RIVER RUNNER ;
THE UNTOLD STORY of the WILD ATLANTIC SALMON on the RIVER LEE
A FILM SCREENING AT X-PO Killinaboy
Wednesday 21st November at 8.30 p.m.
The X-PO’s next film in its documentary series is called River Runner ; The Untold Story of the Wild Atlantic Salmon on the River Lee.
The film is directed by Cork film maker and artist, Declan O’Mahony and will screen on Wednesday November 21st at 8.30 p.m.
The film is an in-depth portrait of the River Lee from source to sea. It highlights the dilemma of the wild Atlantic Salmon, the demise of the Pearl Water Mussel and the clear felling of The Gearagh, an ancient and rare inland forest delta, located near Macroom.
The Gearagh is in fact the only extant extensive alluvial woodland in Western Europe Two dams built in the 1950's finished the salmon run. 39 Irish speaking families were issued compulsory orders. The lands were flooded and a whole community was displaced. This is the untold story.
The film maker Declan O’Mahony has been a visual artist for thirty years. The narrators of the film are also Corkonians - Alan Nolan and Kevin Corcoran. Alan is a world-class salmon angler and grew up beside the lower reaches of the river Lee. Kevin is an author, environmental biologist and descendant of Gearagh dwellers. He is steeped in the ecology and folklore of the region. Kevin campaigns vigorously for a management plan for The Gearagh.
X-PO is a community hub located in the former post office in Killinaboy.
The event is free of charge. Donations to X-PO are welcome.
More information + 353 (0)87 292 54 87.