Marie Louise checks our highest pub

Presenter Marie-Louise Muir outside The Ponderosa Bar.
Presenter Marie-Louise Muir outside The Ponderosa Bar.

A new BBC Radio Ulster Programme airing this Sunday, will take listeners on a journey through the history, heritage, life and landscape of Glenshane.

In this half-hour programme Derry born presenter Marie-Louise Muir takes listeners with her as she explores the forests, open moor and bog land surrounding the Glenshane mountain pass; whilst she visits ‘Ireland’s highest pub’, the Ponderosa Bar, first opened in 1858 standing 980 feet above sea level.

Marie Louise also meets with local men Jimmy McLaughlin and Willl Gribben who take her on a hike up to the ‘old coach road’.

Jimmy reveals the history behind the Glen of Shane, taking Marie-Louise to the summit of Carntogher Mountain to witness the stunning views across the Sperrin Mountains and Lough Foyle. Glenshane sheep farmer, Danny O’Kane, talks of the difficulties he faces moving his herd across the busy and modern new road, which was opened in 1967.

Listeners will get lost with Marie-Louise and Dungiven Parish members Eamon and Geraldine as they attempt to find a Mass rock and the source of the river Roe. Marie-Louise, also meets with weather and night sky photographer Martin McKenna; bus driver Ronan Ward, and Pauline Ross who share their memories of early journeys across the Pass.

A programme full of history and culture, Glenshane will air on Sunday 7th September at 1:05pm on BBC Ulster, 92-95FM, DAB digital radio, digital TV and online at