‘Along by the River’ showcases local beauty and innovation

I attended last Friday’s launch of the documentary on the River Suck, ‘Along by the River: Discover the River Suck’ in Roscommon Arts Centre. A large crowd was in attendance and they were treated to a wine and beer reception, with Ballinlough brewery, Black Donkey, supplying the beer.

  Cllr. Orla Leyden officially launched the documentary and highlighted the aims of the project: “You are all very welcome to the launch of ‘Along by the River: Discover the River Suck’ in Roscommon Arts Centre tonight.

  “It is being screened in conjuction with National Heritage Week 2016. The theme for this year’s heritage week is people and place and this documentary commissioned by the Suck Valley Angling Hub and Suck Valley Development Co-operative and produced by Mimar Media reveals the River Suck, its flora and fauna, rich biodiversity, heritage and culture, in essence The River Suck – people and place.

  “Our aim is to attract more tourists to experience the River Suck for angling, walking, kayaking bird watching, cycling, cruising and to explore our rich heritage, built and natural and to enjoy our culture and arts.”

  Unfortunately, due to a technical issue, the first screening of the Mimar Productions documentary that was commissioned by the Suck Valley Angling Hub and the Suck Valley Development Co-operative had to be delayed until tonight (Thursday, September 1st) at 8 pm. Fortunately, one of the driving forces behind the project, Cllr. Orla Leyden, and Mimar Media’s Michael Hourigan and Martina Larkin allowed me to have an advance screening. Now, there will be no spoiler alert as I’m not going to ruin the surprise for those attending this evening, but I will say this: the documentary is beautifully shot and showcases the natural beauty that can be found all along the river in Roscommon and east Galway.

  It also pays homage to the innovative people who live by the river and goes into tremendous detail in highlighting the history of the region.

  It’s visually very appealing and made me want to rush out and buy a boat and a fishing rod! The documentary was well worth the wait and will go down a treat with the audience this evening at the Roscommon Arts Centre.