The Ulster Way: For a Fistful of Stories

The Ulster Way: For a Fistful of Stories

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Details

Location

Ballycastle, Glens of Antrim

Year

1987

Date

Transmission 01/06/1987

Length

26min 17sec

Audio

sound

Format

1 inch

colour

Source

Digitised as part of the UTV Archive Partnership Project (ITV, Northern Ireland Screen and PRONI)

Courtesy

Department for Communities, ITV, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

Rights Holder

ITV

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Description

This episode we find Michael Duffy strolling through the Antrim countryside, meeting local people and hearing their stories. His aim, to see the "countryside through the eyes of the people who live the Ulster way". 

Beginning in the Glens of Antrim, the viewer is welcomed to the McBride family farm. Speaking first, Mr McBride 'Senior' who chats about the long standing tradition of farmers making their own alcohol to earn additional income. This brings about the next topic of conversation, how the current family are supplementing their farm income.

Patsy McBride discusses the necessary expansion of services - pony trekking has proven incredibly popular. Another possible venture is the development of a tourist fishing plot, complete with picnic benches and a BBQ area. This is all of the upmost importance, as Patsy tells us, "if we don't develop part of our land... we won't be able to be employed here, either my brother or, myself, (we) will have to leave."

Leaving the Glens behind, and travelling to the seaside town of Ballycastle during the Lammas fair, we meet Linda Ballard, a local historian interested in oral history. Stories of folklore are shared and Rathlin Island native, Jim McCall, recounts how long he has been coming to the fair. Cahal Dallat explains the origins of the fair, tracing it back to 1606, and speaks about the excitement it provided for young farmers.

Concluding the programme is Sam Stevenson, a fiddler who demonstrates the difference between a Scottish and an Irish tune. 

Notes

Executive producer: Derek Murray

Producer/Director: Richard Mayhew-Smith

A Ulster Television production

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