The real life location behind BBC Drama Redwater revealed

The Irish village Dunmore East, in County Waterford, is the impressive backdrop to the BBC’s Redwater.

“This is a new chapter for Dunmore East, and Waterford as a whole. We look forward to the many new visitors coming to our little village, who may be intrigued to discover the real Redwater. We loved having the cast and crew here for the summer. It brought a real air of excitement. My dog, Buttons, even managed to sneak into a few scenes!” – Clifden Foyle, proprietor of The Strand Inn hotel in Dunmore East

The beeb drama, which stars EastEnders’ Alfie and Kat Moon – actors Jessie Wallace and Shane Richie – will bring to viewers scenes shot around the coast of County Waterford. The Irish seaside village of Dunmore East, in the “Sunny South East” of Ireland, is the real-life filming location and backdrop of Redwater.

Washed by the Atlantic and at the meeting point of three great rivers, Waterford is Ireland’s hidden gem, an under-discovered destination for tourists and travellers.

Now Waterford, part of Ireland’s Ancient East, is about to get its prime-time moment with Redwater. Set in the gorgeous fishing village of Dunmore East, which has a population of only 1,559, the filming took place from May to July last year.

Many local businesses form the backdrop for the series. The Strand Inn was used as the centre of Redwater, featuring as five separate locations throughout the series, including a pub exterior, surf shop, and sushi bar. The nearby Spinnaker Bar and Restaurant was used for interior shots of a traditional Irish pub. The village’s pristine Blue Flag sandy beach will also appear extensively, as will the local Church of Ireland.

The cast, and up to 100 crew members, stayed in the village itself and the nearby Faithlegg House Hotel and Golf Club.

Waterford is home to the Copper Coast UNESCO Geopark, a 10.5 mile long stretch of coastline known for its panoramic bays, cliffs and coves. Opened this spring is the world-class Waterford Greenway. Ireland’s longest bike and trekking trail, it follows a historic railway line for 28.5 miles through some of the most stunning scenery in Ireland. It’s part of the EuroVelo network of Atlantic Coast cycle routes and one of the landmark adventure amenities of Ireland’s Ancient East.

“Here in Waterford, we have always thought there’s something special about this beautiful part of Ireland. We’re now delighted, thanks to the Redwater production, the rest of the world will see it too.” – Lar Power, Deputy Chief Executive of Waterford City and County Council

Redwater begins 18th May on BBC One.

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