Offaly documentary ‘A Grand Experience’ on RTE

The film ‘A Grand Experience’ will be screened on Tuesday, October 16 at 10.15pm on RTE1. Many viewers will have already seen a clip of the film as it has been regularly featured in RTE’s promotion of their autumn schedule.

The film ‘A Grand Experience’ will be screened on Tuesday, October 16 at 10.15pm on RTE1. Many viewers will have already seen a clip of the film as it has been regularly featured in RTE’s promotion of their autumn schedule.

A Grand Experience is a film documentary, commissioned by Offaly County Council, about a journey for inspiration along the Grand Canal in Offaly which was made by Mixed Bag Media (Daingean) earlier this year.

The passengers on board are an eclectic mix of artists from Offaly; well known playright and writer of Pure Mule, Eugene O’Brien from Edenderry; singer songwriter Wayne Brennan from Daingean, and Veronica Nicholson, a photographer and installation artist from Rhode. This documentary follows the three artists, with differing and distinct disciplines, as they embark on a journey to engage in their own artistic response to the canal they navigate.

Speaking about the screening, Arts Officer Sinead O’Reilly said, “Our intention with commissioning this film, was to demonstrate how beautiful the canal in Offaly is and what an inspiration it can be. We were trying to find as many ways as possible to show it, and we are absolutely thrilled that RTE have picked it up. It’s a beautifully shot film and Martina McGlynn and Garret Daly who made it, deserve to have it seen by thousands of people.”

The film also depicts musician Wayne Brennan composing the song Roots in these Lands which recently picked up the RTE Breakthrough Bursary Award and also the Sean McCarthy Ballad Contest.

The film is one of three projects funded by Offaly County Council all of which are aimed at placing a national spot light on the Grand Canal in Offaly as a Cultural Corridor. The entire collection of work which was part of the Dublin Tall Ships events, is on tour and will be on show in Enniskillen at the end of the year and Athlone in the spring.