Séaghan Ó Súilleabháin, best known as ‘The Kerry Cowboy’, is set to front a new seven-part travel series, alongside two other presenters, Louise Cantillon and Proinsias Ó Coinn, which will “transport us from our couches to a different destination each week”.
The fast-paced travel series, Téacs Taistil, in the words of award-winning film and TV production company, Macalla, provides a “captivating way to experience the world through an inspirational, fun and entertaining 50-minute escape”.
Three presenters, three days, three tasks. A different short break every week. What to pack? How to dress? Where are we going?
They will have 48 hours to answer all these questions and only cryptic text messages to guide them.
The Kerry Cowboy
That’s Farming editor, Catherina Cunnane, caught up with ‘The Kerry Cowboy’ who boasts 186,500 TiTok followers and 19,000 on Instagram, ahead of the first screening of Téacs Taistil, which begins on TG4 on Thursday, April 13th, 2023, at 9:30 pm and continues at the same time for seven weeks.
He told us:
“I reside on a dairy farm in the heart of County Kerry, and we are lucky to live in a scenic region with views of both the Sliabh Mis mountains and the Macgillycuddy Reeks.
There are 90 dairy cows on the farm, and we also keep lambs over the winter. It has been a tough spring this year with torrential rainfall causing cows to still be indoors much of the time and fodder becoming scarce.
As well as the livestock, we have three horses and, of course, my sheepdog, Braindí, who, funnily enough, got the ball rolling in terms of my career in the media.
Since my last interview with this publication, I still use social media regularly but have been so busy working on different television and radio projects as well as helping out at home over the last few months that it has been a struggle to find the time and motivation.
I love working with young people, especially when I am promoting and passing on the Irish language, but I decided to take this year out from teaching.
I still substitute now and again and will be teaching in a summer Gaeltacht college, but a few opportunities came my way that I would be a fool to pass up.
One of which was Téacs Taistil, a travel series produced by Macalla Teo. where myself and two other presenters got to travel Europe while competing in challenges.
The series is different from many travel shows people may have seen as we do not know where we are going until a day before, and even when we touch down in a country, we have no notion of what lies ahead.
The challenges were always a surprise and were often very random, but I thoroughly enjoyed filming the series.
Growing up on a farm, there were very few chances to do a bit of travelling, and my parents were extremely supportive, telling me to go and live my own life and not to be worrying about them at home.
The series is targeted at 18-35-year-olds but is very diverse, and there is something in there for everyone.
The first episode of Téacs Taistil, which is set in Split, Croatia, airs Thursday the 13th at 9.30 pm on TG4 and will be available on the Seinnteoir (player) afterwards.
I am very lucky to have been given a chance to feature in the series and hope the viewers at home will enjoy it.”