Episode 2 Sruthanna


Episode 2

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.

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-Good to meet you.

-Great.

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Today we're going to be skiing on the River Bann.

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We will show you our basic good water-skiing position,

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just for today, and then afterwards we can work on our technique.

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We're going to slowly sit down, we're going to keep our feet where they are

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and just fall back on your bum, great.

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We're still in a water-ski position, not in a crash position.

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We're just going to let the rope, the power source... Perfect.

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See the way you didn't fight me?

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You can now stand up using quadriceps.

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We'll just bend our knees a little bit, so we have some suspension.

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Great. And we'll slow down and we'll stop skiing again.

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This is what we're doing on the bar, beside the boat,

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then we'll go on to the rope.

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OK. Now, just without breaking the fins, can you show me

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your skiing position again, what it's going to be like?

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Very good.

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Just for today, then after a week you can stand up and ski along,

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and if we hit any bumps

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we always have that flexible knee joint forward.

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Very good.

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If you just bend your knees, and just sit over to the left,

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put your hand on the jetty, have a seat.

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Very good, sit down, yeah.

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Don't let me pull you over the front, Antaine.

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OK, we're going to sit down, one, two, three, four, five! Very good!

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# You're all I have in this teenage twilight

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# Your golden hair and pale blue eyes

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# But through all the days and sleepless nights

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# we have never been satisfied... #

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# Everything will burn, baby, burn

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# Look into my tired eyes... #

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Very good.

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Starting and stopping, very important to be in that position.

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-Would you like to try the rope?

-OK.

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Stand up, stand up, stand up.

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# You walk like you're in a daze... #

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Don't go out over the wake. Go, go, go!

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# Like all the good times have flown away...

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# Destructive love is all we have... #

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Just slide in, slip away from the boat.

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Very good.

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# See someone you don't recognise

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# Binds that can't be untied

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# Oh yeah, this is slow suicide

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# Feelings that I can't disguise

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# And never will be reconciled

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# Oh, something inside has died... #

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Excellent, both of you.

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# But you always take me back

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# And let me lick your wounds

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# Tumbling like the leaves... #

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# ..burn, baby, burn. #

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These are different fish from the last ones, Eddie.

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These will be brown trout.

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These are the business fish of Northern Ireland and Ireland.

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70% of our stock will be made up of brown trout,

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as opposed to 30 of rainbows.

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I'm intrigued by this netting over our heads.

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There has to be a reason for it.

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There are natural predators here as well. The majority will be herons.

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He's a crafty character. You have to take every...

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Try very hard to keep them out.

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Without that netting, this would be a supermarket for the herons.

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Oh, it really would.

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These are actually the mums and the dads of the whole process.

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These are the fish we keep on the farm.

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-They don't go out as stock?

-No.

-Right.

-I'll get you a sample here.

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Whoa! Oh, dear...

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Look at the size...!

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These are adult brown trout, we keep them for breeding.

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Look at the size of those boys.

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Later in the year, they'll produce eggs

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and they'll be ready about October, November time.

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Fascinating. Absolutely fascinating.

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-They're kept until they die, basically?

-Yeah.

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Ideally, around three or four years old for the best quality of eggs.

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-Lovely fish themselves.

-They are.

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Is there any difficulty about keeping them here?

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Do you have to look after them in a particular way?

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They get special treatment.

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There will be very little work or anything done with them,

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they'll be left in peace.

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They're big fish, used to being in the wild, being active.

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They don't get stressed out in these tanks, do they?

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No, they have plenty of water flowing from there

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and they have their natural feeding as well,

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then they get specialist food.

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Maybe later on, when they get too big and the quality is not so good,

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we release them into of the lakes,

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give the anglers a chance to catch them.

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Or the fish a chance to live?

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-It depends on your perspective, doesn't it?

-Exactly.

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THEY SING

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Beside the lovely valley where the band does wind its way

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Through Moneyglass and Portglenone From Wild Slieve Gallion Braes.

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There's a bit of a myth about monastic silence.

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Obviously we have many hours when we don't speak

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and when we're on our own.

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But communication is more important than silence.

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And to learn how to speak without offending your brother,

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or speak only helpful words,

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is probably more difficult and more important than keeping silence.

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What brought the order here?

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1940s, there were many vocations, in church, the monasteries.

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And the monastery in Mount Melleray, County Waterford,

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decided that they had enough monks to make a new foundation.

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They heard that Portglenone House was on the market,

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and they bought it.

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What appeals to you about this location in Portglenone?

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There's a famous phrase throughout history

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that the early Cistercian monks were lover of the rule and the place.

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Monks tend to like the place. They don't move around,

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and they get to love the place they're in.

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And Portglenone is of course a beautiful area and a very historic location.

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This was the historical ford across the Bann. This whole area.

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Even up till, I think, before the Second World War,

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fishermen could stand in the middle of the river and fish,

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at certain times.

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It was dredged, I think, twice, before the First and Second World Wars.

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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.


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