On the second stage of their journey from the Atlantic ocean to Benburb in the heart of Ulster, Antaine and Cormac paddle from Camus to the historic town of Portglenone.
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Antaine, Ivor. Good to meet you. Cormac, good to meet you.
-Good to meet you.
Today we're going to be skiing on the River Bann.
We will show you our basic good water-skiing position,
just for today, and then afterwards we can work on our technique.
We're going to slowly sit down, we're going to keep our feet where they are
and just fall back on your bum, great.
We're still in a water-ski position, not in a crash position.
We're just going to let the rope, the power source... Perfect.
See the way you didn't fight me?
You can now stand up using quadriceps.
We'll just bend our knees a little bit, so we have some suspension.
Great. And we'll slow down and we'll stop skiing again.
This is what we're doing on the bar, beside the boat,
then we'll go on to the rope.
OK. Now, just without breaking the fins, can you show me
your skiing position again, what it's going to be like?
Just for today, then after a week you can stand up and ski along,
and if we hit any bumps
we always have that flexible knee joint forward.
If you just bend your knees, and just sit over to the left,
put your hand on the jetty, have a seat.
Very good, sit down, yeah.
Don't let me pull you over the front, Antaine.
OK, we're going to sit down, one, two, three, four, five! Very good!
# You're all I have in this teenage twilight
# Your golden hair and pale blue eyes
# But through all the days and sleepless nights
# we have never been satisfied... #
# Everything will burn, baby, burn
# Look into my tired eyes... #
Starting and stopping, very important to be in that position.
-Would you like to try the rope?
Stand up, stand up, stand up.
# You walk like you're in a daze... #
Don't go out over the wake. Go, go, go!
# Like all the good times have flown away...
# Destructive love is all we have... #
Just slide in, slip away from the boat.
# See someone you don't recognise
# Binds that can't be untied
# Oh yeah, this is slow suicide
# Feelings that I can't disguise
# And never will be reconciled
# Oh, something inside has died... #
Excellent, both of you.
# But you always take me back
# And let me lick your wounds
# Tumbling like the leaves... #
# ..burn, baby, burn. #
These are different fish from the last ones, Eddie.
These will be brown trout.
These are the business fish of Northern Ireland and Ireland.
70% of our stock will be made up of brown trout,
as opposed to 30 of rainbows.
I'm intrigued by this netting over our heads.
There has to be a reason for it.
There are natural predators here as well. The majority will be herons.
He's a crafty character. You have to take every...
Try very hard to keep them out.
Without that netting, this would be a supermarket for the herons.
Oh, it really would.
These are actually the mums and the dads of the whole process.
These are the fish we keep on the farm.
-They don't go out as stock?
-I'll get you a sample here.
Whoa! Oh, dear...
Look at the size...!
These are adult brown trout, we keep them for breeding.
Look at the size of those boys.
Later in the year, they'll produce eggs
and they'll be ready about October, November time.
Fascinating. Absolutely fascinating.
-They're kept until they die, basically?
Ideally, around three or four years old for the best quality of eggs.
-Lovely fish themselves.
Is there any difficulty about keeping them here?
Do you have to look after them in a particular way?
They get special treatment.
There will be very little work or anything done with them,
they'll be left in peace.
They're big fish, used to being in the wild, being active.
They don't get stressed out in these tanks, do they?
No, they have plenty of water flowing from there
and they have their natural feeding as well,
then they get specialist food.
Maybe later on, when they get too big and the quality is not so good,
we release them into of the lakes,
give the anglers a chance to catch them.
Or the fish a chance to live?
-It depends on your perspective, doesn't it?
Beside the lovely valley where the band does wind its way
Through Moneyglass and Portglenone From Wild Slieve Gallion Braes.
There's a bit of a myth about monastic silence.
Obviously we have many hours when we don't speak
and when we're on our own.
But communication is more important than silence.
And to learn how to speak without offending your brother,
or speak only helpful words,
is probably more difficult and more important than keeping silence.
What brought the order here?
1940s, there were many vocations, in church, the monasteries.
And the monastery in Mount Melleray, County Waterford,
decided that they had enough monks to make a new foundation.
They heard that Portglenone House was on the market,
and they bought it.
What appeals to you about this location in Portglenone?
There's a famous phrase throughout history
that the early Cistercian monks were lover of the rule and the place.
Monks tend to like the place. They don't move around,
and they get to love the place they're in.
And Portglenone is of course a beautiful area and a very historic location.
This was the historical ford across the Bann. This whole area.
Even up till, I think, before the Second World War,
fishermen could stand in the middle of the river and fish,
at certain times.
It was dredged, I think, twice, before the First and Second World Wars.
So now it would be impossible to stand in the river today.
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On the second stage of their journey from the Atlantic ocean to Benburb in the heart of Ulster, Antaine Ó Donnaile and Cormac Ó hÁdhmaill paddle from Camus to the historic town of Portglenone, passing through a series of spectacular locks, getting up close with some trout in Movanagher and trying their hand at water-skiing on the River Bann.