McGilloway's Way: Hidden Tyrone

McGilloway's Way: Hidden Tyrone

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Transmission 06/09/1992


25min 16sec







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Oliver McGilloway present's McGilloway's Way, a programme which celebrates the dramatic and beautiful landscapes surrounding Ulster. 

This episode is set in Creggan, Co. Tyrone "which is so familiar to its own people but keeps much from outsiders", despite the vast surroundings of big skies and empty spaces - evidence from the ice age - much remains hidden and under the peat in the ground. John, a local, shows McGilloway around some spots off the beaten track, like a burial place that has been untouched in the last 5,000 years. There however, is some sobering evidence of the Great Famine, with potato ridges still seen in the hills today. 

Next, McGilloway explores the woodland, where the floor is "like an oasis" with its multitude of organisms, which is only possible due to the small slither of light that comes through. But, even on the sunniest of days you would need a torch to see clearly in amongst the densely packed trees!


Oliver, or Olly McGilloway as he was widely known as, was the presenter of McGilloway's Way and was produced by Joe Mahon.  The series was unexpectedly cut short due to McGilloway's untimely death in 1994. The programme was relaunched as Lesser Spotted Ulster with Joe Mahon as presenter and continues to be broadcast today.


A Northland Films Ltd. Production 

Presented by Oliver McGilloway



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