Community

The self-organizing capacity of our world.

The paragraphs that really caught my attention are below as it reinforces my own beliefs and is the reason behind why we created this online platform:
“life wants to happen as a community and we are all part of it.”
“We live in a universe that is alive, creative, and experimenting all the time to discover what’s possible. We are rediscovering our interconnectedness; there are no isolated individuals in the natural world. Life seeks to affiliate with other life, and as it does that it makes more possibilities available, it makes more diversity possible”.

Kilrane Art Gallery is a Gem

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Well myself and my sister were passing recently and saw the proprietor, Patrick O’Reilly, outside preparing for reopening after Covid so we stopped and got out to have a chat. WHAT A GEM!
“Opened in 2018 and located in the village of Kilrane, Co. Wexford, The Kilrane Gallery is a space where Irish based artists, designers and makers can exhibit and sell their work. I have assembled a wonderful group of creatives and together we have established this beautiful space” – Patrick O’Reilly

Secret Valley Wildlife Park Need Your Help!

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It has now been over 7 weeks since we closed our gates to the public on the 17th of March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This has now started to take it’s toll. As a small wildlife park, which receives no government funding, we rely on entrance fees, school tours and our education workshops as our main sources of income.

We have managed to continue to give our animals the best possible care up to this point through online pre-ticket sales and animal sponsorship’s. Unfortunately this is no longer enough and we are asking for your help.

Open Day at Bumblebee Flower Farm Sunday March 29th

Bumblebee Flower Farm located in beautiful West Cork is having an Open Day on Sunday March 29th!

This is a wonderful opportunity to experience Bumblebee Flower Farm and gain an insight into what we do and why we do things the way we do.

Introducing you to the wonderful world of edible flowers, pollinator-friendly plantings and organically produced seasonal cut flowers.

There will be an informative talk and tour of the farm with seeds and recommendation for supportive plantings no matter what size your garden is.

A lovely day and a chance to meet like-minded people.

The first in our series of Farm open Days – What to expect:

  1. Guided Tour of the farm.
  2. Talk on planting schemes including suitable plants and flowers that support the whole lifecycle.
  3. Selection of pollinator-friendly seeds for you to take home and create your very own magical bumblebee oasis.
  4. Refreshments available using Bumblebee Flower Farm ingredients.

Details:

  • Sunday, March 29th
  • Bumblebee Farm, Castledonovan, Drimoleague, Co. Cork, Ireland
  • Price: €25 (children accompanied by an adult Free)

Global Strike for Climate Action Friday 20th September 2019

Press Release From Trócaire: A Global Strike for Climate Action has been called for Friday 20th September.

There’ll be millions marching across the world. 

You can join a strike taking place near you or you can organise your own action in your community. Together we’re going to make this the biggest mobilisation ever, because we know it works, and we know it’s urgent.

In March this year, 16,000 young people across Ireland and 1.6 million globally came out on a School Strike for climate action. The power of young people walking out of school was so strong, the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar had to come out and say he supported them.

A massive increase in climate action and ambition is urgently needed globally and here in Ireland. 

The impacts of climate change are already visible here in Ireland, and as we know only too well, it is having devastating impacts on poverty and hunger in the countries where Trócaire works. Communities in the Horn of Africa have experienced extremely low levels of rainfall for two consecutive seasons. This is coming after a severe drought two years ago. Communities simply do not have enough time to recover from the losses incurred from one drought before the next drought hits.

We need to make September 20th the moment in history after which no politician can allow further harm to our climate – and to do that, we all need to come out and support the young people who are leading the way, fighting for their future.  Click here for info on the Dublin and Cork #ClimateStrikes.

If you can’t make it to the Dublin or Cork strikes, you can organise something in your community/town or workplace. Go out on the street or to a local landmark with your colleagues at lunch and take a picture in support of the strike or meet up at your school gate or work entrance….more ideas here. If you are organising something please register it on the Action Map here.  

