Liberties-based Heritage Credit Union is the focus of a brand new eight-part RTE One series titled The Borrowers, commencing on Tuesday April 16th at 8.30pm. The fly-on-the-wall programme will take viewers behind the scenes of community credit unions across the country, including Heriage CU’s very own ‘Meath Street’ branch. Viewers will see real Heritage Credit Union members applying for loans, and hear all of the unique reasons behind the loan applications. Heritage Credit Union’s popular loan officers, Alan and Celine will also feature prominently in the show.
Along with Heritage Credit Union, the show also follows other borrower’s stories from Mullingar, Cara (in Tralee) and St. Dominic (in Waterford) Credit Unions.
Speaking about the programme, Al McCauley, CEO Heritage Credit Union said; ‘We are very excited for everyone, but especially our members and the local community, to see The Borrowers. The programme really showcases our ethos and our commitment to the local community, and the way our loan officers go above and beyond every day to help our members’ achieve their dreams and goals. From christenings, to the first day at school, to buying that first car, to the dream wedding, to funerals, we are always here for our members every step of the way and it’s fantastic to see this highlighted in the series. Of course, as viewers will see, we are also open to the more unusual loan requests at Heritage Credit Union, but I don’t want to give anything away!”
Al continued: “There are some unforgettable moments in the show courtesy of our loan officers, Alan and Celine, while our ‘borrowers’ are of course the stars of the show. Each of the eight episodes are at times heart-warming, entertaining and tear-jerking – viewers will not want to miss a moment. If anyone watching the show feels like they could benefit from our services at the credit union, I would encourage them to call into us at any of our seven offices, or contact us on 4900162. The membership process couldn’t be easier and our friendly staff are always available to talk through any questions you might have.”
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 series; “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.”
“I was also exited at the prospect that it would be the first time ever on Irish television that the public would get a peek into what could be considered the most secretive room in the country – the credit union loan office! I’m really proud of this series, and 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. To quote one of the great loan officers in The Borrowers, ‘all of life is in the credit union’ and viewers will certainly get to see that in this series.”
Don’t miss The Borrowers, RTE One every Tuesday at 8.30pm, commencing on Tuesday April 16th.