We are delighted to present to you our 5th Newsletter. It has been great to be able to engage with more people this year, now that the COVID threat has lessened. Thank you to all our collaborators and sponsors for making our work..
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In May and June 2022, the Maigue Rivers Trust secured funding from LAWPRO's Community Development Water Fund and Limerick City and County Council - Kilmallock & Cappmore Municipal Fund allocation - to start giant hogweed control measures on the Morningstar River between Elton and Ballyvolane near Bruff. Giant Hogweed is not only an aggressive alien invasive species but it is also a human health hazard due to the severe skin burns the plant sap causes when combined with UV sunlight. The poster below shows the extent of the plant's spread down the Morningstar as it colonizes the river bank downstream towards Bruff. Knotweed Ireland Services was the company that carried out the majority of the work and a few landowners were able to carry out their own control measures. The Giant Hogweed control work needs to be a multiannual project (est. 5 years for the Morningstar R.) until the plant's seed bank is exhausted. Future funding is..
The Maigue Rivers Trust is delighted to announce two events for this year's Heritage Week, which runs from Sunday August 14th to the 21st. Hospital - Mahore River - Wed 17th 7-8pm On Wednesday 17th Aug, 7-8pm we will be in Hospital down by the Mahore River. Everyone is welcome to come to the church carpark at 7pm. Our chairperson, Tom Harrington, will lead the talk about the wildlife to be found in and by the river and how we can care for our local rivers and streams. Charleville - The Glen River - Thursday 18th 7-8pm On Thursday 18th Aug, 7-8pm we will be in Charleville down by the Glen River (also known as Charleville stream). Everyone is welcome to come to the bridge by the pitch and put at 7pm. Together with Catherine Seale-Duggan of the Communities and Water Team, the MRT will talk about the wildlife to be found in and by the river and how we can care for our local rivers and..
On Sunday, May 29th, the Maigue Rivers Trust is organising a kayak trip down the Maigue to explore the biodiversity of the river. Nevsail Waterport is our kayaking provider There are two trips, morning or afternoon, for you to choose from. The book your spot click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/336494111947 Requirements Minimum age requirement: 15 Fitness: While this is a guided kayak event, people signing up to take part should expect some challenge and a lot of fun. Medical conditions: If you have a medical condition(s) that requires you to carry medication (e.g. insulin, asthmatic medicine) please let the organisers know in advance via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and on the event day. Clothing requirement: Nevsail will provide kayaks, wetsuits, lifejackets and helmets. You will need to wear swim gear and shoes you don't mind getting wet. If you have your own wetsuit bring that. Morning paddle: Meet at 9:30am in..
Are you interested in learning more about the health of your local stream and river and finding out about where your drinking water comes from? On Saturday 26th of March - 1:30 to 3pm - the Maigue Rivers Trust is hosting a citizen science picnic in Lough Gur visitor park where we will demonstrate how you can do a simple chemistry test for nutrients in your local stream and river. We will also look at the fascinating water insects that can indicate good and poor water quality. This is a free event and is suitable for everyone to attend. Register here so we know how many sandwiches and snacks to..
The Maigue Rivers Trust supports the work of Tom Ryan and the Mulcahy family who have repeatedly reported the ongoing discharge of alleged polluted material into the Loughmore Canal and the Barnakyle River to Limerick City and County Council since February 2021. The Barnakyle River is a tributary of the Maigue and joins the Maigue west of the Ferry Bridge in Clarina. The Maigue Rivers Trust firmly believes it is on everyone and every business to act decisively to protect our watercourses, groundwater, soils and surrounding natural habitats from pollutants. Clean water is essential for human and environmental health as well as the industries that employ many of us. Protecting watercourses from pollutants involves enforcement of the laws that are there to deter careless or deliberate pollution. The laws must be enforced fairly across all sectors, from large companies, agencies and individuals, in order to have everyone on board...
Employer: Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage Location: County Limerick The Waters of LIFE Project aims to help reverse the loss of Ireland’s most pristine waters. The ongoing loss of high-status waters is among the most concerning, protracted and persistent water quality trend in Ireland. Other water quality trends have well-understood cause and effect, with detailed plans in place to mitigate impacts. More actions are necessary to protect pristine waters. Many of these waters are small, upland streams. The Waters of LIFE project will establish a demonstration project to develop, test and validate effective integrated catchment management measures to reverse this declining trend. The competition for the Project Administrator, Project Ecologist and GIS/Data Manager on the Waters of LIFE Integrated Project is now open for applications. The Waters of LIFE EU Project office will be based in Croom, Co...
Do you have a desire to make a valuable contribution to a local environmental organisation that is committed to working towards conserving and improving the water quality of the rivers and lakes in Co. Limerick for the benefit of local communities and native wildlife? The Maigue Rivers Trust is seeking a Business director preferably with knowledge and experience of overseeing finances in a company and/or NGO sector. Previous voluntary experience serving on a Board or Committee is desirable. Our organisation: The Maigue Rivers Trust (MRT) was established in 2016. We are a registered charity and company limited by guarantee. The trust has 11 directors drawn from sectors that represent a range of social, economic and environmental interests. Our mission is to protect, enhance and cherish the rivers and lakes of the Maigue catchment in Co. Limerick for the benefit and enjoyment of all. The Trust works with local..
- Maigue Rivers Trust Newsletter 5 (2021-2022) November 2, 2022
- Morningstar River Giant Hogweed Control Project 2022 October 6, 2022
- Heritage Week 2022 July 29, 2022
- Discover the Biodiversity of the River Maigue by Kayak May 9, 2022
- Citizen Science Picnic in Lough Gur- 26th March 2022 March 10, 2022