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25/01/2014

Anne Marie McAleese with the people, places and stories that make Northern Ireland unique.

57 minutes

Last on

Sat 25 Jan 2014 08:05

The Story of Belfast Exhibition

The Story of Belfast Exhibition

The Belfast Story starts about 10,000 years ago when the ice age began to disappear leaving Lagan Valley pretty much in the shape it's in today.  The story of the years between then and now is being told in a new exhibition at the Falls Road Library.  Belfast Civic Trust Member Fergus Hanna Bell had more than a hand in pulling it altogether.

Gavin Bate Adventurer

Gavin Bate Adventurer

Up to the North Coast via the North Pole with reporter Ronan Lundy who catches up with adventurer and explorer Gavin Bate who is just back from the trip of a life time walking to the northernmost point on the planet.  Maybe all those years living in Coleraine toughened him up!

Orchard Signal Box

Orchard Signal Box

At Kilskeery County Tyrone there was once a major railway junction which networked trains to places like Omagh, Enniskillen, Fintona and Bundoran.  The line closed in 1957 and so it's all the more incredible that a signal cabin from that Bundoran Junction has just been discovered in an Orchard in Ballinamallard Co. Fermanagh. Railway enthusiast from Enniskillen, Selwyn Johnston is delighted as is David Crone from the Downpatrick and County Down Railway. 

If you have any memories of the Bundoran Junction, train travel in the good old days - get in touch, either with Headhunters Museum in Enniskillen or the Downpatrick and County Down Railway.

Hand feeding birds

Hand feeding birds

The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch is taking place today and tomorrow and resident YPAM birdwater Dot Blakely shows Anne Marie how to hand feed birds at one of the best places to do so - Oxford Island in County Armagh on the shores of Lough Neagh.

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Sperrintrekkers, Davagh Forest

Sperrintrekkers, Davagh Forest

Oughtmore, Loobnagapple, Wolfs Hill and the Widow Maker: great names and amazing places in the Sperrins at Davagh Forest where the winter SperrinTrek is happening on Sunday 26th January.  Mary Mckeown is Tourism Officer with Cookstown District Council and she tells us how to get involved.

Giro D’Italia 2014

Giro D’Italia 2014

Armagh man Stephen Gallagher has been involved in the opening stages of the prestigious Giro D’Italia race which is happening from Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th May this year.  The route goes through Antrim, Ballymena, Bushmills, the Causeway Coast from Cushendall to Larne, Whitehead, Carrickfergus and then from Armagh to Dublin City Centre.

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