8:30pm Friday, June 15 on Prime
Tonight, Paul resumes his travel in Ireland. In Dublin, he meets an enterprising pair who are selling Irish dirt to America, and an artist who lives in a 1930s house. Paul Merton’s journeys through the western edge of Europe continue in County Wicklow. Paul meets a reclusive figure called Willy who has turned his bog land into an Amazon paradise for 20 res cued monkeys, as well as a number of geese, dogs, ostriches and emus. Having fed this odd menagerie, Paul heads to County Cork to see the ancient Irish pastime of road bowling. Locals have gathered to watch two contestants attempt to fling a cannonball as far as possible down a country lane.
The player who completes the distance in the fewest throws is the winner – and the spectators love nothing better than placing bets on the outcome. Next, Paul travels to the lunar landscape of the Burren in western Ireland. These strange rock formations once lay on the ocean floor and represent 300 million years of compacted fish bone. Nearby, Paul visits the farmhouse used in ‘Father Ted’. The property belongs to Patrick, whose father appeared as an extra in the sitcom. But it seems that some of the locals were not amused by the show.