County Mayo is the birthplace of Michael's grandfather. He drives to Achill Island to follow the life of Grainuaile (Grace O Malley - The Pirate Queen). From there it's on to Westport House, a gorgeous mansion built on the site of the Pirate Queen's former castle. The trail leads across the wild coast of Achill to discuss peat-harvesting on this boggy isle, tales of maritime legends, and to hear the slow airs of Joanie Madden. Michael stops at the North Mayo Genealogy Center at Enniscoe outside the... [see more] town of Ballina to learn about his ancestry, and sings a song that was popular in Ireland during the time his great grandfather lived in Mayo.
Travel across Ireland with internationally renowned singer Michael Londra in a celebration of Irish culture, history, and music. Combining glorious video footage from the Emerald Isle, fascinating travel destinations, exciting cultural experiences, and performances from Irish stars, Ireland with Michael allows you to tour Ireland from your own home. Ireland with Michael takes viewers to intriguing Irish destinations where they'll learn about Irish history, meet local artisans, experience small-town pubs and food, and enjoy VIP access to unique musical and cultural experiences. Using performances with public television favorites like Celtic Thunder's Ryan Kelly and Celtic Woman's Chloe Agnew, chats with New York Times best selling author Eoin Colfer (Artemis Fowl), platinum artist Nathan Carter, traditional Irish music legends, Beoga and many more, Michael takes the viewer on an Irish adventure the only way he knows how; through music, song and dance.