Northern Ireland Snapshots | Local history and famous landmarks in the 1940s, 50s and 60s
CHANNEL | BBC Northern Ireland
RECORDED | circa 1960
DURATION | 2 minutes 35 seconds
A new road is being built between Downpatrick and Ballynahinch in County Down and the unbelieving civil engineers have removed a thorn tree that was blocking the route. Locals speak out about the heinous crime and the fate that will befall those who disrespect fairy traditions.
'Fairy trees' are usually hawthorn, oak or ash trees growing along roadsides and are regarded as especially significant if sited at crossroads. Traditionally, it was considered a profanation to destroy one of these trees or even remove a branch as they were believed to be the home of otherworldly creatures.
A tour around Belfast's 'palace of variety'.
Death and despair await those who interfere with an auspicious tree.
Treasures from around the world on display in Ballycastle.
The lending library that once housed a mummy.
New amenities bring relief to Bessbrook.
The unsavoury tale of a disgruntled social outcast.
A visit to the melancholic Bonamargy Friary and graveyard.
Are there fairies on the hillside?
Grizzly tales of executions at Downpatrick jail.
The story of the wicked Lady Alice and the castle she tried to steal.
What was King Billy's favourite drink?
'Chance encounters with old, forgotten things' at the auction house on Chichester Street.
One hundred years' worth of domestic appliances gathered in one kitchen.
The Antrim home of writer Alexander Irvine is restored.
The well-known Belfast thoroughfare prepares for Christmas.
How an ancient site near Cookstown is connected with the Stone of Scone and Dean Swift.
Wartime hospital sold off brick by brick.
The music festival is in full swing on a sunny day in Clones.
Scenic photographs from around the region.
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