McGilloway's Way: Shoe Men and Horses

McGilloway's Way: Shoe Men and Horses

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25min 10sec







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

This episode begins with a game of tossing horse shoes, were locals show McGilloway how to play, before he sets off to get taught how to make the shoe itself! The blacksmith can make four shoes within the half hour but this is a required skill as each shoe is made according to the horse as "each horse walks different".

Next, it's off to a horse auction where each horse gets to be inspected before the farmer bids on it. Attendees at the auction talk about how long they can expect to have use of a horse and the temperament of particular breeds.



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 broadcasted today.


A Northland Production for UTV

Presented by Oliver McGilloway 



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