Hidden secrets

Published Monday, 21 January 2013
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The French came and even the Americans... yet she stands majestic and menacing - an imposing monument of military might.

Its Carrickfergus Castle. That's where the team headed for week three of 'Ulster Unearthed'.

But not just any old visit. We are armed with secrets to investigate.

In my youth, the castle meant mostly freezing cold school trips. huddled in sheltered corners eating soggy sandwiches but even then it cast its spell. Filming in November last year wasn't any warmer than my remembered school visits but it was certainly an amazing and eye opening experience.

Day one filming was to be from the ocean. I thought - 'oh dear and where are my thermals'.

When we arrived at the marina we were greeted with the warmest welcome from the team who were to take us out to sea.

Guided to their shelter we were loaded up with piping hot coffee and homemade cakes - a girl could get used to this!

Back to filming and after a quick chat with Nic Branning (my excellent expert for this week) out to sea we went and, hand on heart, I was moved at just how impressive she was from the ocean - you couldn't help but imagine how the respective invaders must have felt when carrickfergus Castle broke the horizon!

Not forgetting it was November and with windchill biting at my ears it was camera rolling and one take and it's in the bag - excellent. Over the coming days the castle continued to reveal its secrets and, without giving too much away, we unearth a hidden tunnel that played an important role in our more recent history.

And I came face to face with death!

In an 'alas poor yorick' kind of way.

Hope you enjoy...

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peter Finn in France wrote (634 days ago):
Cant see this emission for various reasons but perhaps the history of carrickfergus is not as simple as portrayed over the years I am aware that this port imported more wine than we import now and the year was 1576 when the port traded mainly with graves in the Gironde estuary i do hope they spoke eloquently of the great theft of 1578 when 5000 hogs heads of wine from the continent was stolen having arrived at Carrick on route for the castle Of Red Hugh o Niell the proprietor of the Castles in and around that area His influence in the history of Carrick has been suborned to almost extinction for various reasons but let"s say that Carrickfergus does have a fundamental link with the old Ireland abd the kings and Queens who ruled before the supression by the Englanders when it played an important part in Ireland and Europe We are but apprentices in the design of ireland and I hope the programs of this type in the future will have researched the deep deep influence of that town in old Irish history but I dream Adieu
Yvonne Young in Comber wrote (637 days ago):
Absolutely loved this programme.. visited it last year with Canadian friends and did the tour...fantastic. Can a copy be purchased on DVD to share with family in NZ and Canada?
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Rita Fitzgerald
Rita Fitzgerald

Rita FitzGerald is a presenter and journalist who joined UTV and U105 in 2008.

Before that she presented a current affairs and lifestyle program for the Northern Media Group at their 7fm radio station in Ballymena.

Rita lived in France for a number of years and enjoys returning on holidays.

Outside of work she enjoys reading, travelling, cooking, singing and relaxing with her husband, daughter and friends.

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