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Rosemarie Moulden Rosemarie MouldenRosemarie is an archaeologist and also has qualifications in countryside management and fisheries. She has been actively involved in various heritage and community projects, particularly in the […]

Green days with Green Sod Ireland and Scoil Eoghan NS

Recently the IRT were invited to join Green Sod Ireland as they begin their journey to restore a plot of ground at Meenletterbale near Kinnagoe Bay. The Long Glen River […]

Green days with GREEN SOD IRELAND

Aidan Assal and Ailise Fitzpatrick-Evans getting instructions on tree planting from Carlene Lyttle. Recently the IRT were invited to join Green Sod Ireland as they begin their journey to restore […]


Mervyn Norris On top of alll the work he does in his day to day life, he also finds time to serve on Inishowen Rivers Trust board and to voluneer […]


Margaret Farren She was on the committee for the preservation of St Columba’s Old Church in Straid and contributed articles to and edited their publication on the history and cultural […]

Tree Planting in Inishowen on National Tree Week

The Inishowen Rivers Trust celebrated National Tree Week by bringing together volunteers, local school children, at the invitation of Green Sod Ireland to preserve and protect our biodiversity and rivers […]

The Inishowen Rivers Trust were proud to be shortlisted in the category of Best Green Sustainable Initiative at the #LAMAAwards2024.

Meet Inishowen Rivers Trust’s Team

We are doing a series of posts to introduce you to our team members. First up is our chairperson Claire. If you are interested in getting involved, becoming a volunteer […]

TG4 Documentary -Tuilte featuring Trish Murphy (IRT) and Thomas Lawrence (TMRCG)

Inishowen Rivers Trust are very excited to announce that they will be on TV soon! Trish Murphy, Project Officer with the Trust, and previous trustee Tomas Lawrence (The Mill River […]


On Saturday we were treated to a fantastic visit to Sharagore Wetlands in Desertegney hosted by Wild Inishowen Club who have been working to restore this wetland and create a […]

Nomination for All Ireland Community and Council Awards Awards under Community Initiatives

Happy New Year

A message of thanks to our Volunteers in 2023 & Riverview Edition 7

As the year draws to a close, we wanted to take the opportunity to express our gratitude for your incredible dedication and unwavering support throughout this year. We are thrilled […]

Winter Water Workshop 3 – Deciphering Water Quality Data

Deciphering Water Quality Data Date and time:  Wed 29th Nov 2023 18:30 GMT Location:  Online Zoom Instructions:  Please click on the link below to reserve your place on this event. […]

Slow The Flow: Introducing Buffer +

We are Hiring

Applications are now CLOSED for this position. Please check back later. We will update this page as further posts become available. Peatland Restoration Project Officer (Inishowen area) For further information […]

Invitation to Winter Water Workshop 2- Rivers of Knowledge ONLINE Nov 23rd, 6:30 PM

Book your tickets on Eventbrite DETAILS OF EVENT Date and Time: Thurs November 23rd, 6:30 PM Location: Online – a Zoom invite will be sent on the day of the […]

Winter Water Workshops

Join us at the Inishowen Maritime Museum and Planetarium on Thursday at 6:30 pm as the we take to the skies during Science Week. Explore insights from space data and […]

Bredagh River Conservation Day Recap:

A heartfelt thank you extends to the incredible volunteers who joined us this past Saturday for the Bredagh River Conservation Day. Blessed with favorable weather and radiant sunshine, our dedicated […]

New Zealand ambassador interested in natural flood management in Inishowen. 

The Inishowen Rivers Trust (IRT) recently hosted the New Zealand ambassador to Ireland, Trevor Mallard, on a field trip to sites in Carndonagh and Clonmany to better understand how IRTs […]

Bredagh River Conservation Day on Saturday 11th November

The Inishowen Rivers Trust would like to invite you to join us for a Conservation Day on the Bredagh River, Moville. Since 2013 colleagues in Celebrate Water have been investing […]

Culdaff River Heritage Workshop

Inishowen Rivers Trust, Loughs Agency and Heritage Council bring together a workshop to share local Culdaff river stories and history. On Thursday 17th August, the Inishowen Rivers Trust, in association […]

Culdaff River Citizen Science Workshop inspires local students.

Culdaff, Co.Donegal – The Inishowen Rivers Trust (IRT), in collaboration with The Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO), recently engaged 23 students from St. Boden’s National School on an educational journey […]

Downstream Change, Source to Sea Workshop.

The weather is a common concern for the Inishowen Rivers Trust when planning an event. As the day for our Downstream Change, Source to Sea workshop approached, the forecasts had […]

Looking at Our Landscape with New Eyes

Heritage Council Funding allows the Inishowen Rivers Trust to host a trip around the landforms of Glenveagh National Park. Glenveagh National Park, 2nd July 2023 – Participants of the Inishowen […]


Due to the expansion of our operations, the Inishowen Rivers Trust now wish to engage another employee to provide administrative support for our current projects, in particular the River Guardians […]

Event – What’s Happening on Inishowen Rivers

Poster for Event

What’s Happening on Inishowen Rivers is a public event that brings together stakeholders from across Inishowen and beyond to discuss rivers, river management and take a look at what is happening locally to protect our rivers.

