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 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.

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Seeds of Change Award

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.

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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 for this funding and we’re very excited about 2021. Hope you can join us!

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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 posed by the audience ranging from engineering, biodiversity and natural solutions.

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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.

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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 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!

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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.

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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, Buncrana. Solicitor Paul McMahon from McMahon Legal, has written extensively on the subject of riparian rights and Rural Recreation Officer, Inga Bock, has many years of practical experience dealing with issues experienced by landowners in Donegal.

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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 their diverse region for the benefit of environmental protection and the IRT were delighted to welcome them to Inishowen.

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