This series documents a seven day journey down the River Shannon from Loch Allen to the Estuary with Anna Kavanagh and will be broadcast over 7 weeks beginning on 1st June 5.30-6.30 pm. Guests who join her along the way to discuss the importance of the river from a historic, economic, environmental and spiritual perspective includes Kevin Boxer Moran, Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, Dr Ina Kelly, Consultant in Public Health Medicine, HSE, historian, Dr Angus Mitchell UL and Anne Goggins, Senior Engineer, Limerick Co Council.
It was made in conjunction with Afri (Action from Ireland) an NGO that promotes global justice and peace and is partially funded by the Creative Ireland Programme. The guests identify a multiple of threats to the river basin and explain why we need to protect the river for future generations. The Co-ordinator of Afri, Joe Murray says that there is a need for urgent action now to protect the Shannon which he describes as “an extraordinary jewel of the universe.” Mary Carlton Reynolds, Longford County Librarian and Creative Ireland Coordinator says that education and creating awareness have a huge role to play in protecting the environment for future generations. Part of the remit of Creative Ireland is to fund creative projects that “opens people’s eyes to the beauty of our landscape.”
The series promotes the rich cultural heritage along the river and incorporates a number of traditional Irish music sessions beginning in Cryans, Carrick On Shannon and ending with a music session featuring students from the The Irish World Academy of Music & Dance, University of Limerick. Minister Moran will launch the series and Dr Ina Kelly and Dr. Sean Mc Donagh author of “Dying for Water” will lead a discussion among the people attending the launch on how we can protect the Shannon for our children and grandchildren.