River Suck documentary to air at Arts Centre

A film documentary titled ‘Along by the River: Discover the River Suck’, will premiere next Friday (August 26th) in Roscommon Arts Centre as part of National Heritage Week.

 The documentary follows the River Suck from Lough O’Flynn to Shannonbridge and discovers its flora, fauna, rich biodiversity, heritage and culture.

 The communities that live along the river in counties Roscommon and Galway share stories and reveal the many hidden charms of the River Suck in this Mimar Media production.

   Project coordinator, Cllr. Orla Leyden, says that the documentary is a wonderful advertisement for the area: “In May 2015, I worked with the community to establish the Suck Valley Angling hub which lobbies for the development of new angling facilities, organises fishing festivals and seeks to promote the River Suck and its lakes nationally and internationally.

  “This documentary aims to do just that and bring more tourists to the area for angling, walking, kayaking, birdwatching, cycling and to explore our rich heritage, built and natural. Of course it isn’t just about tourism but about raising awareness of the River Suck and its rich bio-diversity. The River Suck is plentiful in coarse fish and renowned for plentiful supplies of pike. The River Suck Callows is also a special protection area with raised bogs and a variety of migratory birds, which winter in the area. What we need is sustainable tourism development.”

  Cllr. Leyden also paid tribute to those who made the production possible. She said: “Everyone on this project has been enthusiastic in giving up their time and sharing their expertise! Bill Cassidy, the narrator and chairperson of the Angling Hub has been brillant, as have the staff from Inland Fisheries Ireland, National Parks and Wildlife and all of the contributors who are the stars of this documentary. We were really fortunate to commission Mimar Media to produce this documentary and without the support of our funders and sponsors this project could not have been realised.”

  Prior to premiering at the Roscommon Arts Centre next Friday, ‘Along by the River: Discover the River Suck’ will feature on Irish TV next Monday (August 22nd).

   The documentary was commissioned by the Suck Valley Angling Hub and Suck Valley Development Co-operative Society and will feature businesses and community members who live and work along the river, including Black Donkey brewing (Ballinlough), Class Grass and The Field (Castlecoote).

  Mimar Media the production company involved are based near Athleague and were joined by FD Design and aerial photography company, Airview, both Roscommon based who also contributed to the documentary. DVDs will be available to purchase very soon and can be pre-ordered at the premiere.