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 much like to meet face-to-face in the community centre, this has not been possible due to Covid restrictions. The online meeting ‘Meet the Flood Team‘ still enabled us to meet in some capacity and discuss flooding in the area. The flood consultants, Philip Duffy and Vincent Bradley from McCloy Consulting were present as well as the Landowner Liaison Officer Mark Davenport.
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 Rivers Guardians Programme…..
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 well as information on how to get involved, upcoming events, training and any other items that we feel might be of interest to our supporters.
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 and would suit candidates who require flexible working hours. The last River Guardians Programme ran in 2019 (see details here) and this new and expanded programme will deliver both old and new courses and identify practical learning opportunities for volunteers.
Dec 2020 – The Inishowen Rivers Trust are delighted to be the recipients of a grant from ChangeMakers under their Seeds of Change Grant Scheme. The IRT will be using this funding to research one of our most secretive fish – the eel.
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 for this funding and we’re very excited about 2021. Hope you can join us!
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 posed by the audience ranging from engineering, biodiversity and natural solutions.
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 mountain skills training with expert trainer Bren Whelan. Our group had already met on the previous Wednesday night when we listened to Inga Bock, Donegal Rural Recreations Officer, provide advice on gaining permission from landowners to enter land. That night, due to Covid restrictions, we sat outside and even when it rained our hardy crew remained to listen to Inga!
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.