Published Monday, 26 November 2012
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It was at Kingscourt that I nearly acquired a new name for the programme and, as it would also have turned out, for myself.

We had finished filming for that day and only had a few things to pick up on next morning so we had decided to have a slight change of scenery. The crew and I had gone by taxi to the nearby town of Carrickmacross to have an evening meal in a rather nice hotel.

On the way back I found myself sitting up front beside the driver. That's where the person who's expected to pay usually sits.

The crew were having a debate about the relative merits of steak and fish dishes among themselves in the back seats, while I engaged the driver in polite conversation about the weather, the economy, the weather, the traffic and the weather.

Eventually the driver picked up on who we were and what we were doing in this part of the country.

"Oh, you're that crowd that's down here from Ulster Television, isn't that right?"

"That's us," I admitted, glad to be off the subject of the weather for a bit.

"And you're making that programme about the countryside, is that the one you do?"

"That's right," I said, "Lesser Spotted Ulster."

"That's the one. Sure I love that programme."

"Thank you."

"I do. I love it. I never miss it."

"Good for you."

"And what do you call it again?"

"Lesser Spotted Ulster."

"I can never remember the name."

"No, it's hard to remember."

It went quiet for a while.

"So which one of you is Lester?"

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Jim Kitchen in Belfast wrote (776 days ago):
Joe - just been reading about the new Lesser Spotted Culture. Could I encourage you to adopt the subject of food into the definition of culture? For example, I was in Bridgend last weekend, visiting the fantastic little food market being run by Donal Doherty at Harry's. All the produce was of stunning quality and all of it from small artisan producers based in Inishowen. I'm working on a project to promote such producers and will gladly suggest more. Regards, Jim.
Margaret Devine in Fermanagh wrote (787 days ago):
Very entertaining blog as usual. Great series as usual. Probably the best series ever? I hope to see more in 2013. Thanks UTV. Margaret
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Joe Mahon
Joe Mahon

Joe Mahon is the presenter of UTV's long-running series Lesser Spotted Ulster.

He is a man who has seen more of the nooks and crannies of the Ulster countryside than anyone else.

His travels for the show have seen him cross land and sea finding the hidden histories of the local landscape.

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