Walking and our Environment – 2019 Newsletters

April 2019
Mountains on stage Film Festival (skiing, alpinism, climbing). Wednesday 10th April in the Eye Cinema. https://www.mountainsonstage.com/programme

Women with Altitude Event, 17-19th May, Killary. Book now http://www.womenwithaltitude.ie
Established in 2011, this initiative promotes and facilitates women’s participation by providing support with skills training and leadership development, inspirational role models and opportunities to network.

Reporting on Galway Walking Club Talks evening 8th March in Menlo Park Hotel with

Miko Keane on Denali Alaska and Mt Manaslu Nepal,

In 2016, Miko undertook a gruelling, ice and snow-covered climb of Denali in Alaska. Carrying backpacks laden with tents and equipment, encountering terrible weather conditions and temperatures from 20 to 30 below, overcoming altitude sickness and pain, he reached the peak at 6400m. ‘It was a team effort, we all pulled together’.

In 2018, Miko undertook the steeper challenge of Mt Manaslu, Nepal. A 7-day trek from base camp at 4700m, initially through forests and mountain villages, then onto a roped-pinned ice and snow path upwards, over crevasses, along a narrow vertiginous track, Mike and his climbing companions reached the tiny made-for-two-people summit at 8153m, and unfurled the Irish flag against a stunning blue sky.

‘Once you’re clipped onto the line, you’re like a fish on the hook. Believe and trust in yourself and the team’. Miko assured us we could do it too. Bravo Miko, we are proud of you and wish you all the best on your challenge of the big one, Everest

Rory Sherlock, Mountain Rescue Ireland

Rory Sherlock’s team is our lifeline when we need one. Predominantly covering Connemara and Clare, with 15-20 call-outs a year, the afternoon is the high frequency time, with peak activity on Saturdays, and during the months of April and August. Lower limb fractures are the most common injury, followed by head injuries and medical issues. ECAS, the Emergency Call-out service is now based in the new Garda headquarters in Renmore and serves the west of Ireland from Galway to Donegal.

MRI is always looking for volunteers for their bag-packing fundraising days.

SAVE THE DATE: An MRI Howl at the Moon moonlight walk will take place on Saturday 12th October 2019.

Burrenbeo Learning Landscape Symposium, 10th March:

A thought-provoking woodland walk with Paddy Woodworth (environmentalist, journalist, author of Our Once and Future Planet) and Craig Bullock (environmentalist-economist) on the topic of Natural Capital:

‘We use nature because it is valuable. We lose it because it is free.’ (Pavan Sukhdev, special adviser to the UN environment programme’s green economy initiative and study leader for TEEB, The Economics of Ecosystems & Biodiversity – http://www.teebweb.org, a global initiative focused on ‘making nature’s values visible’).

What is natural capital? The elements of nature that produce value – directly and indirectly – to people, such as the stocks of forests, rivers, soil, minerals and oceans.

Check out the Irish Forum on Natural Capital http://www.naturalcapitalireland.com

And under Woodlands of Ireland, https://www.woodlandsofireland.com The Natural Capital Value of Native Woodland in Ireland by Craig Bullock, Jerry Hawe; provisioning (fuel, food, human use), regulating (climate, carbon sequestration, pollination, water filter, soil stability, flood mitigation), cultural (physical/mental/emotional health, aesthetic, spiritual, social, recreational, educational).

Mountaineering Ireland AGM 30th March 2019, Sports HQ Blanchardstown, Dublin – Report

Paul Barron (Chair), Paul Kellagher (President), Murrough McDonagh (CEO) addressed the meeting. Honorary membership was awarded to Patrick O’Sullivan for his long service and valuable contribution to MI over many years.

10 aspirant Walking Clubs were elected to Mountaineering Ireland.

The 2018 Financial Statement was approved.

There are 13,000 MI members, 10,000 are Club members, 3,000 individual members. 60% of the members are hillwalkers, the remaining 40% are climbers, bouldering members and low walkers.

The motion to increase the sub to MI to €35 was proposed by Simon Walsh, MI Board. It has been 14 years since the last increase. Insurance for members and operating costs have increased. The objectives are to clear the deficit and to increase development activities which they hope to achieve in 2020. There is also a strategic plan to increase membership.

The motion was passed with 32 for, 2 against.

The AGM was followed by the Members’ Forum.

March 2019

Mountaineering Ireland AGM – Saturday 30th March. Registration and refreshments at 1.30 pm. AGM and Members’ Forum at 2.00pm. Venue: Mountaineering Ireland Head Office, Irish Sports HQ, National Sports Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15. Members are invited to put forward motions for discussion at the AGM, through the Club Secretary, before 1st March.

Mountain Meitheal West. ‘Giving back!’ Reflecting on times when we walk a trail and find that it is mucky, slippery, impassable or eroding. For every seven times you walk, consider giving one day of maintenance. Join Mountain Meitheal West on Máméan on Saturday 30th March and the last Saturday of every month in 2019. For more info, email mountainmeithealwest@gmail.com

Learning Landscape Symposium 8th-10th March 2019 Burrenbeo Trust https://burrenbeo.com/our-work/learning/training-events/learning-landscape-symposium The symposium will investigate ways to use local resources to make learning a richer, more exciting and rewarding educational experience, as well as an opportunity to network with individuals that work in same sector. All situated in Kinvara and the Burren, the ultimate ‘outdoor classroom’. €80 to attend/ €65 if a member of Burrenbeo Trust.