Our friends in the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition will add your event to this Map, which shows where similar events are happening around Ireland, there are already 50+ planned! Let’s show our decision makers that people right across the Island are calling for action.

All the resources you could need are here.  Once you register your event, you will be linked up with a brilliant team of Climate Strike Volunteers who will give you any support you need, getting into the local press, writing a press release or recruiting a team of helpers as well as attendees! 

Check out schoolsclimateaction.ie  and fridaysforfuture.ie to stay up to date.

Remember, join your local strike, or organise a local action and post it on the Action Map. See you on the streets on September 20th!

Polly Higgins – Stop Ecocide Become An Earth Protector

On April 22nd 2019 – Polly Higgins, one of the most inspiring figures in the green movement, died aged 50. For those who don’t know of Polly she dedicated her life to finding a way to create a legal duty of care for the Earth with the aim to impose a legal duty on governments to protect the public from dangerous industrial practices.

Right now, ecocide (destroying the Earth) is legally permitted.
Help us make it a crime.
There is nothing more powerful you can do with two minutes and a fiver. Visit www.stopecocide.earth/become to sign up.

WHAT IS ECOCIDE?
ECOCIDE is serious loss, damage or destruction of ecosystems, and includes climate and cultural damage.
We believe ECOCIDE should be recognised as an atrocity crime at the International Criminal Court – alongside Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity. ~ www.stopecocide.earth/ecocide

Celt Traditional Skills Galway

CELT – Promoting Sustainable Living and Nature Conservation

CELT, founded in 2001, is a national charity for environmental education and training and is an award-winning
provider of training in traditional and ecological skills, focused on promoting caring for the environment and living in a sustainable manner by using locally sourced natural and recycled materials to make the things we need – tools, buildings, furniture, utensils, sports equipment and toys. 
The CELT ‘Weekend in the Woods’ events are held 2 – 3 times a year at Slieve Aughty Centre (Loughrea, Co. Galway) attracting 100’s of participants interested in learning ecological and traditional skills and knowledge and also because of the scenic rural location and opportunity to enjoy the outdoors in between learning modules.
CELT is a member of AONTAS (National Association for Adult Education), achieving Special Commendation in their
Star Awards (2007) and has won numerous awards from the Heritage Council for traditional skills training and for
biodiversity projects (every year, 2002 – 2014) and were also first runners-up in the national Green Awards 2013
and in the eco-communities section of the national Pride of Place competition 2014.

Weekend In The Hills, Festival of Traditional Crafts.

Join us for two days of traditional skills courses taught by some of the countries leading craftspeople.
May 11th and 12th 2019 at eco and organic destination Slieve Aughty Centre in county Galway. 

Book your place or give someone you love the gift of a CELT Gift Voucher for a course of their choice! 

Shop Online Here >>
Courses include:

In the meantime connect with us on:
Twitter: @celtnet ; Facebook /celtskills or visit us online at www.celtnet.org
 

Walking Tours with CP Adventure

Our newest members CP Adventure offer a wide variety of activities in Dublin and the surrounding counties.

Last week I met up with Linda who took me out for a stroll in the Wicklow mountains. It was a Sunday morning and I had forgotten how busy Sundays’ are in the Dublin mountains with mountain bikers, families, dog walkers and hillwalkers all getting out and about for their weekly outdoor fix of fresh air and beautiful scenery. 
It was a glorious morning and as we walked Linda told me about some of the guided walks they offer for groups of 8 or more. Walks are customised according to the groups’ level of fitness and can be a half day or a full day in duration. Linda is currently putting together a super walk that will take groups from the start of The Wicklow Way in Marlay Park to Johnnie Foxes Pub in Glencullen (where I used to wait for the 44b to take me to school!) where the walkers can then relax over a delicious meal and a tipple or two before getting their coach back to their hotel. Book Me In! 
CP Adventure offer water activities with Kayaking, Canoeing, SUP and Wind Surfing all available as well as Archery, Air Rifle Shooting, Climbing, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Orienteering, Zipline, Hillwalking of course, Segway and Bike Rental. With professional qualified instructors you can be sure of a safe, fun day out in the hands of CP! 
If you’re interested in booking a great day out for your team, staff or club get in touch today via the form below and we’ll put together a great package for you! 
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The Sea Gardener

Seaweed Forager Marie Power is The Sea Gardener.

