Credit union borrowers the focus of heart-warming new RTE One series

Posted on: 15 Apr 2019

A brand, new eight-part RTE One television series will, for the first time ever,  take viewers into what could be considered the most secretive room in Ireland, the credit union loan office!  The Borrowers, commencing on Tuesday April 16th at 8.30pm, takes a fly-on-the-wall look at the people who borrow from their local credit unions. Viewers will have the opportunity to hear all the weird and wonderful stories behind the loan applications.
 
Four credit unions; Cara (Tralee), Mullingar, St Dominic (Waterford) and Heritage (Dublin) Credit Unions are featured across the eight episodes in the series. Loan officers Derry, Maurice, Colette, Paul, Alma, Al and Celine - one of who is a bona fida social media star who has been featured on the Ellen show in the US – all provide some very memorable moments.  

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The programme showcases the ethos of the credit union and the way in which the loan officers go above and beyond every day to help members’ achieve their dreams and goals. Across each of the eight episodes, viewers will have the opportunity to hear the real-life reasons behind credit union loan applications, from family reunions, to new cars, houses, cosmetic procedures and more. Of course, as viewers will see, credit unions are also open to the more unusual loan requests! Each of the episodes is at times heart-warming, entertaining and tear-jerking – so viewers will not want to miss a moment!
 
ILCU Head of Communications Paul Bailey said: “If anyone watching the show feels like they could benefit from the services offered through the credit union, I would encourage them to contact their local credit union. The membership process couldn’t be easier and our friendly staff are always available to talk new members through any questions. Details for local credit unions can be found here.”
 
The series was filmed and produced by Alleycat Films, an award-winning documentary and television production company. 
 
Director and Executive Producer with Alleycat Films, Des Henderson said of the show; The idea for this series first came to me when I was sitting across from a credit union loan officer in my local credit union and applying for a loan. I realised that in that situation, you end up more or less telling the loan officer your life story and chatting about how your life is going. It struck me that this was something really unique, and I knew it would make for a great television series.”
 
Don’t miss The Borrowers, RTE One every Tuesday at 8.30pm, commencing on Tuesday April 16th.