School of Geography and Archaeology NUI Galway Spring Lunchtime Lecture Series 2019
The Studio, Town Hall Theatre Time: 1.10 -1.50 pm.

Thursday 7th March: Acknowledging the human side of farm succession and land mobility in later life: A roadmap for future generational renewal in agricultural policy. Speaker: Dr Shane Conway

Thursday 14th March: Elite settlement in North Roscommon, 1100-1350 Speaker: Dr Kieran O’Connor

Women with Altitude Event, 17-19th May, Killary. Book now http://www.womenwithaltitude.ie
Established in 2011, this initiative promotes and facilitate women’s participation by providing support with skills training and leadership development, inspirational role models and opportunities to network.

February 2019

School of Geography and Archaeology NUI Galway Spring Lunchtime Lecture Series 2019

The Studio, Town Hall Theatre, Time: 1.10 -1.50 pm.

Thurs 7th February: Between North and South, East and West. Prehistoric Connections and Transitions in Co. Roscommon. Speaker: Dr Carleton Jones.

Thurs 14th February: China and Global Value Chains in the Trump Era. Speaker: Professor Séamus Grimes.

Thurs 21st February: Gaelic Learned Family Settlements and Lifeways, 1200-1600 AD. Speaker: Professor Elizabeth Fitzpatrick.

Thurs 28th February: What’s Left to Do with Bogs? The History and Future of Irish Peatlands. Speaker: Dr Terry Morley.

Devon Park, Lower Salthill, Galway. ‘Devon Park – Where It All Began’ is a publication compiled by a number of residents of the area, including Galway Walking Club member, Mary Fahey, with stories and photographs dating from the 1930s and right up to more recent times. The publication was launched in December 2018. Lower Salthill is situated on the south west side of Galway city. Once part of the O’Hara family’s Lenaboy Estate at Taylor’s Hill, the lands extended over 239 acres from Taylor’s Hill and swept down towards the sea through Devon Park and Lenaboy Park. A wall was built around the estate, sections of which can be seen still along Taylor’s Hill and Lower Salthill near ‘Nile Lodge’ house. The development of houses in the Devon Park housing estate began in the early 1930s. ‘Devon Park – Where It All Began’ is available at Charlie Byrne’s and Kenny Books, Liosbaun Industrial Estate or http://www.kennys.ie.

Mountaineering Ireland – OUR MOUNTAIN ENVIRONMENT – Ireland has very little mountain land (less than 6% of our land area is above 300m and just 0.35% is above 600m). These areas are under pressure from a range of sources – changes in agricultural practice, renewable energy development, tourism development, climate change and increased recreational activity. As people who rely upon Ireland’s mountain environment for our recreation activities, we have a responsibility to be a voice for the protection of these special places.

Useful resources: • Protect Ireland’s mountains – short video about why Ireland’s mountains are important – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZFtC5SuS6I

• Walking With Wildlife – leaflet with information on common flora and fauna species found in Ireland’s upland areas – http://www.mountaineering.ie/_files/2014716152223_a2b48d00.pdf

January 2019

School of Geography and Archaeology NUI Galway Spring Lunchtime Lecture Series 2019
The Studio, Town Hall Theatre. Time: 1.10 -1.50 pm.

Thurs 24th January: Drones in Archaeology, Current Technology and Future Perspectives. This lecture will examine the current range of uses and the emerging technologies being applied to the discipline of archaeology. Speaker: Dr Paul Naessens

Thurs 31st January: State Supported Segregation? Examining School Choice and Migrant Clustering in Schools. This research examines how school enrolment policy and/or school choice has the potential to become instrumental in the creation of an ethnically segregated school system in Ireland. Speaker: Dr Valerie Ledwith.

Have your say on how we care for and enjoy Ireland’s natural and built heritage. The Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht is seeking feedback on a new national heritage plan – Heritage Ireland 2030. The vision in the plan is simple – that our heritage will be valued and protected. There’s a lot of potential in developing this new plan to strengthen the connections between people and our landscapes and natural heritage. Submit your views on how to deliver the vision, and your suggested actions using the link below. If you have suggestions that are relevant to the interests of hillwalkers and climbers please post below or email them to helen@mountaineering.ie for consideration in Mountaineering Ireland’s response to the consultation. See https://www.chg.gov.ie/heritage/heritageireland2030/?fbclid=IwAR1aCykhLueTfl0aDwtF7V3MFj77slLXnqm84jT_wpVd1sA6cTltJu9SuTg


Actions to help pollinators http://pollinators.ie/app/uploads/2018/04/Gardens_actions-to-help-pollinators-2018-WEB.pdf


Meitheal Ireland. http://mountainmeitheal.ie Our footprint has consequences. Get out, get dirty and give back! Join meitheal.west@gmail.com

Burrenbeo Trust is a landscape charity dedicated to connecting all of us to our places and our role in caring for them. https://burrenbeo.com

Galway city branch of Conservation Volunteers Ireland, working in public parks and woodlands. Contact cvgalway@gmail.com for notice before each activity. https://www.facebook.com/ConservationVolunteersGalway @ConservationVolunteersGalway

Bird Watch Ireland http://www.birdwatchireland.ie @BirdWatchIE

Irish Whales and Dolphin Group http://www.iwdg.ie

Bat Conservation Ireland http://www.batconservationireland.org

National Parks and Wildlife Service Ireland – https://www.npws.ie/national-parks National Parks, Protected sites, Nature reserves, Maps and data, Planning