Suck Valley Trail Serpents, saints and sinner

The Suck river meanders ponderously down towards the Shannon. To the left is Galway and to the right is Roscommon. It’s a valley that is renowned to fisherman across Europe, but has a host of interesting historical facts associated with it. The Cross of Cong was made here, the Garda Siochana college was intended for here and Charles Stewart Parnell gave his last public speech here.

Beyond this, there are tales regarding saints from St. Ciaran to St. Coman, of dastardly landlords and inventive publicans and of the serpentine-like river itself giving the trail its subtitle of Serpents, saints and sinner. The good, the bad and the ugly has all passed through this area and we aim to tell you some of the more colourful stories from over the centuries in the hands of Eamonn Gleeson and a man who can both see and maybe even raise Eamonn on the talking stakes in the form of Fuerty farmer, Charlie Clarke. His famous sister, the poet Jane Clarke can be heard laughing heartily throughout the evening’s many high points. 

From Athleague to Castlestrange, Fuerty to Castlecoote, join us on a journey that has scenery that is both haunting and ethereal in the hands of two great raconteurs.