Joe Mahon

Our Patron: Joe Mahon

Joe has been the Patron of Ballinderry Rivers Trust since 2010.

Joe first got involved with the work of Ballinderry Rivers Trust (then Ballinderry River Enhancement Association), in 2007, when making a film about water friendly farming for a project the Trust was delivering in partnership with WWF.

Joe and we have a lot of things in common.  We share a passion for our natural landscape, its wildlife, its people and their stories… and we love nothing more than getting out of the office, pulling on the wellies and getting up close and personal with wonderful world around us.

About Joe

After teaching English and History at St Peter’s Secondary School for nine years in the 1970s, Joe Mahon joined the BBC as a radio producer at Radio Foyle and became the Station Manager in 1984.
In 1989, by which time he had moved into television, he left the BBC to become managing director of Northland Films, producing TV series such as McGilloway’s Way, Seanchaí and various children’s programmes.

In 1996 he formed his own company, Westway Film Productions and continued to write and produce across a range of genres for UTV, BBC, Channel 4, RTE and TG4.

Westway has won a number of awards including a Royal Television Society Award and a Celtic Film Festival prize, as well as two BAFTA nominations for its children’s drama series. But Joe Mahon is known primarily as the presenter of Lesser Spotted Ulster, one of the longest running and still most popular programmes ever produced in Northern Ireland.