February Events

CCEN / VISUAL Environmental Film Festival

Press Release – CCEN / VISUAL Environmental Film Festival

Introducing the CCEN / VISUAL Environmental Film Festival

Carlow County Environmental Network present their first Environmental Film festival in association with VISUAL Carlow.  Running on the third Wednesday of the month these free film nights will begin with ‘Home’ on the 19th of February at 7pm.

The County Carlow Environmental Network are delighted to announce their first (and hopefully annual) Environmental Film Festival at the VISUAL Carlow.  Over the course of four evenings spread over four months the aim of the festival is to inform and empower the Carlow community to act on environmental issues which affect us all.  

Running on the third Wednesday of the month from February to May, each evening will introduce a separate theme dealing with various aspects of current environmental issues.  The films have been carefully selected for their uplifting, solution- focused, and informative stories.  We begin with ‘Home’ on the 19th of February which introduces us to our planet from the air and gives an overview of some of the issues affecting it.  On the 18th of March River Blue shows us the impact of fast fashion following river advocate Mark Angelo as he paddles around some of the most beautiful- and polluted- rivers in the world.  On the 15th of April, just in time for Spring Clean Month our film is Closing the Loop which presents solutions to our waste problems.  On our final evening, May 20th we will show two films. A Drop in the Ocean is produced by Irish aid organisation Trocaire, and gives an Irish perspective of Climate Change.  The Race is On outlines some solutions to this globally and reminds us that the power is with us to change things. 

Entrance on the evenings is free.  Films are suitable for all ages and all are welcome. 

The VISUAL Carlow is wheelchair and buggy accessible.  There will be refreshments available on the night and prizes to be won.  Expected runtime is 7-9pm each night.  If coming as a group of more that 10 please contact us so that we can make accommodations for you in the theatre. 

The CCEN is a voluntary organisation that aims to empower the communities of Carlow town and county to take action in tackling current environmental issues through simple, positive actions.  We meet on the first Tuesday of every month at An Gairdín Beo in Carlow Town at 7pm.  New members are always welcome. 
Contact us::
Facebook: @CarlowEnvironmentalNetwork
Website: ccen.ie/environmental-film-festival
Contact: info@ccen.ie

Yoga and Detox Weekend Galway

Yoga and Detox Weekend Slieve Aughty, Ireland

Slieve Aughty Yoga WeekendA new start to the year, treat yourself to a breath-taking journey to well-being
  • Daily yoga class
  • 3 day juice cleanse with mixes of fresh, organic fruit and vegetables
  • Organic lunch and dinner at The Three Towers Organic Kitchen
  • Mindfulness walks in Kylebrack Wood
  • Unconditional love from our furry farm animal therapists
  • Take time to escape, unwind and recuperate
  • 2 nights shared accommodation at The Three Towers Eco House (single supplement of €20 per night applies)

Slieve Aughty Yoga Weekend26th-28th February
To book call 090 97 45 246
Email info@slieveaughtycentre.com
www.slieveaughtycentre.com
 

Basket Weaving Workshop

Basketry at Beechdale Garden Centre, Enniscorthy

If you’ve been watching 10,000BC on Channel 5 you will be more than aware of the importance of knowing how to create your own basket for foraging and collecting food!
Barbara Kelly will be teaching a basketry workshop at Beechdale Garden Centre on Thursday February 26th 2015
Date: Thursday 26th February 2015
Time: 10.00 – 16.30
Cost: €60 – A non refundable deposit of €30 is required to secure a place.
Places are limited so booking is advised!
Incidentally, Beechdale GC are running a number of FREE events this spring for the home gardener – Check out their Facebook Events for all the latest updates.
In the meantime, for your listening pleasure I recorded their ‘Woodstock’ Apollo Windchime – It is amazing! You can buy a variey of Woodstock windchimes via their online store here >>

Norway Adventure 2015

Adventure Burren are Heading to Norway

Christy from Adventure Burren is putting together an overseas skiing trip to beautiful Norway in February 2015!
Christy was recently invited to Norway where he experienced firsthand some of their fabulous walking and riding trails. He is now putting together plans for a skiing trip there during the February mid term of 2015 (exact date to be confirmed) .
Minimum number of 8 people are required and the cost will be around €1,800 including travel on SAS plus, accommodation, ski hire, lift passes and lesson everyday, guided cross country one day and transfers.
If your interested in being included on this trip then contact Christy directly to register your interest at christy@adventureburren.com

Christmas Walks in the Burren

Adventure Burren will be doing a number of short walks over Christmas. They will be listed on our Facebook page as they will be weather dependant so check back regularly at Facebook.com/AdventureBurren
For more information on Adventure Burren visit their profile page here >>

Friluftsliv Experience from Bratt Moro on Vimeo.

