Last weekends trip to County Down allowed us to record 4 fantastic podcasts.  We both travelled across the country from west to east to record an episode of The Writers Passage with Tommy Sands and while we were there and boosted by a relaxing  time aided and abetted by the friendly staff at The Canal Court Hotel in Newry, we had a wonderful stay kindly provided by The Northern Ireland Tourist Board, we also recorded interviews and performances with Tommy as well as his brothers Ben and Colum.  We are not sure how much influence The NITB have on things but the sun was a constant companion to us as it shimmered on the surface of Carlingford Lough reflecting the majesty of both The Cooley Peninsula and The Mountains of Mourne as we made our journeys from Newry to Rostrevor and back.  We will be bringing these amazing recordings to you over the coming days but we start with an interview with Tommy which you can enjoy by clicking here.

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