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Great Irish Journeys with Martha Kearney
E2 of 4
Series 1 - Episode 2
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Kearney travels to Northern Ireland, a land rich in history – not all good, as she knows, having reported the Troubles in her early journalistic career.
It’s a sort of in-between place, once part of a Scottish kingdom and known as “West Scotland”, but fiercely, independently Irish – so much so that in the 17th century James I populated it with Protestants to oust the native Gaelic chieftains, sowing the seeds for centuries of unrest.
Rightly, though, Kearney focuses on the beauty of the place, which is plentiful; from the natural geometry of the Giant’s Causeway in Antrim, to Mussenden Temple in Londonderry, a classical folly of a library built on the very lip of a cliff, presiding over the sparkling seas below.
The broadcaster continues to trace the footsteps of 19th-century artist and geologist George Victor Du Noyer, who spent 35 years charting the landscape, people and buildings of Ireland. Martha travels north, taking in the extraordinary beauty of Dunluce Castle, and onwards to Mussenden Temple, pondering its unusual location. She also marvels at how Belfast was shaped by the Victorians, visits Kearney Point on the Ards Peninsula and journeys south to Dunmoe, which overlooks the site of the Battle of the Boyne.
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