Rue-leaved saxifrage or mórán balla (above) is in bloom in the Burren at present.  One of the tiniest flowers of the Burren, it can be hard to spot.  However, with its distinctive reddish, forked leaves and contrasting miniscule white flowers, this beautiful annual, found on walls, pavements and disturbed ground is worth the search.  It is wonderful to trace the transition of Spring to Summer through the arrival of new blooms to our landscape.  We hope you are enjoying the magic of wildflowers wherever you are.  Thank you, as ever, for your continued interest in, and support of, our work.  For those who don’t yet, we invite you to Support Us by becoming a member or donating.

 ‘Ten years a diggin’ – the story of 600 years of high-class living at Caherconnell Cashel’ with Michelle Comber

A Members-only Wonderful Wednesday Webinar 8pm, Wednesday, 9th June

Registration link to be sent to members

In this webinar we will hear from archaeologist Michelle Comber about her ongoing research on Caherconnell Cashel.  Caherconnell Cashel, in the heart of the Burren, was a high-status settlement built in the late 10th century, and lived-in right through to the start of the 17th century.  It is a site that adds significantly to our understanding of the monument type it belongs to – the ringfort – and also reveals much about a native family during unsettled medieval times.  The story of the people who built, lived, worked, and died there (and left behind over 1800 objects, or parts thereof!) has been uncovered over the course of ten summers of careful archaeological excavation.  This talk will present that story, a story that is still unfolding as various post-excavation specialists analyse progress. Registration link will be sent to members.  You can sign up to be a Burrenbeo member here.

Galway Biodiversity Training and Awareness Programme

Congratulations to our six communities (Gort, Ardrahan, Kinvara, Claregalway, Oranmore and Woodford) who launched their local biodiversity plans during Burren in Bloom.  The plans will be available shortly on Burrenbeo’s website and on the Galway County Heritage Office website.  Thanks to GRD (Galway Rural Development) for funding the training programme and to Galway County Council for covering the design and printing costs of the plans.

Áitbheo Training

Places are booking up fast for our annual Áitbheo Training for teachers, educators, and heritage trainers due to take place from 5th to 9th July 2021.   To register your interest in the course please email kate@burrenbeo.com.   The objective of this course is to provide primary schoolteachers, other educators, and people with an interest in place-based learning, with some simple strategies and resources through which they can effectively integrate the learning resource of their local environment into the school curriculum.

Burren in Bloom 2021 on YouTube

Our heartfelt thank you goes to all the  speakers who shared their knowledge and inspired us with their ideas for this year’s online Burren in Bloom.  We are thrilled with the positive response and feedback we have received for the talks.  We were particularly proud to learn about the work  many communities around Ireland are doing on enhancing biodiversity and protecting the heritage of their place.  If you missed any of the talks, they are now available to watch on our YouTube channel. 

Burren Conservation Volunteers

The BCVs are back in action, with their first event, after what seems like ages.  In line with the current Covid regulations a limited number of BCVs gathered for a coastal clean-up event on Sat 29th of May on the northwest coast of the Burren.  We hope to continue with our monthly volunteering events going forward and look forward to increasing the places on events when restrictions allow.  If you would like to sign up to be a Burrenbeo Conservation Volunteer, please email volunteer@burrenbeo.com

Planning a visit to the Burren? Consider supporting our
Business Friends

If you are planning a holiday or a visit to the Burren, please do consider supporting the businesses that continue to support us, through these difficult times.   You will find the logos of our business friends in the image below and their names and websites listed on our supporters webpage here. 

For information on ongoing community initiatives and events, please scroll down on the
Community News and Events page

Burrenbeo Business Members’ News in brief:

Burren Smokehouse is open, as a food shop, with smoked salmon, cheese, wines, Burren picnics and picnic tables available to buy.

Caherconnell Fort is now open daily for sheepdog demonstrations, self guided tours of the Fort and treasure hunts for younger visitors.

Clare’s Rock Accommodation is under new management and will be operating as self catering for families and groups in their two buildings.

St Tola Goat Cheese have launched new products –  St Tola Gold, a Greek style cheese in Newgrange Oil, and a new selection box, have been added to their on-line gift store.

For full information on our Business Members’ News and Events, please click here.

Support Burrenbeo’s Business friends

We encourage you to support those who support us!  Find the full list of our Business Friends or check them out in the image below. 

Burrenbeo Trust is a landscape charity that does not receive any core funding.  We work hard to sustain our 25 plus programmes each year, connecting people with place and their role in caring for them.  There are many ways you can support us.