Published on 28 March 2012 ‐ Duration: 12:38
Torr Road connects the two villages Cushendun and Ballyvoy in Country Antrim, Northern Ireland (see on map). Paddy drove a great number of roads in his life, among them famous Swiss mountain roads, but he won't forget Torr Road. He has taken her to his heart. This road has nearly everything: sharp corners, straights, up and downs, a magnificent view and sheep... in short Torr Road is fucking brilliant! Paddy drove this road many times and at least the post man (watch out for a red car in the film) definitely hates him for that. Sorry, Paddy couldn't resist. However, Paddy never drove this road in a proper sports car. That's on his bucket list. Torr Road, in the direction of Derry, ends in Cushendall Road (A2) and if one follows this road, he ends up in Ballintoy. Ballintoy is a small village and civil parish in County Antrim. The village has a population of 165 people ‐ some say even less and it's maybe a death trap for tourists ‐ but at least three churches. The best known church is the white Ballintoy Parish Church, on a hill above the harbour.
Published on 21 March 2012 ‐ Duration: 19:55
Inishowen is a peninsula in County Donegal and has a 100 mile coastal route called Inis Eoghain '100'. Just follow all brown signs along the road and you can't miss it, can you? Team Paddy Murphy laid the groundwork for their successful rally career on exact that road! Paddy started at the most northerly point of Ireland, in Malin Head. After a few kilometres they passed a funeral procession as mentioned a few weeks ago. The tribute for Neils is part of this episode as well. The journey goes around the peninsula, the road and landscape differ quite a bit. For a start, Paddy drives through a town on a wide road and found himself in the middle of nowhere in the blink of an eye. On a small and narrow road and he has to look for tar between all the green ‐ well, maybe we're being a wee bit hyperbolic here. Paddy's tip of the day: Just drive as quickly as you can ‐ The faster you go, the less pot holes you'll hit. The key is to use the momentum generated by forward movement and sort of fly over the gaping maws that open in Irish roads. This way, you only hit every tenth pot hole, plus you can't read those irrelevant messages on the road. This episode is exceptional in that Paddy "Driver" Murphy and Paddy "Navigator" Murphy show up in person in the final scene.
Published on 14 March 2012 ‐ Duration: 09:50
In this episode Paddy tried to find out which disruptive force is necessary to stop him for good. He affronts dangers such as bridges or severe bends, braves the weather in all its forms (on the road to Pettigoe) and defies sheep on the road. So Paddy could not be stopped on his way to Port, a deserted village about 15km from Glencolmcille in County Donegal. Shortly before Port is a nice S-bend and Paddy could not resist to go back and forth trough that bend. However, what will happen will happen. A little screw stopped Paddy temporarily ‐ a tyre was punctured. Luckily Paddy could save himself and he reached a small garage in Kilcar (seriously, we're not making this up). The guys were very helpful and fixed the tyre in a jiffy.
Published on 07 March 2012 ‐ Duration: 09:57
In this first episode Paddy tells you everything you have to know about driving on Irish roads (and more). Some say traffic signs are sort of a recommendation ‐ but be careful! Paddy heard from a friend that the Irish have a database for foreign traffic offenders. Paddy "Driver" Murphy and Paddy "Navigator" Murphy met Paddy "Chef" Murphy in Doolin, County Clare and The Chef had a lot of maps of County Clare and The Burren. A deserted village was marked on one of those and Paddy decided to visit that place. Sure, what could possibly go wrong... Well, Paddy knew about Murphy's law, however that knowledge did not protect him. Everything that can go wrong, will go wrong. ‐ Paddy was driving a Renault Clio, The Chef called this car Renault Clitoris, because he taught that this is a pussy wagon (and he was right). ‐ At the beginning it was not that bad. The road was steep, had a few stones, but not a real problem for Paddy. But then the road became muddy and on top of hill Paddy stopped. He had to drive downhill and up on the next hill. The Navigator asked if The Driver would be able to do that. ‐ Sure, how hard can it be... Let's say it was not a brilliant idea to do that. Neither was it a splendid idea to turn the car in the meadow. Luckily a local farmer came for the rescue. And nearly crashed his tractor as well. After a few throwbacks they managed together to get the car out of its misery... Did Paddy learn anything from that experience? Who's to say...
However, Paddy's words of wisdom are: «The thing about Irish roads is that you'll never know what comes next after a hill or a bend. Just close your eyes, come and rely on the luck o' the Irish.» The soundtrack in the first part of this episode is from a band named Pigeons on the Gate. They are from from Winterthur and Bischofszell, started playing Irish traditional folk/rock in 2010 and listen to them live is just great craic!
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The thing about Irish roads is that you'll never know what comes next after a hill or a bend. Just close your eyes, come and rely on the luck o' the Irish.Paddy Murphy, 2012