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Episode 12

27 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 21 June 2008

Charlie Gillen travels around his own part of north Antrim along with three old friends.

  • Series 17 Programme 12

    In a special edition of 'Kist' Charlie Gillen travels around his own part of north Antrim along with three old friends.

    His fellow Antrim man Charlie Reynolds makes up the other half of the 'Twa Charlies', while over from Co Down for the day are the 'Twa Wulls', Willie Cromie and Will McAvoy.

    The four friends meet by the River Bush, at the Walk Mills, where the power of the river once made electricity for the Causeway Tram.

    But the crack turns to the Isle of Man, and a voyage across in an open boat, and to barrel-loads of Bush salmon, that might, or might just not, have been caught legally.

    'It's no ill tae dry' says Will, while Charlie begins footing and castlelling, and as they look around, the friends agree that 'there's money in a gullion hole', but when a 'modren rodden' is the only way in, Charlie Reynolds feels the old days were best. But exactly where are the four friends?

    To end their visit, Charlie takes his friends to a wee house that offers a step back in time, full as it is of things from days long ago. As the four look at the patchwork quilt, the delft dogs, the box iron, the tilly lamp, weans' sarks, crocks and churns, along with a bruiser for champ, and a creepie stool, the talk flies back across the years. But just where is the po? And what did the weechil say to the minister at bedtime?

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