Monday, 22 August 2016

Causeway Coast and Glens - Under and Over the Boardwalk

Winter storms and turbulent seas can wreak havoc. The restoration of the Pans Rock footbridge at Ballycastle highlights what needs to be done at Cushendun where the walk-way down onto the strand has been out of use for a considerable time. Perhaps the relevant responsible body can provide a remedy.

Pans Rock, Ballycastle


Thursday, 18 August 2016

Song - Old Bushmills

The following emigrant-style song was written down in 1939 by Uel Kane of Ballytaggart, a townland that lies a few miles east of Ballymoney, County Antrim:

Old Bushmills

There's a dear little spot far away o'er the sea
And bright in my memory fore'er it will be
Like a baby when sleeping, all smiling serene
And of all Erin's beauties, I call her the Queen

Tho' I may be far over the sea
On whatever fate wills
Yet near to my heart
Will be dear old Bushmills

On the banks of the Bush water* all smiling she stands
And though you may wander in far distant lands
You will all join with me, boys, and stick to the truth
In praising that town on the banks of the Bush

The fame of the Causeway is known far and near
While Carrick-a rede to the tourist is dear
And the Lakes of Killarney and Wicklow's high hills
But to me they seem common compared with Bushmills

Though never again may I see her sweet face
Yet in my bosom I'll keep her, the cosiest place
And when I am weary with cares or with ills
Sure it will banish them all when I think of Bushmills

An almost identical version of the song appears on the website. It's attributed to 'Northern Constitution, Coleraine Songs of the People 375 edited by Willie Devine', is titled "Dear Old Bushmills" and has a different final line:

I will banish them all with a drop of Bushmills.

* Bush Water is an earlier name for the river that meanders through the town.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Zoo the Film - Based on a true story from Belfast in WWII

Young Extras Needed

ZOO THE FILM - Indiegogo pitch from Wee Buns Films on Vimeo

July 18 post

I understand some of the film locations will be in Northern Ireland.

Causeway Coast and Glens - Busy Day at the Dark Hedges

The ever increasing popularity of the Dark Hedges is placing an intolerable burden on the frail elderly trees which form a natural archway over the Bregagh Road, a few miles east of Ballymoney. I've put together a short slideshow based on some of Bob McCallion's very informative photos. All but one of the photos was taken on Thursday, August 11.

Pressure has been building for a number of years but the relevant authorities have been slow to arrive at a solution which would provide a measure of respite.

The Department for Infrastructure in the Northern Ireland Executive has recently announced:

"Following discussions with Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and other interested parties, the department has agreed to take forward an order prohibiting vehicles using Bregagh Road."

The department has proposed banning vehicles. Plans are still only in the early stages of consultation.

Meanwhile Tourism Ireland continues to promote this Game of Thrones location so the coaches and other vehicles are likely to roll relentlessly onwards.