Ballybunion Ecotreks with Danny

Ecotrek Ballybunion -Walking Holidays in Kerry

Ecotrek Ballybunion is a unique personal guided tour with local historian and pipe player Danny Houlihan. Danny has vast local knowledge of the area and is a pleasure to listen to as he tells tales of ancient chiefs, local heroes and you can even have a go at playing the uilleann pipes!
He offers tours to small groups and ( upon appointment) individuals taking them around the stunning coastal scenery of Ballybunion in gorgeous Co Kerry. The trails are part of The Wild Atlantic Way – Possibly the wildest parts!!
Open year round – booking essential.
Call Danny today on +353 (0)87 353613 – it’s best to call him than email 🙂
Read about our recent trip to Kerry where we met up with Danny for a few hours >>
Find more links to Dannys’ Facebook, Twitter etc here >>
ecotrek-ballybunion
 
 

Trip To BallyBunion

BallyBunion Eco Tourism Trails

Last week I had the opportunity to go to Tralee in Co Kerry for a business Conference with my sister TweetingGoddess. I decided to make the most of my trip by also visiting Ballybunion during my stay so I called ahead and arranged to meet local historian and ecotrek founder Danny Houlihan of ecotrekballybunion.com.
Danny met me at the beach and we headed around his trail whilst he shared local information and vivid historic tales that would not be unusual in a Game of Thrones episode!
From a Chiefs sacrifice of his nine beautiful daughters to Fionn Mac Chumhaills epic battles Danny made the trip so interesting we even had passers by stopping to listen in and hear him play the pipes!
After my time with Danny we headed out of Ballybunion for a mile to visit Mike of Bromore Cliffs – This spectacular piece of scenery took our breath away and Mike was such a lovely friendly guy telling us about a local picnic that had been held in the field there the week before. It all sounded very famous five!
Mike also has a gorgeous self catering cottage available for rent and the best thing about all this is that it’s open in the winter months too! I’ll be heading down that way again soon to include a local cheesmaker and more so do check back as we will adding these trails to our website in the coming months. Meantime Here are some photos of the spectacular scenery available in Beautiful Ballybunion!

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Surfing in Bundoran Donegal

Bundoran Surf Co

Surfing is a great sport to be enjoyed by people of all ages and fitness levels. It is a great way to pick up a new sport or even just an excuse to get into the great outdoors.
Beginner lessons take place in waist deep water so don’t worry if you aren’t confident in the water. Our Surf School is approved by the Irish Surfing Association, all lessons are fully insured and all instructors are qualified beach lifeguards.
bundoran-surfing-lessonsInformation about beginner surf lessons:

  • Adult €30 (3 lessons €85, 4 €110, 5 €130 on consecutive days).
    Groups of 7 and more €25pp.
  • Kids €25 (from 8 to 16yrs inclusive).
    Groups of 16 and more €20pp.

Lessons run at 10am and 2pm all year round.
5pm lesson available on request.
All instruction and equipment provided.
Transport to and from beach included.
The lessons last for about 3 hours.
Changing facilities, hot showers, and a hot drink after the session included.
All you need is a towel and swimwear.
We use 4/3mm suits in summer and 5/4/3mm suits in winter.
www.bundoransurfco.com

Canoe and Camp Holidays Ireland

Paddle your own Canoe breaks

“Paddle your own Canoe” holidays on the beautiful, peaceful and
interesting Barrow river.
Enjoy a holiday with everything you need supplied both in the form of equipment and also local information and suggested stop offs from our newest member ‘Go with the Flow’.

