Chris Hadfield: An Astronaut’s Guide to Ireland…

26th March 2014
Pól Ó Conghaile

Tourism Ireland has launched a four online films featuring astronaut Chris Hadfield.

The films were shot earlier this year when the famous spaceman – who caught the imagination of millions when he tweeted, posted YouTube videos and sang aboard the International Space Station – spent several days as a ‘tourist’ in Ireland.

The Canadian had posted many pictures of Ireland from the ISS (his daughter attended Trinity College as he orbited), and he was the first man to Tweet from space in Irish in (Tá Éire fíorálainn!).

The resulting four short videos were released by Tourism Ireland yesterday, and the first (above) features Donegal and the Inishowen Peninsula, starting point of the Wild Atlantic Way.

It also features some charming footage of Chris learning ‘cúpla focal’ Gaeilge from some of the local schoolchildren in Buncrana; as well as an evening of traditional music in McGrory’s of Culdaff.

“It’s even beautiful from space,” he says of Inishowen.

The next features Commander Hadfield at Titanic Belfast:

My favourite, however, is his Astronauts’s Guide to Hurling.

“Chris, we know you walked in space. But that’s a doddle compared to this game,” is the challenge laid down by Antrim hurling legend Terrence ‘Sambo’ McNaughton.

The films were shot by TinyArk and will be shared by Tourism Ireland on Ireland.com, Facebook (it has over two million fans) and on its YouTube channel. Commander Hadfield will also be tweeting links – hopefully inspiring his one million plus followers to begin planning their own holiday.

So how much did Hadfield cost to hire?

Erm, nothing. Remarkably, he offered his services free of charge.

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