Lesser Spotted Ulster: Magilligan

Lesser Spotted Ulster: Magilligan

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Binevenagh, Lough Foyle, Magilligan, Magilligan Point, Magilligan Strand




Transmission 03/04/1995


25min 22sec







Digitised as part of the UTV Archive Partnership Project (ITV, Northern Ireland Screen and PRONI)


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Magilligan is an area of both historic and conservational significance. The peninsula lies in the northwest of County Derry, at the entrance to Lough Foyle and at the foot of one of the most recognizable landmarks in the country, Binevenagh. Joe Mahon heads to the shifting shorelines near Magilligan Point, the tip of the largest sand dune systems in the British Isles. The way the coastline constantly changes has generated a lot of interest and is one of the main reasons why the site has been declared a nature reserve. Joe also visits the Martello Tower, a great example of the small defensive forts of the early 19th century and the only one of its kind in Northern Ireland.

It is not only the natural beauty of the area that gives the place it's character. Joe meets the locals who share their memories of times past, work and everyday life. Joining Sarah and Mary in their electricity free thatched roof house, Joe gets to listen as they recall their smuggling exploits back in the day.


Presented by Joe Mahon

Thanks to:
Darryl Stanley
Sarah McPoyle
Mary McPoyle
Willie Cooke
Power Clyde
Gerry Bond


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