Inishowen Rivers Guardians.

A River Guardian is a volunteer from the community who is trained to survey, monitor and restore the rivers, lakes and coastal areas of Inishowen.

River GuardiansInishowen Rivers Guardians. can take on a variety of roles – collecting data and returning information to the IRT, helping out on restoration projects and helping to increase our knowledge of our rivers and how we can best protect them.

2021 Programme

For 2021 the Trust have a new and exciting programme of courses to offer which have been funded by Rethink Ireland’s Innovate Together Award. Due to the current Covid restrictions we need to be flexible about how we work and learn and we have developed a blended approach to the programme. This year we will offer webinars, online guided tutorials, instructional videos, face-to-face outdoor training and perhaps even good old fashioned posting of material!

The events and training for 2021 are well underway. Courses book up quickly and we are often asked how they can find out when the courses registrations are released. There are several ways you can do this:

1. Follow us on Facebook
2. Follow us on our Eventbrite channel
3. Register as a volunteer

When you sign up as a volunteer (Volunteer Registration Form) you will get a direct email about the courses on offer. Our Training co-ordinator, Bren, will register your interest and provide all the information you need to do the course. He can also keep you informed of volunteer opportunities where you can put your new skills into practice.

Contact for more information.

list of the upcoming courses

A list of the upcoming courses are available here for download. Please note courses details (including dates) are subject to change. Please contact us for bookings details.

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Looking at Our Landscape with New Eyes

By trish | July 6, 2023

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 River Trust National River Guardians field trip to Glenveagh National Park have hailed the event as a “brilliant and informative day” that offered a fresh […]


By trish | May 19, 2023

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 National Training Programme. We are looking for an enthusiastic, ambitious and self-motivated individual to help drive our aims forward in what is an exciting and […]

Poster for Event

Event – What’s Happening on Inishowen Rivers

By trish | January 25, 2023

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

By trish | July 4, 2022

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 a keen interest in the environment. The job description can be DOWNLOADED HERE. Please submit your CV and a cover letter to Closing date […]

ECO Carn launch Biodiversity Action Plan

By trish | October 20, 2021

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 the town has excellent opportunities to create a thriving area for wildlife and improving the health of the environment and the community. The ECO Carn […]

Cloontagh Catchment Project

By trish | August 20, 2021

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 have secured funding for in this area and we are delighted to have a base in the area thanks to the generosity of the Clonmany […]

Developing a Catchment Restoration Plan

By trish | July 9, 2021

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

By trish | June 23, 2021

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

By trish | May 18, 2021

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‘ […]

New Training Co-ordinator Appointed

By trish | February 18, 2021

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…..

Download List Of The Upcoming Courses

The Development of the Inishowen River Guardians Programme

In 2018/2019 the IRT were awarded funding through the EU Leader Programme to offer a range of training modules. The modules were open to all participants who wished to get involved with the work of the Trust and the following courses were completed.

  • Riverfly Monitoring (ARMI Training)

  • Small Stream Characterisation Course (Atlantic Salmon Trust)

  • Electrofishing

  • Bank Erosion Control

  • Hydromorphology

  • Invasive Species Control

  • ArcGIS Online

  • Chainsaw Certification

Awardee of Innovate Together Fund 2020

These courses ran between December 2018 and October 2019 and the programme was a resounding success with 77 course places taken up by volunteers.

Due to the success of the programme, the IRT Board of Directors were keen to deliver more training and were delighted to be recipients of Rethink Ireland’s Innovate Together Award announced in December 2020. This new round of funding will help to to develop a new programme delivering additional courses (some old, some new) to further enhance the skills and knowledge of our volunteers. These new courses will be delivered using a blended learning approach, mixing instructional video, live online workshops and outdoor field trips. Dependent on Covid-19 restrictions, we hope to run these courses between April and September 2021.

If you would like to find out more about training with the Trust, please call 087 647 8183 or email