JOE Mahon heads for
Lecale and the surround-ing area in the next episode of the popular UTV series Mahon’s Way.
In the episode which airs on Monday 30th, Joe is in the land of Lecale where he traces the journey of St Patrick’s mission to Ireland, and explores the fascinating and beautiful Killard Peninsula just beyond the mouth of Strangford Lough.
Local historian Duane Fitz-simons shows Joe where St Patrick’s boat could have arrived in Lecale, deduced from the stories that have been handed down over the centuries.
Duane also takes Joe to Saul Church where it is believed that St Patrick built his first church on the site of an old barn, with all subsequent churches being built on the exact outline of that original barn.
Finally, after a steep climb, they arrive at the statue of St Patrick which was built in the 1930s, and Joe learns why this particular Saint Patrick has one boot and one sandal, and who his face and clothes were modelled on.
Next Joe is off to meet Verity Peet, who is quite the expert on the beautiful Killard peninsula landscape, having in the past been commissioned by National Geographic to research and write a guide to the peninsula.
Joe not only takes in the beauty of the place, admiring flora and fauna along the way, but also learns about its geography and geology, discovering from Verity how some pretty catastrophic events have shaped the land-scape.
He also gets a laugh when Verity takes him to a local spot called ‘gurgle gurgle’!