New film to promote heritage and beauty of county

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DOCUMENTARY… Gloria Hunniford visits the Crannog exhibition at the Castle museum, accompanied by Sarah McHugh, of the museum

FILMING has just been completed on a new hour long documentary all about County Fermanagh.

Eagle eyed locals may have spotted a couple of familiar faces around the county over the past week or ten days as TV personality Gloria Hunniford and former UTV journalist Letitia Fitzpatrick were both travelling the length and breadth of the county making this film, funded by Tourism Ireland.

Letitia Fitzpatrick is assitant producer on the documentary and has been working with producer David Donaghy on the film which visited Enniskillen, Belleek and other popular attractions around the county including Marble Arch Caves and Devenish Island.

In addition to the main film, the production company was also making three half hour films about big estate houses in the county, featuring Crom Castle, Colebrooke Park and Belle Isle.

At crew were welcomed to Crom Castle by Lord Erne and Viscount Brookeborough made them welcome at Colebrooke.

“During our visit to Enniskillen we visited Headhunters Railway Museum, Pat O’Dohery’s butchers and met up with historian John Cunningham in the library. We also filmed around the county” said Ms Fitzpatrick who was a news reporter with UTV for 12 years and also worked with the BBC for 9 years before that.

She now is a freelance producer, researcher, journalist and motivational speaker.

“Arlene Foster welcomed us to the county and met us at Belle Isle, and told us she was delighted the film was being made.”

Ms Fitzpatrick is purely behind the scenes on this film with well known presenter Gloria Hunniford in front of the lens.

The assistant producer said she was delighted to have the talents of Ms Hunniford onboard, saying the purpose of the film was to show tourists what is here in Fermanagh and how beautiful it is here.

“This is not just a travelogue – it’s about the rich heritage, the fastincating history and the amazing beauty of the place.

“This is more in depth work and I’m now getting a chance to go behind the stories, which is something I couldn’t do as a journalist with UTV,” said Ms Fitzpatrick, who left the TV station five years ago.


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