Our Story

The Inishowen Rivers Trust is an environmental charity that aims to protect, restore and improve the rivers and natural waterbodies of the Inishowen Municipal District. Established as a Company Limited by Guarantee (CLG) in 2016 and as a charity in 2018, the IRT evolved from a local, community group and works both for the benefit of this community and for the environment in which we live.

The main aims of the Trust are to advance the education of the public, or any association, institution, voluntary organisation, company, local authority, administrative or governmental agency or public body or representative body in:

(a) The understanding of rivers, river corridors and river catchments, including their fauna, flora, biodiversity, economic or social activity, and river catchment management.

(b) The need for, and benefits of, conservation, protection, rehabilitation and improvement of aquatic environments.

The IRT has 8 members on the Board of Directors and one staff member. All board members work in a voluntary capacity. Our current Chairperson is Claire Thompson (Malin). The other 7 members of the Board are: Cass Bromley (Greencastle/Aberdeenshire), Seamus Canavan (Moville), Mark Davenport (Culdaff), Tomás Lawrence (Buncrana), Brendan McLaughlin (Buncrana), Rosemary McCloskey (Buncrana/Stroud) and Mervyn Norris (Tremone). Our Project Officer is Trish Murphy, based in Moville.

The IRT is a company limited by guarantee (587285) and a registered charity (RCN 20153106) with Charitable Status (CHY 22625).