Your canoe holiday generally starts in the quiet town of
Monasterevin.
We will meet you by the river with your two-seat canoe and paddles, some dry bags, buoyancy jackets and a Kelly kettle (Always nice be able to pull in and have a brew with out reliance on the grid) and if required a tent.
Typically you will be paddling for 2/3 hours in the morning and  similar again after lunch. The river is very peaceful and quite intimate. There is an abundance of nature and wildlife all around. Walkway along the route is popular so you can expect many friendly faces, waves and chats and there are also many houses and old cottages, ancient ruined castles, farms, pubs, restaurants and stately homes. Each little town and village has its own unique character with plenty to offer the curious tourist.
An audio guide to accompany you on your expedition is available as part of the Guidigo series. You can download the app via Google Play here then download Barrow way Historic trail.

canoe holidays irelandCamping – (based on two people sharing) is wild camping. We can supply you with a tent and a kettle. When ever you feel like calling it a day you just pull over, set up tent and settle down for a relaxing evening and night in the great outdoors.
Leave no trace policy applies.
Camping and Canoeing:

  • 5 days/4 nights only €100 pp
  • High season (June/July/Aug) €150 pp 

Includes:

  • Canoe rental and canoe transportation
  • Dry Barrels
  • Safety equipment
  • Guide book
  • Minimum 2 people

Alternatively you can decide to stay in one of our carefully selected bed and breakfasts or hotels – see rates below:
B&B
5 day 4 night €249pp – High season (July /August) €299pp
3 Star Hotel
5 day4 nights €299pp – High season (July /August) €349pp

4 Star Hotel
5 day 4 nights €359pp- High season (July /August) €399pp
For those choosing a B&B or Hotel option you will have a set finish point each day. Usually no more than 20k going with the flow.
Sample Itinerary:

  • Day 1 Monasterevin to Athy
  • Day 2 Athy to Carlow
  • Day 3 Carlow to Leighlinbridge
  • Day 4 Leighlinbridge to Goresbridge
  • Day 5 Goresbridge to St Mullins

It is also possible to add an additional night or two along the way and/or spend two nights in one of the towns or villages enroute. Contact us directly for details of custom trips.
www.gowiththeflow.ie
 

January – February Events 2014

Eco Tourism Events Ireland Jan-Feb 2014

Coming up:
It may be Winter but there’s still lot’s of fun outdoor activities that you can enjoy with our EAI members:
Mountain Skills Course
11th January 2014 – Two day course
01st February 2014 – Two day course
Pre-Booking Essential
https://ecoactivesocial.com/mountain-skills-courses/
Lampshade (stained glass) and Jewelry (fused glass) weekend
Sat/Sun 22/23 Feb.
Pre-Booking Essential
https://ecoactivesocial.com/stained-and-fused-glass-workshops-mayo/
Gold Panning Every Saturday Pre-Booking Essential
https://ecoactivesocial.com/theres-gold-in-them-there-hills/
Avoca Mines Walk -Saturdays and Sundays Pre-Booking Essential
https://ecoactivesocial.com/avoca-mines-guided-walk/
Irish Seaweed Safari – Daily – Pre-Booking Essential
https://ecoactivesocial.com/irish-seaweed-safaris/
Sea Kayaking and Surfing – Daily – Pre-Booking Essential
https://ecoactivesocial.com/sea-kayaking/
Burren Walks and Climbing Days – Pre-Booking Essential
https://ecoactivesocial.com/burren-rocks-walking-tours/

Mountain Skills Courses

Mountain Skills Now Available

We are delighted to have mountain skills courses now available to book online.
I did one of these courses many moons ago and found them to be very interesting and good fun too! Ideal for those of you that go walking or hiking or even just look at stars and wonder what it’s all about!
Our Walking Guide is Christopher Stacey and here is what he has to say about these courses:
Our courses are broken down into modules to cover map reading, feature recognition, pacing and timing, taking and following a compass bearing, a short night navigation exercise, understanding mountain weather and its effects, how to organise and plan a safe walk, equipment and environmental issues.
90% of the course is practical and done on the mountain with only two short indoor sessions.
All our courses are run by approved instructors and under the syllabus of BOS or Bord Oiliuint, which is the Irish Mountain Training Board. BOS develops and administers training schemes.
There are two levels of mountain skills both of which are available between now and April 2014.
Both courses are 2 day courses and you are advised to ensure you have proper equipment with you.
Course Dates:
Mountain skills 1:

  • 11th January 2014 – Two day course
  • 01st February 2014 – Two day course
  • 22nd February 2014 – Two day course
  • 08th March 2014 – Two day course
  • 05th April  – Two day course

 
Mountain skills 2:

  • 07th December 2014 – Two day course
  • 25th January 2014  – Two day course
  • 15th February 2014  – Two day course
  • 22nd March 2014  – Two day course
  • 26th April 2014  – Two day course 

Cost : €120 Per weekend
Does not include: Food or Accommodation
EAI Map Ref: Glendalough Hotel (Meeting Point), Co Wicklow >>
Book now