Lesser Spotted Ulster visits Culdaff

Sean Beattie shows Joe the 10th century St Boden's Bell.
Sean Beattie shows Joe the 10th century St Boden's Bell.
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Joe Mahon visits the “charming” Inishowen village of Culdaff in TV show ‘Lesser Spotted Ulster’ next week.

While visiting the breath-taking bay of Culdaff, Joe learns more about the local legend of St. Boden including the stone in the Culdaff River which is reputed to be St Boden’s boat and relives his own harrowing experience in the same river.

Joe rings the bell of a 17th century church, built on the site of a medieval monastery, and discovers a unique gravestone with links to Gaelic speakers and hurling fans alike.

A visit to Culdaff House reveals the history of the Young family who owned Culdaff for many generations. Joe hears the story of the resourceful Olive Young, who became the first woman to own the estate and make drastic home improvements to the site.

And finally, Joe finds out about another remarkable Culdaff native, artist Willie Doran, whose impressive body of work includes an Irish scene carved out of turf.

Lesser Spotted Ulster airs on Friday 24th October at 8pm on UTV.

Viewers can join in the conversation by tweeting ‘@utv’ during the show using hashtag #LesserSpotted.