Lesser Spotted Ulster: MacNean

Lesser Spotted Ulster: MacNean

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Belcoo, Blacklion, Holywell, Lough MacNean






25min 28sec







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Joe Mahon is in southwest of Fermanagh. First, we’ll have a look at Lough MacNean, a large freshwater lake on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Somewhere in the middle of it three counties meet - Cavan, Fermanagh and Leitrim. Lower Lough MacNean the smaller eastern lake, is wholly within County Fermanagh. Upper Lough MacNean, the larger western lake, is split between Fermanagh, County Cavan and County Leitrim. On the strip of land between the two lakes are the villages of Belcoo (Fermanagh) and Blacklion (Cavan).

Joe Mahon visits a local farmer and tries out his traditional methods while enjoying the wonderful landscape that surrounds the lough. We will also get a taster of what it’s like to be in an old pagan sweathouse. Having enjoyed the beauty of the world above, Joe ventures downwards into the mysterious world of limestone caves, stalagmites and stalactites.

Such unique way of exploring local histories would not be possible without the local people and their wisdom, warmth and wit.



Presented by Joe Mahon

Thanks to: 

Gaby Burns
Dr. Don Cotton
Pam Fogg
Harold Johnston
Ignatius Maguire
Margaret Galagher
Anita Galagher
Peter and Terry Catterall


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