The popular Irish Language Broadcast Fund series Luí na Talún returns to BBC Two Northern Ireland for a third series on Tuesday 12th February at 6.30pm. Presenters Máire Bhreathnach and Jarlath Burns continue to highlight important rural and environmental stories right across the country.
From the controversial subject of fracking in the Fermanagh area to the importance of farm safety to problems with invasive species, the six part series brings a fresh perspective to issues that are important to those with an interest in wildlife and the countryside.
The presenters are again joined by Nodlaig Brolly who reports on the environmental threats to our coastline, the regeneration of an undisturbed rural woodland, and the eco-friendly ethos which is very prevalent in many primary schools. This series Nodlaig also goes on a butterfly hunt in Craigavon and tries her hand at the popular sport of surfing, taking lessons from Ireland’s number one female surfer Easkey Britton.
Last series the presenters were set a challenge to grow their own pumpkins at a community garden in Belfast. They didn’t rise to the challenge and so have set themselves new goals this time round. Will Jarlath Burns succeed in swimming the full length of Camlough Lake? Will Máire Bhreathnach prove that she’s a domestic Goddess as she endeavours to make jam for inclusion in a competition organised by the Women’s Institute.
Together, Máire and Jarlath go on a bat hunt in the Roe Valley, and try turf cutting in Donegal where they explore the reasons for the EU turf cutting ban and its impact on owners of bogs across Ireland. They also have an early morning appointment in Belfast’s Bog Meadows with a Bird Ringing group and later return to the area to learn about Belfast’s Green Corridor.
Series Producer Michael Fanning said: “Whether you live in the city or in the middle of the countryside, there’s something in this series that will interest and inform you. Right across the series we have a wide range of characters, contributors and challenges that our presenters have to get to grips with.”
Luí na Talún is a Below the Radar production for BBC Northern Ireland with financial assistance from the Northern Ireland Screen Irish Language Broadcast Fund.