Joe Mahon pursues the Caledon ghost

Joe Mahon pursues the Caledon ghost

Lesser Spotted Ulster's Joe Mahon returns for part two of his visit to the small village of Caledon in Co Tyrone this week, where he encounters a local troublesome ghost.

Joe visits the old courthouse, which was once the main focal point of the village back in Victorian times.

The modern day courthouse has since been restored after falling into disuse and is said to come with its own ghostly presence. Locals often complain that the inhabiting ghost is known for having some very bad habits including smoking a tobacco pipe.

Joe pays a visit to the impressive private collection of World War 2 memorabilia on display in the courthouse, where he hears the poignant tale of a Texan GI who became part of a local Caledon family.

The courthouse clock has pride of place in the village, but, as Joe soon finds out, its old mechanism is located elsewhere in the courthouse. After inspecting the features of the clock Joe discovers it's more pleasant to look at than it is to wind up.

Something else that has been moved is the old Dredge Suspension bridge, the only one of its kind in Ireland. Joe finds out why the council decided to take the bridge out of storage and return it to the Blackwater River where it belongs.

Joe also hears more about the ongoing regeneration work carried out in Caledon over the past decade, which aims to restore the local architecture to the former glory of that second Earl of Caledon's era.

Viewers can join in the conversation by tweeting along with @utv during the show using the hashtag #LesserSpotted.

Lesser Spotted Ulster is broadcast on Friday 1 August at 8pm on UTV.


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