Lesser Spotted Ulster: Banagher

Lesser Spotted Ulster: Banagher

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Banagher, Feeny, Sperrin Mountains, Sperrins





25min 17sec







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This episode of Lesser Spotted Ulster comes from Banagher. Only three miles southwest from Dungiven, Banagher is well known for its spectacular views, lush flora and shimmering waterfalls. Banagher Glen is designated as a Special Area of Conservation.

Take a walk through the steep wooded Banagher Glen to Altnaheglish Reservoir and further to Banagher Dam. Joe Mahon takes a tour of the dam in the hot and dry summer of 1995 and explores the grounds as well as history of the place.

Banagher Glen is one of the largest, least disturbed ancient oak woodlands in Ireland.  Ferns and mosses thrive along the river banks while oaks reach out to the steep cliffs above the Glenedra and Altnaheglish river. Joe meets the locals and learns about what life is like in these parts of the world while exploring the history and natural beauty of the area. As unlikely as it might sound, he even manages to fix himself a fry up on the road - quite literally.

It looks like the old saying might be right: ‘You can’t beat Banagher’


Legend has it that the very last snake in Ireland lives here. St Patrick was unable to drive this giant serpent out of the country so instead trapped it forever at this site.


Presented by Joe Mahon

Thanks to:

Jack McFarland
Brendan Kelly
Philomena Kelly
Catherine Kelly
James O’Kane
Ivor Canning
Bristow Stevenson
John Davis


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