Bradley's bar in Desertmartin near Magherafelt
has been there for 400 years. The YPAM radio and web
team joined the regulars of Bradley's bar in 2006 to
record a St. Patrick's 'special' Some of the atmosphere
of the evening was captured on video for you.
Musicians young and old provided wonderful entertainment
all night and the 'craic' was good.
Cormac Bourke - curator of mediaeval
Antiquities Ulster Museum discusses the relevance of
St. Patrick to the locality.
and Hugh Bradley, owner of the bar
explains that centuries ago if you wanted to own a pub
you also had to have a brewery, but in order to have
a brewery you also had to have a well. This was known
as a 'Brewery well'.
Armagh vs Down - who owns St.
A not too serious but 'factual'
background on St. Patrick - BBC
Entertaining facts, games and
e-cards etc. are all here - BBC
NI St.Patrick's day pages.
In depth background and history
Saint Patrick's Centre, Downpatrick
Interested in seeing around Armagh?
The website of - Armagh
Armagh City - Geographica.com
Want to know more about Navan
& Heritage webpages.
Where to go in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland Website
(The BBC is not responsible
for content of external websites)
Gareth McGreevy - Feb
John I completely agree. I am an avid Scór fan and was over the moon to
see Niamh eventually get the well deserved title - singing Raglan Road! A true
credit to club and county. Wishing you the best of luck Niamh and all representatives
from Ulster but especially Niamh and Castlewellan Instrumental, An Dún!
John - Feb '08
Niamh was great then, but she's brilliant now. She
has gone on to hold the Derry county solo singing title
at scor na nog for the past three years, and has just
taken the provincial title as well.
We wish Niamh all the best for the forthcoming all-Ireland
contest at Athlone in February.
John and family
Anil - Jan '08
Is there anyone out there can help me get to hear "Glenelly
My Home"? So much appreciated. Thanks.
Niamh Mc Glinchey & Una Mc Gill -
This is niamh and una here. In school at the minute.
the website is great. It was such a enjoyable night
an thanks a million for inviting me to sing. Hope you
all have fantastic ST Patricks Day. xxx
Una and Sarah - Mar '07
Omg!!! Niamh is our friend!!!whoooooooo...go niamh....shes
got even better dats when she was only 14!!!we luv u
Hugh Bradley - April
What an honour and pleasure it was to host the St. Patricks
Day edition of YPAM! This is now being accepted as one
of the best ever programmes in this increasingly popular
series. So much so that the whole ‘story’
may well be repeated over the air later this year. The
perspicacity of John Gregg in choosing this small bar
and the skill of his co-presenters, Paddy O Flaherty,
Michael McNamee and Helen Mark combined to convey the
warmth and homeliness (as well as the humour) of the
Irish Country scene to a multitude of listeners (and
viewers) at home and overseas.
Many listeners asked for more information on our famous
mathematical ceiling to which I alluded briefly on the
programme. As I said this is based on a certain mathematical
entity called an Icosahedron which can best be imagined
as a football with 20 identical flat panels each triangular
You can generate a model of the ceiling by using three
postcards. Draw a line on each card joining the centres
of the two short sides. Push card no.1 through the middle
portion of this line on card no.2, and similarly push
card no.3 through card no.2, so that all three cards
finish up at right angles to each other. Then photograph
the model and you have it!
Loughinsholin was well described but we had no one to
sing the famous song of that name which describes the
fate of Willie Lennox who was drowned in the Lough many
Can I finish by quoting the key verse of the song?
“Young Lennox stepped forward and in he did go,
He swam to the island, it proved his o’erthrow.
He swam the Lough over, he swam it twice round,
And’ twas at the third turning, young Lennox went
The whole song can be got by e-mailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Geordy Austin - March
I sat in Syracuse NY and watched this on my computer.
It was brilliant as they say back home.While many of
our established Irish folk groups are wonderful. Bradleys
was real, pure refreshing and traditional. Go Raibh
Niamh McGlinchey - March
Hello everybody. My name is Niamh Mc Glinchey I'm 14
and I'm from Lavey. I sang the Isle Of Innisfree in
Bradley's bar in Desertmartin the ST Patricks Special
of YPAM. I'd like to thank everyone for their nice comments
and I am glad you all enjoyed listening to it!
May Kelly(nee McCrystal) -
I would like
to express my warm appreciation for the episode of the
show from Bradley's Bar last week. It was a walk down
"Memory Lane" for me.
I came to Canada in 1965 from Desertmartin. Bradleys
has been a very familiar spot to me from my earliest
days.I passed it every day when I went to Knocknagin
school. It always was a place of hospitality, good for
a drink of tea or a mineral if one stopped in...too
young for anything stronger in those days!! My husband
and I always stop in for a visit during our trips to
Ireland and are welcomed by the same warm hospitality
from Hugh, Kathleen and their family.
The show was well organized with just the right mix
of song and story. I had never heard the song about
the Glenelly Valley before. My husband's great grandfather
was born on the other side of the valley. The Famine
forced his parents to bring their family to Canada,
to the area close to Hamilton, where they made a new
life for themselves.
We were so pleased to be able to hear the show on Radio
Ulster and to view the video clip. It is special to
those of us who left part of our hearts in the land
of our birth and/or our heritage. We hope that we will
hear other shows of your series from Bradleys. Thanks
- March '06
Please please please let us hear more of that young
girl singing Isle of Inisfree. It made the hairs on
the back of my neck stand up!! Someone please tell Gerry
Anderson about this beautiful singer.
YPAM Editor responds :
Patsy Devine - March
I must congratulate the producer and presenters of the
St. Parrick's Day special programme " Your place
and mine". It was the best and most enjoyable programme
so far of your excellent series. Having lived in the
Glenelly Valley and attended Barnes School for 5 years
I appreciated the rendering of Glenelly My Home..a favourite
of my late mother. The stories, yarns and music was
Keep up the good work and please return again to the
Sperrin region..especially to the Glenelly Valley and
the Aughabrack region just over the mountains from Glenelly..the
present home of Sam McGUIRE .
Up Tyrone and Clann Na Gael..............
Gareth McGreevy, An Dún
- Feb '08
John I completely agree. I am an avid Scór fan
and was over the moon to see Niamh eventually get the
well deserved title singing raglan road! A true credit
to club and county. Wishin u the best of luck Niamh
and all representatives from ulster but especially Niamh
and Castlewellan Instrumental, An Dún!
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