The Maigue Rivers Trust in collaboration with Granagh Development Association invite you to an outdoor, free family fun-day to get to know the Glasha River. On Friday, 20th of Aug, 12 - 3pm, in Granagh Village Meet with the Maigue Rivers Trust & Inland Fisheries Ireland for a family fun-day to find out more about the Glasha River and what lives in the river. Pond dipping Nature walk Nature drawing Farming beside the river Advice on how to protect the river habitat This event is kindly supported by LAWPRO and their Community Water Development..
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On the 5th June, the Maigue Rivers Trust was delighted to have Dr Mary Kelly-Quinn, lecturer and freshwater research scientist from UCD’s School of Biology and Environmental Science, visit the upper reaches of Loobagh River in Kilfinane to train-the-trainers on how to teach freshwater biomonitoring to citizen scientists. The aim of all of us who care for our waterbodies is to grow the team of people across Ireland who want to monitor the water quality status of our streams and share our findings. In Ireland, our streams make up around 75% of all water channels and all these streams flow into our rivers, lakes and then estuaries and seas. These streams are extremely valuable and essential but they are vulnerable to pollution and they need to be monitored and protected for the survival and benefit of every living being. For years scientists all over the world have used the presence and abundance of river fly larvae, snails, worms and..
The Maigue Rivers Trust is all about celebrating the rivers and people who live in the catchment. One of the projects we are working on is gathering stories from local people living in the catchment. Trudy Reardon is from Knocklong, and she has very kindly sent in a short piece about what you can find if you visit Knocklong. Trudy Reardon of Knocklong up on the Galtees. The river in Knocklong is the Drumcamoge that eventually becomes the Camogue River in Knockainey. The Camoge joins the Maigue River just south of Croom. Walk Knocklong Hill - by Trudy Reardon You can park your car at the Community Hall and head up the Old Road. Once past some houses, the road rises quite steeply to the Old Graveyard entrance. There is plenty of birdlife, Jays, Sparrows, Finches and song to accompany you with blackthorn, whitethorn, celandines and ferns galore. The graveyard cannot be seen from this point, but you can see the remains of a..
What is it all about? The purpose of World Earth Day is for people to actively demonstrate their support for environmental protection action. It is a day to remind ourselves about how we live our lives and how actively protecting our environment benefits us, our families and nature. Here in the Maigue Rivers Trust, we are committed to working with our local communities and collaborating with all stakeholders to work on projects that will result in us taking action to protect our surrounding natural environment, particularly our streams, rivers, lakes and underground water sources and the fish and wildlife that depend on healthy waterways. Water is life for every living being, our landscape and we all need clean water to survive and thrive. Here are a few things we can do to protect our environment (we know the list is much longer than this but it is sample of what we can do): Don’t waste water. Turn off taps; run full loads of..
Maigue Rivers Trust is delighted to collaborate with Limerick City and County Council, European Green Leaf, LAWPRO, Rivers Trust and Mary Immaculate College to host the Reimagining Irish Rivers: Working with Nature conference that is on Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd March, 9am - 12:30 on both days. Click here to download the Abstract Booklet to view the schedule of talks and profile description for the..
Protecting Our Riverside Trees In Order to Have Healthy Rivers The Maigue Rivers Trust is very grateful to Limerick Leader's support for posting our article on riverside trees - 11/02/2021 Here in the Maigue catchment we have almost 1300km of river channel. The Maigue, Loobagh, Morningstar, Camoge, Barnakyle, Clonshire, flow through Charleville, Kilfinane, Kilmallock, Bruff, Knocklong, Bruree, Croom, Patrickswell, Adare, to name but a few. In the past two months, the Maigue Rivers Trust has received three reports from local people highlighting tree removal along sections of the rivers. Riverside trees are essential to healthy rivers but often their value is not fully appreciated until it is too late. Deteriorating water quality, habitat loss from arterial drainage schemes and loss of the natural riverside vegetation have had a detrimental impact on native wildlife and fish. At the time of the widespread drainage schemes, the..
Citizen Science Blog - Why Volunteer to Help Our Rivers? Rivers need our help.Rivers help us every day.Nature-based volunteering is good for our health and well-being.Volunteering will keep our rivers healthy for us, for wildlife, for our communities and for our children in the future. So why volunteer to help our rivers? It’s simple, helping our rivers helps us too. Civilisations throughout history were built around rivers, so many towns, villages and cities of today are centred around them. For example, the towns of Kilmallock and Croom are found on the Maigue River. Rivers provide us with a bounty of food, energy, transport, drinking water and leisure activities. They collect rainwater and transport essential nutrients, and they even carry away pollutants that wash in from land. Rivers are life-giving arteries filled with the fresh water that supports our landscapes and wildlife, keeps our crops and livestock hydrated,..
Autumn Event Series - Working with an artist The Maigue Rivers Trust are delighted to announce that, with funding from Creative Ireland-Limerick, we are going to help partner a community in the Maigue Rivers catchment to have a workshop with ceramic artist, Mary Conroy. Does your community group want to spend a day designing and making a ceramic sign, tiles or a feature that you can then install in your community area? If yes, please contact the Maigue Rivers Trust Project Officer, Liz Gabbbett on firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 14th Sept, 7pm and explain how this project would benefit your..
The Maigue Rivers Trust is delighted to have secured funding from Creative Ireland Made in Limerick to work with communities in the Maigue Rivers Trust catchment who are interested in knowing more about their local natural environment. Do you want to find out about what animals, plants and insects are in your locality? We are working with biodiversity consultant, Geoff Hunt, and we want to hear from local communities who would like Geoff to visit and do a guided nature walk with them. On Saturday, 12th or Sunday 13th September (weather dependent) Geoff will meet your group (maximum 10 people) and will take you on a COVID compliant walk of your public areas and show you the secret and amazing world of autumn nature. Geoff will then compile a report and send it on to the group leader that you can then use for various community projects, e.g. tidy town assessments, Green-school projects, general nature awareness, etc. We can’t offer..
For National Heritage Week 2020 (15-23 Aug), the Maigue Rivers Trust is inviting people living in the Maigue Catchment to take pictures of their local heritage, be it nature, built, crafts, skills, art, songs, and more. The Trust wants to give people a platform to share what they cherish with a broader audience, and the Trust wants to learn more about what we have here in the Maigue catchment. https://youtu.be/VMR0hApVuU4 How to take part: 1. Take a picture and share it on Facebook (make sure it is Public), Twitter or Instagram 2. Add the #MaigueRiver, #NationalHeritageWeek and name your river, e.g. Camoge, Morningstar, Loobagh, Grennagh, Clonshire, Barnakyle, Glashabui 3. Give a short explanation/story of what the picture depicts. 4. The most captivating picture will win a beautiful display of fishing flies from master craftsman and angler, Mike Quinlivan. For *Nature photography* In order to protect wildlife, never photograph..
- Family fun-day in Granagh – Getting to know the Glasha River July 29, 2021
- What the insect life in a stream can tell us about water quality June 10, 2021
- Stories from the Catchment – Knocklong April 27, 2021
- World Earth Day 2021 April 22, 2021
- Reimagining Irish Rivers: Working with Nature March 22, 2021