The creators of Damo and Ivor, Andy and Jules took one of our motorhomes for the week and here’s what they got up to.
So we set off last week in our fantastic Celtic Campervan for a trip around Ireland to see the sites and work on our scripts for series 2 of our TV show ‘Damo & Ivor’. When we first came up with the idea to rock around Ireland in a campervan my first thought was ‘how will I wash my hair?!’ whereas Andy was thinking ‘I wonder if reverse on the gear stick is up or down?’ Well we had nothing to worry about as the campervan has a shower with hot water and reverse on the gear stick is up to the left incase you’re wondering.
We collected the van from Celtic Campervans and the lovely Stephen Bradshaw gave us a full tour and showed us how to use everything in it. It was way bigger in size than we’d even imagined and is kitted out with everything you’d need, a double bed, 2 single beds in bunks, table and seating area, wardrobe, gas grill and cooker, sink, toilet, shower, fridge and heater, pretty much a full gaff on wheels. We hit the road with our Riverdance CD blaring away and headed to Co.Clare. Once we had looked up the campsite guide book Stephen gave us we were sorted as it pinpoints all the places to stay over night. So we chose Doolin as our first port of call. The campsites are great as they have an electrical point there that you hook up to so you can get additional power supply, they also have showers, toilets, kitchens, a mini shop and wifi etc. You get most of that on the campervan, but it’s still nice to have it there on your doorstep.
The wind in Doolin was like your Grandad after 10 pints of Guinness and a bowl of Brussels sprouts. It was just the time of year though that made it feel like being on the deck of the ship on Deadliest Catch. The next day we went to visit the Cliffs of Moher which are beautiful, if you’ve seen a postcard you’ll know they’re pretty much cliffs, but the gift shop there is printing money from the bus loads of yanks coming to see them.
We also visited the Birds of Prey centre at the Aillwee Caves. This was the highlight of the trip. We went on a hawk walk with a falconer named James and he took us out with two hawks called Juan and Sinead and we put on the deadly leather glove thingy and the birds were let off and called back to land on our hands so we could feed them. James is like a hawk whisperer and we were like two school kids asking him questions as we found them so fascinating. We also saw the birds of prey show and got to hold some other hawks and an owl. As part of your ticket you get admittance into the Aillwee Caves so we decided to have a look. Our tour guide was as much of a drip as the stalactites in the cave. The caves themselves are pretty shite, you’d have the same experience crawling through your own attic at home.
Next we headed off to Kerry and stayed in a campsite in Tralee, no wind there thank God. We drove the Ring of Kerry which was spectacular and great fun in the campervan as we were sitting up at a height and could see all the amazing scenery. We then moved on to Killarney and had a great night on the lash in the town with some mad Kerry lads we met in a pub who recognised Andy from the telly. Seriously sore heads the next day. We did some more driving around Kerry as the beautiful sights are all around and then headed back to Dublin. The campervan experience was truly epic and we’d highly recommend it. You have everything you need on wheels and it’s really comfortable to live and cook in.
Next time we’re going to a festival the campervan is coming with for sure! Thanks Celtic Campervans for looking after us, we got loads of script-writing done and the craic was ninety! We’re very happy campers!
Here’s footage of the amazing adventure - The West of Ireland meets Damo and Ivor