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..
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..
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..
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..
The Trust is currently in the process of applying for LEADER fund training opportunities and we need to consult with you, the people and communities. Currently, the Maigue is running two surveys that will run from 5th - 15th of August 2020. Survey 1. The Maigue Rivers Trust would like to organise wildlife-based training opportunities for individuals and communities living in or close to the Maigue Catchment. To find out what you are interested in, we would be very grateful if you could fill out this short survey (it will take you less than 5 minutes - possibly just 3 minutes - to fill it out). To get a broad opinion from as many people as possible, please share this post with your friends and family. Click here for the Survey 1 link. Survey 2. The Maigue Rivers Trust is also running a survey for tourism based businesses in the catchment. The Maigue Rivers Trust wants to collaborate with local tourism businesses to develop and..
Click here to read our third newsletter to find out what has been happening in the Maigue Rivers Trust for the past 12 months. Many thanks to our director, Catherine Dalton, for putting this newsletter..
2019 is the International Year of the Salmon. Atlantic salmon return every year from the sea to spawn in our rivers and streams. Sadly, the numbers of salmon have been declining rapidly in recent years. Reasons for the decline are mainly commercial fishing at sea, climate change affecting the oceans, impact of salmon farms at sea, and poor water quality in our rivers and streams where the young salmon live before they go down to the sea to grow to adults. Because numbers are now so low, a ban on the killing of wild salmon has been introduced as a conservation measure in Limerick rivers and many other rivers in Ireland. In the region of only 1200 salmon now return to the River Maigue and its tributaries (Camoge, Loobagh and Morningstgar rivers ) each year, whereas at least ten times that number returned in the mid-1970s. The Drumcamoge River, a small headwater stream of the River Camoge, flows near the communities of..
Historically, the Maigue was recognised as a salmon fishery. Up to the middle of the 17th century, there were at least seven head weirs in the Maigue estuary below Adare where salmon were taken. There were also two salmon weirs associated with the monastic settlements in Adare up to the dissolution of the monasteries (Went 1960). By the end of the 19th century, salmon runs had declined significantly, probably because of over fishing in the Shannon Estuary: “Let me direct your attention to the River Maigue, which flows into the Shannon estuary a few miles below Limerick. This was once a well-known salmon angling river, but according to the testimony of Mr. R., who was born on its banks, it has totally erased from people’s minds as a fishing stream owing to over-netting at its mouth and in the estuary, and consequent dearth of salmon. (A Salmon Fisher’s Revolt. A letter addressed by the Earl of Howth to the Irish Fisheries..
The Maigue Rivers Trust has commissioned Sweeney Consultancy to do biological assessment of the River Maigue to establish the biodiversity of the freshwater macroinvertebrate fauna and macrophyte flora, the status of the population of the protected white-clawed crayfish and the distribution of otters. A total of 110 macroinvertebrate taxa were identified from the 30 samples taken throughout the Maigue catchment. Seven of the taxa found were not previously recorded in Co. Limerick: two segmented worms (Nais pardalis and Nais variabilis), one stonefly (Diura bicaudate) and four caddisflies (Cheumatopsyche lepida, Lype reducta, Ithytricha sp. and Wormaldia sp.) If you would like to read more about the macroinvertebrates, white-clawed crayfish and the distribution of otters in the Maigue Catchment. The full report can be found on Maigue Instream Biodiversity Crayfish Otters..
- 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