Short Stories from the Longest River
A series of 12 stories set on the River Shannon, starting at its source at the Pot in Dowra, County Cavan, through the Callow’s and finishing in Limerick at the Shannon Estuary where the river ends.
Each episode is a story from nature’s perspective, highlighting the animals, birds, insects and aquatic creatures that reside along its banks or in the river itself.
Written by Sinéad McClure
Narrated by Margaret Kilcoyne, Pat Feely & Sinéad McClure
Produced for Rtejr Radio by All Points West Radio Productions
And Funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the Television Licence Fee.
The Duckling that fell into the Pot.
We start the series at the Shannon’s humble source, The Shannon Pot. With a story that touches on the folklore and mythology often associated with this part of the River. The landscape surrounding the Shannon Pot is the perfect place to delve into the story of Sianann the granddaughter of Fionn McCumhaill who it is said came to this part of Cavan and to this special place in search of the Salmon of Knowledge famed by her grandfather. But when she meets a duckling who was warned by his mother not to enter the water – the story of Sianann takes a different course.
The Heron on the Jamestown Canal
A heron who fishes in the river settles by the banks of the canal one morning. He has never fished in this part of the river before but he doesn’t think he’ll have a problem catching his usual daily allowance. That is until boating activity on the canal scuppers his plans.
Kingfishers in Rooskey
A story about a pair of stunning kingfishers who are preparing for nesting season. They have settled to make a nest in a high bank at the back of houses that border the Shannon in Rooskey. However, the male Kingfisher is feeling particularly lazy but the female makes sure he is busy!
The Pike of Lanesborough
This is the story of the biggest fish on the longest river, and how he got away! Fishing for pike is one of the many shared pastimes on the Shannon River but there are strict regulations governing their catch. That doesn’t stop one particularly confident pike recounting tales of being hooked and released and his understanding about why lies above