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Conversation Three

Guided walk – Armada and Fossils

Before every Conversation there is a guided walk on a unique part of our Community. This week Dr Deirdre Lewis and Eddie O’Gorman will lead a free guided walk on fossils and the Armada story at 12.30 on Streedagh Beach. Everyone is welcome. Looking forward to seeing you.

Harnessing our Landscape

The Old Court House, Grange Co Sligo
Sat March 28th 2.30pm


Dr Deirdre Lewis, Unlocking Our Landscape’s Potential

Harnessing Our Landscape speaker, Dr Deirdre Lewis is a professional geologist and leads SLR Environmental Consulting’s (SLR) strategic planning team for integrated rural recreation infrastructure and low impact tourism, providing advice to national and local authorities, LEADER and communities in recreation, landscape and cultural heritage projects.
Projects include:
National Pilot Mountain Access Scheme for the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, Co Kerry to develop a workable model for permissive recreational access to the uplands with landowners, leading to the establishment of the Reeks Mountain Forum.
Recreational Strategy for County Leitrim in association with Leitrim Development Company, Leitrim Co Council and a range of recreational interests, community activists and SMEs, and were instrumental in the establishment of the Leitrim Recreation Forum.
Deirdre is a member of the Royal Irish Academy’s Geosciences Committee and was is the immediate past President of the Institute of Geologists in Ireland. She is active in public outreach and education, and was a member of Ireland’s UN International Year of Planet Earth committee.

Padraig White, Former Managing Director IDA

Nuala McNulty, The Story of Leitrim Landscapes

Siobhan Ryan, Heritage Officer, Sligo County Council

Siobhán Ryan, originally from County Offaly, living and working in County Sligo since 1996.
An ecologist by training, with a degree in zoology, a diploma in archaeology and a masters in biodiversity and planning, Siobhan worked with Sligo County Council from 1996-1999 as a researcher on an EU Life programme for the Lough Gill Catchment and then appointed as Heritage Officer with Sligo County Council in 1999 and has been in the post for 16 years. Day to day work is to co-ordinate heritage programmes for County Sligo through the work of the County Sligo Heritage Forum, implementation of the County Sligo Heritage Plan and the County Sligo Biodiversity Action Plan. In general, implement heritage projects and advise the Council on heritage and planning matters relating to archaeology, built heritage and biodiversity. Currently reviewing the County Sligo Heritage Plan, and a member of Sligo County Councils working groups for Yeats 2015 and Ireland 2016. Heritage as defined in the Heritage Act (1995) encompasses Landscapes and Seascapes.

Shane Gallagher, The Wild Atlantic Salmon Story

County Leitrim has the shortest coastline of any county in Ireland at just 2.5 miles. However despite such a tiny coastline the county punches well above its weight in terms of its connection to the Atlantic. The county boundary is formed by two very important salmon rivers which can both trace their fishing heritage to the time of St. Patrick. Shane will will speak on The Wild Atlantic Salmon Story

Tom Morgan, Poet, Field Names & Places, A Reflection

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