Lesser Spotted Ulster: Cairncastle

Lesser Spotted Ulster: Cairncastle

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Cairncastle, Saint Patricks Church




Transmission 19/02/2002


23min 49sec







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In this episode of Lesser Spotted Ulster, Joe Mahon goes to the historic village, Cairncastle, County Antrim, and meets the locals to find out all the hidden treasures of the area.

Despite, being one of the first inhabited places on the island of Ireland, the landscape has "changed barely at all". This is the way farmer, Campbell Tweed, likes it, as he is the custodian of one of the oldest farms in Ireland which dates back to 5000BC "the dawn of agriculture in this country". Here, only sheep graze the grass, and stone house foundations of past farmhands litter the landscape. Next, Jack Robinson, takes Joe to a place he used to play as a child, which we soon find out is an underground chamber, where people many years in the past used to hide if there were invaders. 

Over in the centre of the village, is Saint Patricks Church, learn the tale of how this Spanish Sweet Chestnut came to grow in the graveyard - and the poem Jean Armstrong has written to romanticise it!


A Westway Production for UTV

Thanks to: Campbell Tweed, Jack Robinson, Alan Tweed, Jackie Acheson, Jean Armstrong and Paul Magill




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