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TV | Stewartstown’s extraordinary link to the White House revealed in UTV’s ‘Mahon’s Way’

Aidan Fee and Joe at Donaghenry graveyard Stewartstown

Joe Mahon returned to UTV last Sunday night with ‘MAHON’S WAY’ for another series of 14 episodes in which he’s travelling the length and breadth of Northern Ireland (and sometimes a wee bit further), exploring the rich veins of heritage, history and culture which make this place so unique.  

And in the second episode to be aired this evening, Sunday 30 July, Joe discovers a wealth of hugely significant historical sites in and around the village of Stewartstown.

He visits the area at the ancient graveyard of Donaghhenry where local historian Aidan Fee reveals the final resting place of Scottish nobleman who used to be called Lord Ochiltreebefore he came to Ulster.

Joe also heads to Crieve Lough where there are ancient rings dating back to the Bronze Age, on another bank there’s the outline of an early 17th century Plantation settlement, and in the centre of the lough there’s a crannog on which Hugh O’Neill is said to have spent his last night in Tyrone before embarking on ‘The Flight of the Earls.’

John Glendinning with Joe Mahon

Later, in the village of Stewartstown itself, John Glendinning relates the extraordinary tale of Bill Greer, who left his home in the townland of Drumbonway at the age of 17 to seek his fortune across the Atlantic.

In the 1950s he joined the staff of the White House and eventually found himself playing a key role in one of the most infamous events in modern US history.

‘MAHON’S WAY’ is produced by Westway Film Productions for UTV, and supported by Northern Ireland Screen’s Ulster-Scots Broadcast Fund.  The series is sponsored by Warmflow Engineering.    

You can watch this episode on Sunday 31st July at 7pm on UTV and on catch up on


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