McGilloway's Way: The Foyle in Spring

McGilloway's Way: The Foyle in Spring

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River Foyle




Transmission 08/09/1992


25min 06sec







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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 by the vast River Foyle, which stretches through three counties, Derry, Tyrone and Donegal. Stretching 30miles it consists of river and lough with eventually the Foyle feeding into the Atlantic Ocean. Throughout the journey from stream to sea, the Foyle supports an abundance of wildlife and vegetation, who can be found within the waters and surrounding it. Herby, a local, meets McGilloway at the highest point of the river, Porthall, and explains the rich history of the area. 

Later on, we meet some lively pheasants, and their breeder, who talks to McGilloway about the ideal time to release game birds for the shooting clubs and how long he's been in this business, making McGilloway question "is there no affection between you and the pheasant?".


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 Production 

Presented by Oliver McGilloway



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