Ireland’s favorite astronaut, the retired Commander Chris Hadfield of Canada, appears in four videos just released by Tourism Ireland.
The former International Space Station commander gave Ireland quite the intra-galactic shout-out in 2013, tweeting photos of the Emerald Isle from space and filming a zero-gravity rendition of Danny Boy on St. Patrick’s Day.
In January, it was announced that he would become a Tourism Ambassador for Ireland, a service he gave free of charge. With his wife, Helene, and a camera crew, he traveled throughout the island for five days, visiting key attractions such as the Wild Atlantic Way, Dublin and the Guinness Storehouse, and Belfast’s Titanic Quarter.
“I don‘t think you have to be from somewhere to appreciate it and maybe a stranger’s set of eyes will help other people see it even better. I’m just delighted, I don’t exaggerate my role at all. I’m happy to meet as many people as possible over the next few days,” he said when his new role was announced.
This was not Hadfield’s first time visiting Ireland – his daughter, Kristin, is a in the Psychology Ph.D program at Trinity College, Dublin.
Check out Hadfield’s Astronaut’s Guide to Ireland videos below.
The Wild Atlantic Way and a brief Irish lesson:
Dublin and the Guinness Storehouse:
Learning the art of hurling:
The Titanic Quarter, Belfast