The screening marks the Waterford seaside village’s starring role in the new six-part primetime series, a BBC production in association with RTÉ, with many local people involved in the production, both as crew and extras.
Filming in Dunmore East, which has a population of 1,559, took place from May to July last year.
The fictional Redwater village centres around Dunmore East’s The Strand Inn. The local hotel will feature as five separate locations throughout the series – a tourism office, pub exterior, surf shop, restaurant and sushi bar. The nearby Spinnaker Bar and Restaurant was used for pub interior shots. The village’s Blue Flag beach will also appear extensively as will the local Church of Ireland.
Lar Power, Deputy Chief Executive of Waterford City and County Council, commented: “Here in Waterford, we have always thought there’s something special about this beautiful part of the country. We’re now delighted, thanks to the Redwater production, the rest of the world will see it too.”
Clifden Foyle, proprietor of The Strand Inn, added: “It is our hope that, much like Broadchurch and Dorset, Redwater will galvanise tourism, not just in Dunmore East, but Waterford as a whole.”
The cast, and up to 100 crew members, stayed in the village itself and the nearby Faithlegg House Hotel and Golf Club.
Waterford City and County Council anticipate that the airing of Redwater will bring an increase in visitors to the area, building on the recent success of the newly-launched Waterford Greenway. Stretching from Waterford City to Dungarvan, the scenic 46km off-road cycling and walking trail is the longest in Ireland.
Part of Ireland’s Ancient East experience, Waterford is also home to the Copper Coast UNESCO Geopark, a 17km long stretch of coastline known for its panoramic bays, cliffs and coves. Redwater airs Sundays on RTÉ One at 9.30pm and Thursdays on BBC One.
For more information on Waterford and Dunmore East, visit www.visitwaterford.com