"Travel with Stephanie Abrams!" Radio Show - July 03, 2016
Rope Bridge -Belfast was the capital of rope making at the end of the 19 th century.
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Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge Cushendun Fishery and Crane Reconstruction Project

Travel Expert Radio Show Host Stephanie Abrams speaks with Frank Devlin, Countryside Manager North Coast for the United Kingdom National Trust where his purview includes Giant's Causeway and the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge in Cushendun. He's been with the organization since 2000 and started with the National Trust as a Ranger working in Cushendun looking after the village, sea shore, trees and woodlands. The National Trust is a charitable organization tasked with land management, use and conservation for vast areas of Northern Ireland along the coast line including historic monuments, buildings, parts of the coast line itself including Giant's Causeway and even the village of Cushendun where Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge can be found. Frank says he was "born and bred" in Ballycastle and has lived there for all his years where he is a farmer and raises cattle and sheep. He's always been in love with the land and the opportunity to work with the National Trust toward its preservation goals was a great fit.

Travel Expert Stephanie Abrams describes the village of Cushendun as "the most enchanted, charming, darling place". Frank explains that Cushendun village was built in the early 1900's with traditional buildings which today strike visitors as quaint since, according to Frank, "it hasn't changed a bit since the UK National Trust [has been] looking after it". Frank tells us that though Cushendun is a museum, real people live and work there. This adds to the authenticity of the place, and makes sure that its spirit as a real village remains alive. Tenants look after and preserve the buildings. There is an occupancy waiting list and normally there is a wait to get into one of the buildings. People tend to stay for their life, which he says "is great and adds continuity and connection between people".

Radio Show Host Stephanie Abrams is obviously quite taken with Cushendun and in fact all of Ireland. On her explorations she has become very familiar with the Antrim Coastline and suggests making Giant's Causeway a stop on any itinerary. If visiting Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge she says tourists can also drive by Dunluce Castle which is on the Antrim Coastline. The area's inspiring landscapes have been extensively featured in HBO's Game of Thrones series, based on the original work by George R.R. Martin.

The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge connects the mainland to a small island outcropping just off the shore on the Atlantic which was originally purposed as a salmon fishery in the 1600's. This place was chosen by fisherman because of its plentiful and steady supply of salmon swimming along the coastline to their spawning grounds. In its earliest history, due to the difficult placement of the island, strong and often unpredictable currents, and lack of ability to moor a ship, a crane was built to hoist fishing boats, with their load, out of the sea and onto the island. The previous iteration of the crane was of mostly wooden construction, with steel lashings. It stood at approximately twenty meters tall and was thirty meters from tip to tip. Frank explains that the previous crane was over 150 years old when fate would have it during a storm the wind shook it loose from its tie-downs. As a result the crane swung out over the sea where a swell caught hold of it and did most of the damage. Frank explains that the wood was quite brittle due to age and it didn't take much to shatter it.

Frank Devlin's team set about re-building the crane from measurements of the previous one. He says one of the project's most difficult aspects was sourcing timbers long enough for the design. Orchestrating delivery of the materials to the island by using the rope bridge sounds like it was a challenge as well. Frank is not exactly sure where the timber came from, though he jokingly suggests Scandinavia as one "won't find a thief or a tree to hang them by" in Ireland thanks to historically poor tree conservation. He explains that a "lot of boats that were built by the British fleet used timber from Ireland" and thus not many old growth trees would have been available for the task.

Frank explains that the new crane was built in sections and bolted together. The longest pieces are twenty-five feet each and use steel bolts and strapping. He says the timber in the previous iterations lasted longer than the steel due to the salt air. The re-construction core team only counted three, though Frank says as many as five or six people carried the materials across to the island. He says it’s a "small, confined site" and more than a small team working on the building project would have been difficult. He says they haven't yet done a demonstration of pulling a 3-ton boat from the sea using the crane, but though it was re-constructed mostly as an exhibit it was designed to be capable of the task and for future demonstrations.

When the island was in use as a commercial fishery, dating back to the 1600's, typically between three and four people would crew the island. Perhaps more might work if fishing was particularly plentiful. Two people would be required to work the crane's winch to draw fishing boats out of the water. The island's cottage would only have been occupied during fishing season. The island's fishery stopped its function in 2002 and commercial fishing has not been in operation at the site since 2003.

Frank Devlin says that the National Trust has preserved everything as the fishery left it in 2002, complete with a cottage, boat, and now with the newly rebuilt crane visitors can get a complete sense of the fishery and what it was like while in operation. Getting to the fishery using the rope bridge sounds like an exciting and unique experience; a historical remnant that brings visitors closer to Ireland's past. The experience should be quite a thrill as Frank explains using the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge is "quite bouncy" and looms one hundred feet over the open sea. Despite the dramatic perch, he says the bridge is constructed "really well" and uses two strong steel ropes that are well secured. In spite of that, and owing to the narrowness of the bridge, only one person can cross at a time, single file. He says more than 360,000 people crossed it last year. If visiting Ireland put this experience on your itinerary.

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Frank Devlin, Countryside Manager North Coast Including Giants Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, UK National Trust, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK.
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Margie Metzger, Founder and Artistic Director, Berkshire Jewish Film Festival, Duffin Theater, Lenox Memorial High School, Lenox, Massachusetts, USA.
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Margie Metzger, Founder and Artistic Director, Berkshire Jewish Film Festival, Duffin Theater, Lenox Memorial High School, Lenox, Massachusetts, USA.
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