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Programme 1

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 04 September 2005

We visit a film-set in Down, there’s music from Ian F Benzie and we hear about two giants.

  • Series 9 Programme 1

    We hear an excerpt from The Giant’s Causeway Project featuring Benandonner, the Scottish giant and Finn MacCool, his Ulster rival. The project is an animated DVD and book by Whitehead-based children’s author, illustrator and graphic designer, Stephen Hall. Stephen has made up new characters to go along with the two famous giants - including Finn’s wife and cat - and has produced the DVD in five different languages including an Ulster-Scots version voiced by Ian James Parsley. Stephen chats to Liam about his Ulster-Scots roots and tells him about the project. Find out more at

    There’s music from Ian F Benzie with his cool jazz version of ‘Give me a lass with a lump of land’ taken from his CD, ‘I’se the Bye’. We hear an extract from James Orr’s Donegore Hill: Orr will be studied as part of a new course at Queen’s University called ‘Poets of Liberty, Love and Life’. Course organiser, Dr Carol Baraniuk, tells Liam about her interest in Thomson, Orr and Campbell who were influenced by Scots poets of the 18th century who wrote in their own vernacular style.

    Staying with the spirit of 1798 and the Battle of Saintfield when the rebels beat the Crown forces (the only rebel victory in the North), Liam is in Saintfield hearing about a new documentary film being made about the local battle. Director, Vivien Hewitt of Lynx Productions, tells him about the project and the re-enactment. Damien McDaid plays one of the rebels, Colonel Fraser, and he discusses his part; and Jack Templeton who plays Colonel Stapleton mourns his losses on the battlefield! The North Irish Dragoons Re-enactment Society from Doagh are also present and Brian Dawson talks about their involvement in the production. York Island Arts & Heritage Association play a key role and Liam chats to David McMaster who takes on the part of Reverend Robert Leslie Birch. We wind up at York Island itself to pay our respects to those who fought here so long ago.


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