Series 26 Episode 9
The small town of Rathfriland in County Down has a really interesting history from its connection with the highwayman ‘Captain Moonlight’ to the infamous Hellfire Club and the town’s World War 2 remnants. Andy Mattison finds out more from local historian, Roy Ferguson.
Kist attends a launch of the BBC Ulster-Scots website in Donaghadee Library. The presentation includes information about the online resources; a talk by staff from the University of Ulster; and news of the BBC First Click campaign which aims to get new users ‘clicking’ with confidence.
To mark BBC’s ‘Wild Week Live’, Gary Blair reads an extract from “To A Sparrow”, written by the 19th century poet, Robert Dinsmoor.
Historian Roy Ferguson
The World War 2 pillbox in Rathfriland
Some of the audience members at Donaghadee Library
For more information about the John Hewitt Online Collection or the BBC First Click campaign - see links at top of page.
Reader Gary Blair with presenter Anne Morrison-Smyth
Booklet - The Ulster-Scots & New England
This booklet contains a potted history of the poet Robert Dinsmoor, who wrote the poem 'To a Sparrow' - which is read by Gary Blair on the show.
'The Ulster-Scots & New England' by Alister McReynolds is published by the Ulster-Scots Community Network. For more information see link at top of page.
The inspiration behind Robert Dinsmoor's poem - a sparrow