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Muintir na Mara Galway

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Muin boatThis weeks episode of Muintir na Mara sees Pádraig Ó’ Duinnn continue his journey of the Galway coast.  RTE 28th July 10:30 am. Pádraig visits  Brian Ó Carra who shows him the traces of the recently discovered ‘drowned bog’ on the beach in Bearna. Brian  shows Pádraig where they discovered evidence of fresh water lakes and bog under the sand. Most exciting was the day  they  dug up an ancient canoe. Padraig then travels to what was an abandoned 17th century village near  Spiddal that has been transformed into a cultural retreat by Dearbhaill Standún and her husband Charlie Troy. Concsuain has won an intetrnational award for its uniqueness in fostering traditional Conamara traditions. We later meet Jim Horgan who set up Bádóirí Lurgan who as well as running the community boatclub also  teach the art of the shipwright to young people. Members learn  how to sail and how to build their own boats. Padraig finishes this episode when he travels to Lochan Beag to meet Noel Ó Tuairisc who spent his life on large fishing vessels but now has a veritable museum and one of the most interesting collection of sea shells you will ever see.

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Muintir na Mara Donegal

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Muintir na Mara is now in its sixth season. Master boat builder Pádraig Ó Duinnín has taken us on epic journeys along the coastlines of Cork, Kery, Clare, Galway, Mayo and Sligo. Director Martina Durac and Producer Vanessa Gildea have started filming our new series of Muintir na Mara and spent the last few days in Donegal meeting some great people who live their lives by the sea. We arrived into Bundoran in time to see surfers heading out into the wild Atlantic and spent the next day filming there, finding out how this town became the biggest tourist destination in the Northwest, complete with the sea, the waves and the inevitable amusement arcades! From there, we moved on to Ballyshannon and Tobar na Barchaile and Pádraig rowed in to meet meet Caoimhín Mac Aoidh who told him tales of the local fishermen from long ago and how they fought to protect their right to fish. In Smuggler’s Creek  overlooking the amazing sight of Rossnowlagh beach, Molly Reynolds, who was one one of the first female skippers in Ireland, told us how the local community of Creevy and beyond banded together to secure their future, setting up lots of local, environmentally friendly  schemes and building a beautiful collection of cottages to encourage visitors to stay. The next day, Pádraig went out in Donncha O Laighin’s boat, fishing and chatting about boat building around the spectacular Slieve League cliffs. Afterwards he moved on to Donegal Bay in the afternoon to meet Conor Reid and see his oyster farm. A great start to the filming. We go back up to Donegal tomorrow to join the sailing Regatta in Moville and much more…