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Ex-Friends star Matt takes Rolls on spin around Ring of Kerry

By Lorna Cooper

Published 16/04/2016

Former Friends star Matt LeBlanc has taken the wheel of the new Rolls-Royce Dawn and put it through its paces around Ireland's Ring of Kerry.

Viewers of the new series of Top Gear will see him driving around the scenic route in the luxurious convertible, also called a drophead.

The name Dawn was previously given to just 28 drophead models between 1950 and 1954.

Kerry Fine Gael politician Brendan Griffin praised the show's Irish adventures earlier this week, saying he was "delighted".

Mr Griffin revealed he had contacted the popular motoring show two years ago to invite them to film in Kerry and on the Wild Atlantic Way. "I believed that the landscape, the roads and the people would be a perfect fit for the programme," he said.

Meanwhile, LeBlanc and Top Gear co-host Chris Evans also dismissed rumours of a rift.

The presenters were reported to have fallen out over a stunt filmed at the Cenotaph war memorial for the revamped series.

Writing on Twitter, he said: "I'm at war with @achrisevans? That's funny, I thought we were pals."

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