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BBC One’s new Redwater: sail and stay with Irish Ferries

09 May 2017

Eastenders spin-off Redwater starts Thursday 18 May, at 8pm on BBC One. The six-part series follows Kat (Jessie Wallace) and Alfie (Shane Ritchie) to Ireland, where they rent a holiday cottage in the fictional village of Redwater while they trace Kat’s adopted son.

The real-life Redwater is the pretty seaside village of Dunmore East in County Waterford, and the Eastenders actors loved both the beauty of the location and the friendliness of the locals:

“It’s a little jewel that I’d never heard of,” says Jessie Wallace, “Every corner you turn there’s something beautiful, with stunning beaches, and the people here are so friendly and welcoming.”

“I hope when this goes out it will certainly put Dunmore East on the map!” says Shane Ritchie, who comes from a big Irish family himself. “Why I don’t come over more I don’t know, as it is literally a whisper away.”

Fans – of the programme or of Ireland’s beautiful scenery – can rent their own holiday cottage at Dunmore East as part of a package from Irish Ferries Holidays. The company features three clusters of holiday homes here.

Seacliff Holiday Homes sit on the cliff-top next to the golf course, just 650 metres from the sandy beach of Counsellors Strand. Forest Haven cottages are five minutes’ walk from Counsellors Strand and only 100 metres from the village centre. Fisherman’s Grove is quietly set 10 minutes’ walk from the village’s pubs and restaurants, and the same distance from the beach.

All offer modern, family-friendly self-catering at the same price - each with three bedrooms to sleep either five or six people. A week at May Half Term for a family of two adults and up to three children under 16 costs just £637 in total, with a peak August week on the same basis £948 – fantastic value!

Prices include return crossings with Irish Ferries for the family and car from either Pembroke to Rosslare (95kms from Dunmore East) or from Holyhead to Dublin (187kms drive).

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