McGilloway's Way: Looking Back Part 2

McGilloway's Way: Looking Back Part 2

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Bogey, Derry, Derry City, Donegal, Fanad Head, Letterkenny, Londonderry




Production 11/10/1994


25min 23sec







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This episode of McGilloway's Way features Derry City in

Co. Londonderry, Letterkenny, Bogey and Fanad Head all in County Donegal. The

footage begins in Derry City with scenic shots of a fresh water lake and all

the flora and fauna which surround it. The presenter makes the point that

normally, when discussion concerns the intersection between transportation

routes and the natural world, it tends to be focussed on the detrimental

effect that the former can have on the latter. However, in this case, the

railway embankment ended up being a good thing, as it has created a

'marvellous' safe habitat for the wildlife. 

Next, the viewer is brought to Letterkenny, where a

blacksmithing festival is taking place. McGilloway introduces Mike Crummie, a

blacksmith from the highlands of Scotland who has travelled over for the event.

Here, Crummie explains that the blacksmith's craft has been split into four

different sections. The first is the farrier who makes and looks after horse

shoes, the next is the artist blacksmiths, who specialise in

the decorative aspects of the craft, following this is

the agricultural blacksmith and, lastly, is the general blacksmith,

who has broad knowledge across all the sections.

Badgers are on the agenda next, with local man David Agnew

showing McGilloway the best places for sightings, followed by a discussion of a

badger's behaviour in their natural environment. To finish the programme,

Audrey Whittaker, explains the process of taking natural wool and spinning it

into yarn, before then dying it using a time-tested technique of boiling

lichen, which can be found on the rocks by the ocean. 


McGilloway's Way stands as a precursor to Lesser Spotted

Ulster with Joe Mahon.    

Oliver, or Olly McGilloway as he was widely known as, was

the presenter of McGilloway's Way. 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.


Presented by Oliver McGilloway.



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