McGilloway's Way: The Lower Bann

McGilloway's Way: The Lower Bann

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Antrim, Coleraine, Lower Bann, Movanagher, River Bann




Transmission 13/09/1994


25min 14sec







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This episode of McGilloway's Way features the Lower Bann and the surrounding area. Presented by Oliver McGilloway, the footage begins with scenic shots of wildlife that occur beside and in the river. The River Bann is the longest river in Northern Ireland with the lower end of the Bann being forty miles long, running from Lough Neagh at Toome to the Atlantic Ocean at Barmouth; it is also a prime salmon fishery and famous for its silver eels. Brian Carrothers, who lives in Movanagher and manages the gates lock in the canal, is introduced to the audience, and proceeds to inform McGilloway about what is involved with his job. 

Currently the Lower Bann is utilised more for recreational use, or 'leisure traffic' with the only commercial port being found in Coleraine. However, the Lower Bann was built with commercial purposes in mind and played a large part in the industrialisation of Northern Ireland. Next being interviewed is Maurice Henry, who speaks about the eel fishery and how it's a tradition that has been going on 'for hundreds of years'. Also seen within the footage is Joey King, a local farmer living alongside the Bann. The episode ends with an enthusiastic bird watcher who points out various species of birds that frequent the Bann.

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.

There are six major rivers which contribute to the lower Bann, these being, the Clady River, the Grillagh River, the Agivey River, the Macosquinn River, the Ballymoney River and the Articlave River.


Presented by Oliver McGilloway.



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