Ulster Richer and Rarer

Ulster Richer and Rarer

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Annalong, Aughnacleagh, Ballygally, Ballynaskeagh, Bangor, Beaghmore, Beaghmore Stone Circles, Belleek, Carlingford, Clabby, Conlig, Cushendun, Donaghadee, Donaghcloney, Galboly, Glascar, Glasker, Glenariff, Glens of Antrim, Groomsport, Hare's Gap, Mourne Mountains, Portglenone, Sperrins, Waringstown





17min 08sec








British Film Institute, UTV

Rights Holder

Lord Wakehurst

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Dying crafts brought back to life in colour film. Take a privileged peek at scarce-seen parts of the province and the dying arts that sustain its people.

Probe Ulster’s byways to experience its traditions, from sculpting curbstones out of the Mourne cliffs to hand carving a shillelagh in the backyard. Meet one of the last surviving cottage weavers as disappearing skills are captured in glorious colour. Even the kelp making process is re-enacted from memory for the Governor’s camera. Prehistoric stone circles, archaic agricultural implements and the Brontë ancestral home, this film is full of curious sights. 



This film was made to mark the first birthday of Northern Ireland's first commercial TV station, Ulster Television. It is a companion piece to 'Ulster Rich and Rare', which had been broadcast the previous year as the station launched. Like its predecessor, Richer and Rare was shot and narrated by John de Vere. John de Vere, 2nd Baron Wakehurst was Governor of Northern Ireland from 1952-1964. Throughout his life he was a prolific filmmaker who used his privileged access to capture historic moments in glorious colour. Amongst the locations visited is Conlig, once the site of a thriving lead mine. The Conlig mine had been in operation from the mid-1800s, but by the early 1900s it was no longer commercially viable. One of the featured events is the Donkey Derby at  Clabby in Co. Fermanagh, a gathering that used to attract huge crowds. The winner that year was Rosslea Hero, owned by Edward Murray from Derryard and ridden by jockey John Fitzpatrick from Dernawilt.


Directed by John De Vere Loder

Narrated by Lord Wakehurst

Featuring Baroness Wakehurst / Mr Surginor

This film was digitised as part of the BFI's Unlocking Film Heritage project



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