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Northern Ireland

Claire McCollum is on the north coast of her home of Northern Ireland looking back on memorable faith stories from across the region. Filmed before restrictions.

Claire McCollum shares her love of her home of Northern Ireland by looking back on some of Songs of Praise’s best faith stories from across the region. She revisits the time she spent with a Christian geologist at the spectacular Giant’s Causeway, and when she met a former professional footballer who was called to the priesthood. There is also another chance to see when Katherine Jenkins found out about thriving faith in the historic Titanic Quarter in Belfast, and when JB Gill took to two wheels cycling in Antrim with a group of Christian bikers. With hymns, old and new, recorded across Northern Ireland before the current restrictions.

34 minutes


Giant’s Causeway
Another chance to see when Claire visited the iconic Giant’s Causeway – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. She speaks to a local geologist who explains how the remarkable interlocking columns of rock were formed, and how he marries his science with a deep faith in a creator God.  Website link for more information: 

Cycling for Christ
Watch again when JB Gill took a ride around the stunning Strangford Lough in County Down with a Christian cycling group. He’s put through his paces on the narrow countryside roads and finds out from the team leader how cycling brings them closer to God. Website link for more information:

Pro-footballer to Priest
We revisit when Claire met Philip Mulryne who left professional football behind to become a Catholic Priest. Philip fulfilled the dream of many a youngster in Northern Ireland by being signed up to Manchester United as a teenager. He tells Claire about his journey to finding fulfilment in the Christian faith which led him to the Priesthood and even a vow of poverty.

Dock Café in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter
Another chance to see when Katherine visited a café in Belfast where people only pay what they want, and where ‘loving thy neighbour’ is fully put into practice. She chats to café workers about how the biblical message of compassion and welcome is key to how they serve others. Website link for more information:


Role Contributor
Presenter Claire McCollum
Actor Katherine Jenkins
Presenter JB Gill
Executive Producer Cat Lewis
Executive Producer Emyr Afan
Series Producer Matthew Napier
Producer Jessie Bland
Production Company Avanti Media


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