Published Friday, 03 August 2012
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Joe Mahon will be in Rostrevor, Co Down, for the first episode which airs at 8pm and kicks off a run of 20 programmes ending on Christmas Eve.
For Joe, it is meeting the people that really make the programme so entertaining and insightful, bringing to life the nature and history surrounding Ulster.
"As everyone who watches this series will know it's the people, the 'ordinary' people', who are the real stars of Lesser Spotted Ulster," said the presenter.
"The great advantage of the longer run this year is that we're able to get around to more places and, believe it or not, I've been to a number of locations in the province of Ulster that I've never set foot in before this year.
"I'm thinking Hilltown and Annaclone in Co. Down, Kingscourt and Belturbet in Co. Cavan, Dromintee in Co. Armagh and Donaghmore in Co. Tyrone to name just a few."
During the first episode in the picturesque village of Rostrevor, Mark Parker of the Forest Service takes Joe on a wander through the ancient woodland of Rostrevor Forest which he's trying to defend from sycamore invasion.
Meanwwhile Dr John Mc Cavitt takes him on a journey through time as he relates the story of local boy, general Ross, the man who captured Washington and burned the White House in 1812.
Joe tarries for a while in the past as local musician, composer, author and all-round creative genius Siubhan O Duibhain decks him out in one of the 18th century costumes she keeps for the annual dinner of the Tom Dunn Society - a celebration of a local United Irishman who died protecting his neighbours.
Some of the other locations visited during the upcoming series include the seaside village of Rathmullin on the shore of Lough Swilly, the foothills of the Sperrins, Blacklion, Belturbet and the village of Kingscourt in Co. Cavan.