10am watershed. Breakfast time! And we trooped – crew and all – into the local…post office? Yes, the place they use for the Ballykissangel post office is actually a cafe with a false front. We had a feast there.