Back in 2017 the Inishowen Rivers Trust hosted an event called Who’s Who in Inishowen Rivers. This brought together community and agencies with a responsibility for water protection in this novel event to discuss who’s involved and what can be done.

Now 6 years later we are revisiting our Who’s Who but also looking at what has happened in the intervening years, how the science has changed and how the community has risen to the challenge of conserving and protecting our local rivers.

Join us for this novel event and meet the people involved. There will be a series of short talks followed by a look at different community groups around Inishowen and what they are doing to protect and conserve our rivers and the biodiversity that relies on them. There will be plenty of time for discussion and some light refreshments served.

Meet local groups
Meet the agencies
Hear about the latest research in river management
Networking opportunity
Have your say
If you would like to get involved or set up a stall, please contact John on 083 150 5680. Stall places are free and available to agencies and community groups.

Venue: An Grianan Hotel, Burt

Time: 6pm – 9pm

On the following day there will be a half day field trip to visit project sites in Inishowen. Spaces are limited. Details and booking for the field trip will be released closer to the event.

We’re Hiring! PT Project Officer

The IRT currently have a position open for a part time project officer. This is an exciting and challenging role and would suit someone with good communication skills, who has […]

ECO Carn launch Biodiversity Action Plan

On Monday 18th October 2021, the ECO Carn group officially launched the Biodiversity Action Plan for Carndonagh. Nestled in the centre of the Inishowen peninsula just south of Trawbreaga Bay […]

Cloontagh Catchment Project

June 2021 – The Inishowen Rivers Trust are delighted to be working in the Cloontagh Catchment in Clonmany over the next few months. This is the second project the Trust […]

Developing a Catchment Restoration Plan

23rd June 2021 – Sign up for a one day course with the River Restoration Centre on how to develop a plan to restore your local river

Fish Migration Patterns in Irish Rivers

Don’t miss this excellent webinar on fish migration into and within streams. Featuring fish experts Ken Whelan and Gareth Pedley

NFM Clonmany Project – Latest News

1st May 2021 – The Natural Flood Management project co-ordinated by the Inishowen Rivers Trust launched it’s first community meeting online on Thursday 29th April 2021. Although we would very […]

New Training Co-ordinator Appointed

18 Feb 2021 – We’re delighted to announce that Bren Whelan, popular mountain leader based in Muff, Co. Donegal, has taken up the role of training co-ordinator for the Inishowen […]

RiverView – IRT Newsletter Launched

23 Jan 2021 – The Inishowen Rivers Trust are delighted to announce the publication of your new electronic newsletter RIVERVIEW. This will features short news items from the Trust as […]

New Positions available

January 2021 – NEW POSITIONS AVAILABLE! The Inishowen Rivers Trust are currently seeking contractors to fulfill two roles for our Inishowen River Guardians Training Programme for 2021. These are part-time positions […]

Rethink Ireland Funding for River Guardians

Dec 11 2020 – WOW! We’ve just been awarded funding from Rethink Ireland’s INNOVATE TOGETHER FUND to expand our Inishowen River Guardians Programme. It’s been a very busy time preparing […]

Drainage & River Management Webinar

23 November 2020 An excellent evening with Ken Whelan and Rosemary McCloskey at our recent webinar (19th Nov 2020) discussing drainage in relation to river management. Lots of interesting questions […]

Drainage Webinar

November 2020 – Join us online as we invite Prof. Ken Whelan and Dr. Rosemary McCloskey to discuss drainage and water management issues and how this impacts on rivers.

The Hills of Inishowen

7th, 10th & 11th October 2020 – On a wet and windy Saturday morning, a group of hardy volunteers met outside of Carndonagh for the start of a weekend of […]

Leave No Trace / Mountaineering Skills Training

Coming October 2020 – The Inishowen Rivers Trust are delighted to announce our next River Guardians training module Leave No Trace with Mountaineering and Mapping Skills. This will be a very interesting and practical look at working outdoors, searching for rivers using a map and compass and dealing with the elements during the day and in dark conditions.

