Episode 52: In Focus – Rose of Innisfree

This week on In Focus, Breifne took a cruise on the Rose of Innisfree from Parkes Castle through Lough Gill to Sligo Town and back along the shores of Hazelwood.

Supported by Urban Fit Crew Boxfit in Kiltoghert.

As well as some tourists enjoying the scenic journey he caught up with both Tina and George McGoldrick, the owners of the vessel and they both chatted with Breifne about the influence the ship and the lake have had on their lives and their family business.

The addition of new docking facilities in Sligo this year has grown their business this summer and increased the footfall on board and to the lakeside Parkes Castle.

George shared some of the folklore of the lake, it’s islands, their former inhabitants and the inspiration that was drawn from some of those landmarks by Nobel Prize winning poet, William Butler Yeats, during his career.

During the show we hear the poet himself recite his most famous work, The Lake Isle of Innisfree, as well as adaptations of another famous piece, Down By the Sally Gardens, sung by Orla Fallon.

Also on today’s show we hear from Martha Smyth who was the winner of our Experience Leitrim competition at the start of the month about her plans to really get a feel for the range of activities around the county.

Finally we meet the newest arrival to the Leitrim Daily team, Orla McNabola, Shannonside FM broadcaster, from Carrick on Shannon will be hosting some of the episodes on the podcast. We meet her ahead of hosting her very own show tomorrow.

We know you’ll make her feel very welcome on the channel.

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