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Based in Co Waterford but providing foraging events nationwide Marie offers her years’ of experience and indepth knowledge of how to identify seaweed and create tasty and nutritious dishes with it.
There are a number of Sea Foraging Events throughout the year as well as the opportunity to book any of the following:

SEAWEED COOKERY WORKSHOP

A  comprehensive introduction to foraging for and cooking seaweed, including shore walk, cookery demo and tasting and talk & slide show on health benefits.
3 hours: €30

A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

A guided walk on the shore showing a range of edible seaweeds, the ecology of the rocky shore. Learn how to forage your own seaweed.  Finish with a beach picnic based on seaweed dishes.  A great time out for all the family.
1.5 hours: €20 per person, €50 per family of 2 adults and children.

GO WILD WITH SEAWEED

Take the Walk on the Wild Side a step  further and  turn your foraged  seaweed  into your  own picnic food.
2 hours: €25 per person  €45 per couple / family

SEAWEED SESSION WITH FRIENDS

An evening out with a group of friends, kicking off with a short talk on the wonders of seaweed, followed by  a light supper made of delectable dishes with seaweed. BYOB and make this a night of novelty and nourishment
2 hours: €35 per person.  Group rates available.
Marie has also published a pocketbook designed for seaweed foragers, “newby” and experienced. It describes the Top Ten edible seaweeds on the Irish coast in detail, with images and drawings of each one to help identify it correctly, recipes and cookery tips for each and information on health benefits and gardening uses.
You can purchase it online here >>
Try The Sea Gardener Food Products – Seaweed bars in the following flavors: Almond & Orange or Coconut & Lime Bars or her Mushroom & Black Olive Caponata here! You can read more about them here >>
To find out more about The Sea Gardener or to book or inquire about any of her events visit www.theseagardener.ie
Email: info@theseagardener.ie
Tel: +353(0)86 8124275
Facebook:The-Sea-Garden
Twitter:  @TheSeaGardener
Location is event based – Google map is for the Fenor, Waterford Meetup Point:

Bumblebee Flower Farm

Ruby Harte Floral Design now Bumble Bee farm

Locally Grown Chemical Free Organic Flowers for Weddings, Events, Corporate and Home Displays.

BumbleBee Farm is a family run flower farm nestled under Nowen Hill in idyllic West Cork at Bumble Bee Farm Nursery. Bumble Bee Farm is an oasis of magical floral abundance and in summer our exuberant flower fields play host to countless wild birds, bees, butterflies, ladybirds and a wealth of natural flora and fauna.

We are committed to providing a healthy and beautiful alternative to the chemical flower industry and invite you to experience the difference!

We grow and sell cut-flowers, garden plants & grasses and create, to order, beautiful displays of wedding flowers that reflect our passion for colour, texture and the best in nature.What sets us apart are the varieties of our gorgeous blooms that will arrive at your table with the dew of the garden still fresh on their petals.

BumbleBee Farm  also offer a number of floral workshops over the year and is located just outside the village of Drimoleague in the heart of West Cork.

Email: hello@bumblebeeflowerfarm.ie

Web: bumblebeeflowerfarm.ie

Facebook: /bumblebeefarmireland/

Twitter: @BumblebeeFarm_

Check out our EcoTour Blog when we met Mags & Steve in West Cork >>

Bumble Bee Farm, Leitry Upper Castledonovan, Drimoleague, West Cork

Telephone:
Steve + 353 86 8251380
Mags +353 86 0823318
Bumble Bee Farm +353 28 32892

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