ICE Northern Ireland has helped produce an eight part television series celebrating the ICE’s 200th anniversary for Northern Ireland’s UTV.
Ulster Giants is a celebration of ICE 200 and the incredible civil engineers who have shaped Northern Ireland’s past, present and future. It opens with the following voiceover:
“Roads and bridges, canals and viaducts, railways and harbours, water-towers, tunnels and dams – so much a part our landscape that we scarcely see them anymore and we certainly take them for granted. Yet without that essential infrastructure, modern life would simply not be possible. The civil engineers who have made them have moved mountains and spanned valleys so that we may transport our goods, travel beyond our own shores and live our lives in safety day to day. The Institution of Civil Engineers is this year marking 200 years of its own existence, so it’s high time we began to celebrate their gigantic achievements in this part of the world.”
The series covers more than a dozen heritage and modern civil engineering sites, featuring in-depth interviews with a diverse group of ICE Northern Ireland contributors. Joe Mahon, who hosts the programme, is a local television presenter known for his knowledge of history and his deep appreciation for civil engineers.
Sites featured include such as the Thompson Dock and Ballycopeland Windmill. Emerging technologies such as augmented and virtual reality are also examined.
- Ulster Giants begins on 23 July on UTV at 8pm, with episodes airing each Monday at 8pm until 10 September. Viewers outside Northern Ireland can watch on the ITV Hub here by entering the Northern Ireland postcode BT9 6SX.