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Ireland’s inland waterways are important parts of our transport and industrial heritage. They hold aesthetic, recreational and spiritual values, as well as important habitats for many forms of wildlife.

Irish documentary wins big on the International Stage

River Shannon

ON A RIVER IN IRELAND has won the top award at this year's Wildscreen Festival as well as taking away awards for Best Cinematography and Best Script.

Considered the 'Green Oscars', Wildscreen celebrates the best and brightest in natural history film-making.

Awarding ON A RIVER IN IRELAND the best in festival, Wildscreen said "A beautifully conceived film where the script, photography, music and editing create a magical hour, reconnecting us with nature in a way that very few films do today."

Broadcast on Irish TV as "The Secret Life of the Shannon", ON A RIVER IN IRELAND follows Colin Stafford Johnson on a journey along the River Shannon — Ireland's greatest geographical landmark and the longest river in Ireland & Britain.

The film was shot over two years and features extraordinary animal behaviour captured with the very latest camera technologies. The film has already enjoyed great success winning three awards at Jackson Hole Wildlife Festival including Best Overall Film.

Speaking after the win, director John Murray, said “My father grew up on the banks of the Shannon and to me as a child it was as wide and mysterious as the Amazon. In this film we tried to capture some of the wild animals and natural wonders that lie unseen under our very noses. It's hugely gratifying that a film featuring Ireland's wildlife would win against allcomers from around the world and a huge thanks to the team and everyone who helped us around the country."

Made with the support of RTÁ‰, BAI, ESB, NPWS, Waterways Ireland, The Heritage Council and produced with the support of investment incentives for the Irish Film Industry provided by the Government of Ireland