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Joe Mahon maps out a great Ulster Giants programme in the North West

14 December 2020

UTV’s Ulster Giants, which celebrates Northern Ireland’s rich civil engineering heritage, continues on Monday night 14 December at 8pm. Presenter Joe Mahon puts the North West on the map- literally – in this penultimate episode of the series.

Joe Mahon maps out a great Ulster Giants programme in the North West
Ulster Giants TV series

Throughout the whole Ulster Giants series, Joe Mahon has travelled across Northern Ireland and with the help of the expert , he has revealed the stories behind some of Northern Ireland’s well-known landmarks, and also demonstrates how civil engineering is in operation all around us.

These remaining three episodes are sure to delight his loyal fans.

Watch a trailer for the latest episode below.

Ulster Giants - Episode 7 from ICE Group on Vimeo.

In this upcoming episode, Joe Mahon relates the story of the origins of the Ordnance Survey when an eight mile baseline was measured across the shore lands of Lough Foyle to begin the triangulation for the first large scale mapping of Ireland in the 1820s. This was the first exercise of its kind to be carried out anywhere in the world and the accuracy achieved by Thomas Colby and his team of surveyors, using ingeniously contrived, but essentially crude instruments by today’s standards, is still a truly remarkable feat.

Joe then travels back to the Waterside Railway Station in Derry~Londonderry for a quick history lesson on the city’s travel infrastructure and to discover how the listed Victorian building has been carefully refurbished and incorporated into the North West’s brand new £27m Transport Hub.

Ulster Giants is produced by Westway Film Productions for UTV and is sponsored by ‘Mid & East Antrim – A Place Shaped by Sea & Stone.’ You can watch this episode on Monday 14th December at 8pm on UTV and on catch up on

Last episode in the series:
Episode 8, 21 December 8pm, Albert Clock Belfast & Carrickfergus Reservoirs.

For further information please contact Olivia Johnston, UTV Communications Manager, email: [email protected]

  • Neeta Cubitt, communications lead at ICE Northern Ireland