McGilloway's Way: The Glens of Antrim

McGilloway's Way: The Glens of Antrim

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Antrim, Glendun, Lochareema, North Antrim




Transmission October 1991


25min 16sec







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This episode of McGilloway's Way features the Glens of Antrim, particularly exploring Glendun. Presented by Oliver McGilloway, the footage begins with scenic shots of the Glens' rolling hills and its flora and fauna before McGilloway engages local woman, Maggie McKillop, in a conversation while she fishes for salmon in the namesake River Dun. Here, there is an emphasis placed on the ruralness of the landscape and the bountiful amount of fish available. 

This conversation is preceded by an informal interview with local bird enthusiast Neville McKee who informs the viewer on the range of trees found within the Dun Woodland which was planted C.1840 with native species such as Oak, Hazel, Pine, Beech, Ash and Willow.  This interview touches on the issue of the changing landscape of Glendun with woodlands cleared for farming purposes. Another interviewee introduces the topic of folklore with the main subject being Loughareema, also known as 'The Vanishing Lake'. This lough sits upon a chalk bed and so rapidly drains whenever the peat becomes unplugged, locals have also taken to calling it the 'Dark Lake' with the audience told stories of disaster.

The subject of fox hunting to keep sheep and hens safe is touched upon, before ending with an interview with local artist Roy Gaston who draws inspiration from the Glens for his work and associates the area with 'magic'.

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

Produced and Directed by Denis Bradley 




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