Showing posts with label Rivers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rivers. Show all posts

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

The River Slaney

Irish video documentary about the River Slaney

The River Bann

Irish video documentary about the River Bann

The River Feale

Irish video documentary about the River Feale

The River Lee

Irish video documentary about the River Lee

The River Foyle

Irish video documentary about the River Foyle

The River Erne

Irish video documentary about the River Erne

The River Boyne

Irish video documentary about the Boyne River.

The River Barrow

The Munster Blackwater River

The River Suir

Stunning views of an Irish river. From humble beginnings in the Devil's Bit Mountains in Tipperary, the River Suir flows gracefully through some of Munster's most beautiful countryside until it empties itself into the sea at Waterford Harbour. At over 183km from source to sea, the Suir is one of Ireland's longest and greatest rivers, as it makes its way through Thurles, Holycross, Cahir, Clonmel, Carrick-on-Suir and Waterford City. Abhainn: captures the magic of the river with stunning aerial footage and unique footage of some of the region's most beautiful riverscapes.

The River Suir has been an active witness to all stages of Irish history. For early settlers it was important for transport and food, while later visitors such as the Vikings and the Normans, it was their point of entry into Ireland. Strongbow, Gráinne Mhaol, King John and Cromwell have all crossed its waters, so it's no surprise that banks of the river are studded with castles, towers and great houses.

But even faraway battlefields are remembered along the river -- in Cahir "Crimean Bob", a famous horse that survived the Charge of the Light Brigade and the Battle of Balaklava is buried and commemorated in the local Army Barracks where he died after long years of retirement from battle.

But it's not all about history. The river is a magical ecosystem and home to variety of bird & animal life and a great getaway for human recreation.

In Clonmel, Shay Hurley tells us of the unusual history of the local Working Men's Boat Club and its part in the War of Independence, while we also learn of Waterford's unique contribution to Irish cuisine. Not only was the rasher and the cream cracker invented there, but Waterford's Huguenots introduced a new kind of breakfast bread, the Blaa. Today, this centuries old tradition is kept alive by the Walsh brothers in the Déise's capital.

Rivers are more than just a geographical feature in our landscapes. For thousands of years rivers have been part of who we are and have shaped what we have become. Rivers have taken on magical, religious, mythical qualities in ancient times. They've been the major transportation routes of old, which opened up the country to newcomers both welcome and unwelcome, they're the motorway network of ancient times. As natural barriers Rivers are and have traditionally marked the borders of tribal territories -- often fiercely defended. River crossings have been the venue for many a battle. In later centuries the energy of our rivers have been captured by watermills and hydro electric plants but this intrinsic life force and energy has always been recognised in ancient Irish cultures for whom the rivers were living goddesses.