JOE Mahon has already spent time in County Tyrone in this series of Mahon’s Way, with previous episodes coming from Killeter and Castlederg.
And it’s back in Tyrone for Joe as he visits Fintona and spends the last two episodes of the series finding out about the town’s rich history and its people, past and present.
On next Monday night’s programme, November 29, Joe explores the town’s heritage through the eyes of local man Steven Reid, who has a lovely story to tell Joe about his personal attachment to the Carnalea Bridge.
They also spend time in Donacavey graveyard where Steven shares more history of the area. Of particular interest to Joe is the horse tram which ran in the town transporting rail passengers between stations.
Joe also chats to Jade Gibson, who is Chair of the Fintona Community Forum, and she shares how the group was founded and has grown to include a vast array of local people of amazing talent who all work together to improve the town.
Joe then finds himself at the Ecclesville Equestrian Centre and meets Roisin Blaney with baby Joe who’s itching to get going on his pony!
Joe learns more about Ecclesville and all the facilities available in addition to the equestrian centre, and administrator Maria King tells Joe about the many uses for the arena.
In the final programme, which airs on December 6, Joe shares the amazing story of local man Raymond Browne-Lecky, and meets Seskinore man Pat McCusker at the spot where the original Ecclesville House stood. He paints a fabulous picture of Raymond Browne-Lecky and explains how his generous legacy to the people of Fintona continues to this day.
Joe also speaks to Geoff Dorrian about his personal memories of Browne-Lecky. His mother used to be his housekeeper at Ecclesville, and he has some lovely mementos from her time there.
The programme (and the series) ends with Joe at the Finore Fishing Club at the Quiggery Water. He chats to Raymond McMaster about the quality and quantity of fish here with Joe comparing Raymond’s fishing methods to those of young Ferghal Armstrong, who has won several competitions.
Finally, Club Chair-
man Martin McClen-aghan speaks of fu-nding and expertise supplied by the Lo-
ughs Agency in sup-porting the club’s activities, and shares with Joe why he thinks the club has been so successful through the years.
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