Walking and our Environment – Newsletters

February 2020

Natural & Human Heritages Spring Lunchtime Series (School of Geography, Archaeology & Irish Studies, NUI Galway) TOWN HALL THEATRE, Thursdays 1.10 pm – 1.50 pm

Thursday 6th February:  The Dillon Family of Ahascragh, Co. Galway, Irish identities and the Clonbrock Photographic Collection, 1860s-1930s.  Speaker:  Una Kavanagh.

Thursday 13th February:  Back to the Future:  Renaissance Galway in the mid-seventeenth century.  Speaker:  Paul Walsh

Thursday 20th February:  Landscape and environmental history of Galway: prehistoric woodlands in the medieval city.  Speaker:  Dr Karen Molloy.

Thursday 27th February:   Genealogies of Irish dance in Galway, 1922 – 1992,  Speaker:  Dr Méabh Ní Fhuartáin.

Websites of interest

INFOMAR https://www.infomar.ie/   Ireland’s marine territory is 10 times greater than the land.  INFOMAR is a joint programme between the Geological Survey Ireland and the Marine Institute, surveying our unmapped marine territory and creating a range of integrated mapping products of the physical, chemical and biological features of the seabed.

CHERISH https://www.gsi.ie/en-ie/programmes-and-projects/marine-and-coastal-unit/projects/Pages/CHERISH.aspx   Climate, Heritage, and Environments of Reefs, Islands and Headlands is an EU ETC (Wales) programme, employing cutting-edge technology to analyse coastal and island archaeology and heritage sites most affected by climate change, coastal erosion, storminess and rising sea levels.

January 2020
Galway Walking Club 2020 Photo CompetitionTake the best photo, and win a PRIZE!
1st prize – €100 2nd prize €60 3rd prize €40
The Competition rules are:
o Photos must be taken on an official GWC walk in Ireland.
o Your name, the location and the date of your photo.
o Submit in jpg format.
photo per person.
o Photos to be taken between 16th January and 1st October 2020 (last submission date).
o Submit to
Terms & Conditions
1. Only Galway Walking Club members are eligible.
2. Entrants to the competition warrant that the photograph they submit has been taken by the entrant on a GWC walk, that it is their own and that as owner they are fully entitled to use it for the purpose of the GWC Competition.

3. Where the photo submitted to the Competition contains any person or persons the Entrant warrants that those persons have given their permission for the photograph to be used in the Competition and on the GWC website and social media.
4. The decision of the panel to judge the photographs shall be final.
5. Entrants who provide false or misleading information will automatically be disqualified.

Natural & Human Heritages Spring Lunchtime Series (School of Geography, Archaeology & Irish Studies, NUI Galway) TOWN HALL THEATRE, Thursdays 1.10 pm – 1.50 pm.
Thursday 23rd January: G is for Gold, G is for Galway – the story of ancient goldwork in Galway. Speaker: Prof Mary Cahill
Thursday 30th January: Bog-deal, in Irish giúis: What is it? What does it tell us about past environments? Speaker: Prof. Michael O’Connell
https://irishuplandsforum.org/publications/ A Profile of Irish Uplands, An All-Island Study Highlighting their Strategic Importance’, by Dr Brendan O’Keeffe, Dr Caroline Crowley. An overview of the status of Ireland’s uplands across a broad range of indicators, natural science criteria, elevation, natural vegetation, land character, location, demographics, socio-economics. Our uplands are a significant national asset, investment in sustaining them is on our collective interest.

Dark Skies by Tiffany Francis. In search of night skies, Tiffany Francis explores the natural world, and particularly the idiosyncrasies of birds and birdsong: ‘ Ripe, silky notes floated through the air and out into the ether, the first symphony of the morning bursting from the dark feathered chest of a male blackbird.’

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