John Toal is back on our screens and on the road again for the second series of Croí Uladh le John Toal, starting Monday, 12 April at 10pm on BBC Two Northern Ireland.
John sets off around Ulster in search of the stories and the characters that make this place so special.
In the shadow of Errigal mountain John takes to the back roads of Donegal – meeting the team behind Donegal Rally stalwart Gavin Kelly. John tests his skill as a co-driver and his nerve in the passenger seat as Gavin test-runs his car in the isolated splendour of Cashelnagor.
Dropping several gears John heads east to Co. Down to find out more about an unusual stone carving in Greyabbey – Seán na Gig. Unsure about the wisdom of handing over his DNA to a company to find out more about his ancestry, John meets scientist Stephen Carson in Queen’s University to get his opinion.
The West Belfast Coolers Running Club is all about encouragement and fun. John meets the cheerful and inspirational club members who persuade him to give it a go. John gets further advice and encouragement from Olympian, Mary Peters.
John also meets the impressive team at The Assisi Animal Sanctuary who care for and rehome rescued animals. He talks to some of the happy owners and meets their very special rescue dogs, including a wee dog with a big heart, Henry Wee Wheels who has become a local celebrity in his custom-made wheelchair.
John then takes a trip down memory lane as he travels back to Arranmore, where he learnt Irish as a teenager. John is treated to a musical performance from the Arranmore Pipe Band on the beach and meets some familiar faces.
From a music lesson on the harp to fishing and singing for his supper, upcycling jewellery and re-creating the magic of Elvis, John goes to the heart of Ulster in the new series of Croí Uladh le John Toal.