Riparian Rights & Responsibilities

19 Sept 2020 – The Inishowen Rivers Trust were delighted to welcome two highly knowledgeable speakers to our Riparian Rights & Responsibilities discussion held recently in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel, […]

Riverine Visit to Inishowen

On Sunday 9th August 2020, a group from the Strabane/Lifford area travelled to Inishowen to chat about all things riverine. The group have come together to discover, explore and protect […]

Heritage Hike to celebrate Water Heritage Day 2020

August 2020 – Local heritage expert, Dessie McCallion, will lead a heritage hike of the Meendoran and Lough Fad area above Clonmany village on Sunday 23rd August to celebrate Water […]

Community Collaboration on Nature Based Solutions

July 23rd 2020 – Members of the Clonmany community came together in the Community Centre on Thursday night July 23rd to discuss nature based solutions (NBS) for flood management with […]

New Project Officer

July 2020 – We are delighted to announce that Trish Murphy has become the first Project Officer for the Inishowen Rivers Trust, a newly created role that represents a significant […]

Flood Management in Clonmany

July 2020 – Like many parts of Inishowen and the North West, Clonmany village was badly effected by the flood of August 2017. Many residential homes, business premises and lands […]

Volunteering during Covid restrictions

June 2020 – Despite the lockdown and cancellation of many activities, there is still one Inishowen Rivers Trust volunteering activity that you can engage with – recording Invasive Alien Species […]

Watch Eco Eye online

April 2020 – Back in November 2019, the Eco Eye Production team visited Inishowen as part of their episode on water quality, On the Waterfront, in Series 18, Episode 5. […]

ECO Carn launches Wildflower recording form

ECO Carn – the community initiative in Carndonagh which aims to develop a biodiversity action plan for the town – has launched a new Wildflowers recording form to help capture […]

Our Tree Planting Season

March 2020 – Our tree planting season has ended 🙁 . We’re tired – and mucky – but very happy to have facilitated the planting of approximately 2000 native Irish […]

We Are Hiring!

Closing Date:  25th March 2020 at 5pm The Inishowen Rivers Trust are delighted to announce that we are now hiring our first ever staff member! Although the Trust has been […]

Can Nature-based solutions provide an answer?

Community discuss natural flood management measures February 2020 – On Friday 14th February, the Inishowen Rivers Trust invited the community to hear more about their research into Natural Water Retention […]

Tree Planting in Urris 2020

Saturday 22nd February 2020 – 10am – 3pm At the Inishowen Rivers Trust we love to encourage the planting of trees and this year again we are giving away native […]

Eco Eye

Eco Eye Visit to Inishowen November 2019 – The Inishowen Rivers Trust were delighted to welcome the Earth Horizons, an independent film production team, to Inishowen to meet with the […]

Gods, Gold & Graft

Gods, Gold & Graft: Lough Foyle’s Nature and Culture August 2019 – The Inishowen Rivers Trust are delighted to welcome Dr. Liam Campbell to Inishowen to deliver a fascinating insight […]

Inishowen Agricultural Show 2019

Busy times at the Carn Show! July 20th 2019 – The Trust had a great time at the Carn Show on Saturday 20th July. Lots of activity in the Food […]

Rivers Trusts in Ireland

the positive impact of trusts July 2019 – The Rivers Trust UK is the umbrella body of the rivers trusts movement across Ireland and the UK. Each year the Trust […]

Flood management techniques for Inishowen

May 2019 – Prof. Mary Bourke and her #Megafloods team are currently conducting a study on natural water retention measures (also known as natural flood management) on behalf of the […]

Inishowen Rivers Trust & Trinity College Dublin launch study into Natural Flood Management in Inishowen

Inishowen Rivers Trust receive funding from the Office of Public Works (OPW) to carry out study into the feasibility of using natural water retention measures in Inishowen.

Culdaff River Clean Up

Culdaff River Clean Up 2018 April 2018 – A great community event was held in Culdaff on Saturday 14th April 2018 in Culdaff were a number of different groups came […]

Woodlands for Water

October 2018 – The use of trees in natural flood management is well documented and in order to find out more about trees and the tree planting schemes available to […]

Restoring Rivers

September 2018 – Consultant engineer Dr. Barry Walls gave an excellent talk in Colgan Hall on 29th September 2018 as part of the Inishowen Rivers Trust’s explorations on the theme […]

Wild Trout Trust in Inishowen

Nov 2017 – In November Gareth Pedley from the Wild Trout Trust, UK visited Inishowen for an advisory visit of the Culdaff River. This was an excellent opportunity to walk […]

River Care – Knowledge Share

On Wednesday Feb 22nd the Inishowen Rivers Trust invited communities and agencies to gather and share their hopes and vision for the future of Inishowen’s precious rivers, loughs and coastal […]

Refresher – March 4th 2017

Please note this event is only open to volunteers who have been previously trained on riverfly monitoring. If you would like to learn more and are interested in being trained […]

Tree Planting in Moville

The Inishowen Rivers Trust recently took part in the One Million Trees in One Day initiative, a project of the Forestry Foundation, supported by the Woodland Trust. This ambitious project aims […]

Who’s Who on Inishowen Rivers

The Inishowen Rivers Trust invites communities and agencies to gather and share their hopes and vision for the future of Inishowen’s waters.

Invasive Alien Plant Species Workshop

Riverfly Monitoring Training

Communities agree to form an Inishowen Rivers Trust

Last Saturday people came together from all parts of Inishowen, representing all walks of life and unanimously agreed to form an Inishowen Rivers Trust. This is a significant decision for […]

Inish Times – June 2014

Bredagh River Trust