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Monday 12 February 2024

Embark on a Year-Long Journey with "The Chronicles Of Armagh" - An Intimate Portrait of Seasons and Stories

Prepare to be transported into the heart of Armagh's enchanting countryside as BBC Three unveils "The Chronicles Of Armagh," a captivating documentary narrated by the esteemed Armagh-born actor Colin Morgan. Filmed over the course of 12 months, this immersive series offers a rare glimpse into the lives of the residents of Armagh and its surrounding villages, where nature reigns supreme, and the rhythm of the seasons shapes daily existence.

Veronica Cunningham, Series Producer and Director at Waddell Media, shares her excitement about uncovering the hidden gems and untold human tales nestled within the picturesque landscape of Armagh. Each episode of the series chronicles a different season, starting with the vibrant rebirth of spring, weaving together narratives that celebrate the region's rich heritage and natural beauty.

In the debut episode, viewers are introduced to a cast of diverse characters whose lives intersect with the arrival of spring. From Estates Officer Shane Kelly monitoring climate data at Armagh's Observatory to the heartwarming tale of Kenny Gracey and Karen Christie training Cooley the rare breed bull for a movie role, each story offers a unique perspective on the season's renewal.

As the series progresses into the warmth of summer, audiences are treated to a visual feast of blossoming landscapes and bustling activities. Wildlife ranger Donald Whiteside and deer manager Neville Black embark on a "fawn" patrol, while archaeologists unearth ancient treasures at Navan Fort, offering a glimpse into Armagh's storied past.

Autumn brings a kaleidoscope of colors and a host of new adventures, from ranger Donald's vigilance during the rutting season at Gosford Forest Park to the Conroy family's poignant celebration of their son's memory amid the vibrant hues of Crannagael House's autumn harvest.

As winter descends upon the Orchard County, the landscape transforms into a winter wonderland, offering a stark contrast to the warmth and vibrancy of earlier seasons. Yet, amidst the cold and snow, the resilient spirit of Armagh's inhabitants shines through as they embrace the challenges of the season with grace and resilience.

"The Chronicles Of Armagh" promises to be a mesmerizing journey through the cycle of life, where the passage of time is marked by the ever-changing seasons and the enduring stories of the people who call Armagh home. Don't miss the premiere of this extraordinary series on BBC Three, offering a poignant reflection on the beauty of nature and the timeless rhythms of life.

Also available - Portrait of Armagh by Darren McLoughlin - https://amzn.to/3SUhcZk

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