Burrenbeo September 2020 Snapshot

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Burrenbeo September 2020 Snapshot

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September Sunrise : Martin Kiely

Much like the stunning sunrise (above), it feels like a new beginning of sorts, a gradual re-emergence for many of us from our digital caves where we have been confined for a long time.   Throughout the country, the schools are reopening their doors for their students after six months.   At Burrenbeo Trust, we are now carefully planning some ‘real-life’ educational events with limited participation while continuing with our online programme.  Having an opportunity to connect with the outdoors and with other people is not something we take for granted anymore.  While things could change yet again, we are glad for this chink of light and grateful for the belief our members have shown in us and our work by continuing to support us through these uncertain times.  If you are an individual, a family, a school or a business that would like to join hands with us in our work for a sustainable future of this wonderful landscape, do consider supporting us at  https://burrenbeo.com/support-us/

Open call to Loughrea & Oranmore communities for Biodiversity Training

Are you in a local group from the Oranmore and Loughrea Municipal districts and interested in finding out more about biodiversity and how your group can make a difference in your local area?  Galway Rural Development (GRD) and Burrenbeo Trust are looking to recruit 6 community groups in this area to participate in our Community Biodiversity Training and Awareness Programme.  Participants will receive 10 hours of facilitated learning using the Áitbheo place-based learning approach, starting in January 2021.  Closing Date for applications is Monday the 12th of October.   For further info follow this link.

National Heritage Week 2020 – Archaeology and the BCVs

Many thanks to Field Monument Advisor for Co. Clare, Michael Lynch, archaeologist Elaine Lynch and Burrenbeo Conservation Volunteer Eileen O’Connor for a fascinating live online presentation on ‘Archaeology in the Burren: Excavating Mesolithic Hunter-Gatherer Sites with Volunteers’ on Wednesday 19th of August as part of National Heritage Week 2020.  The presentation is available to view at http://bit.ly/ArchaeologyintheBurren.  While the BCVs are not currently taking on new volunteers for archaeological work, they are restarting other activities in September – see related article.

Online Tea Talk

Stone walls of the Burren with Rory O’Shaughnessy

8pm, Wed, 9th September

Join us for our next monthly Tea Talk to delve into the heritage of dry stone walls of the Burren with Heritage Specialist, Tour Guide and Stonemason, Rory O’Shaughnessy.  Rory’s talk will give us an overview of the history of dry stone  walls of the Burren, their different styles and features, their construction and will also discuss the future of this integral yet sometimes overlooked part of our local heritage.  Admission is free but you need to register for the talk here.

Monthly Members’ Walks

After a break of 5 months, Burrenbeo’s monthly members’ walks are restarting from September on the first Sunday of each month, albeit with a maximum capacity of 15 places, booked online in advance, to comply with current Covid-19 guidelines.  Jesmond Harding, of Butterfly Conservation Ireland, will be leading a Butterfly Walk on Sunday 6th of September in the Burren region.  We would like to apologise for any disappointment caused due to this limit on numbers and thank all our members for their understanding.  We will try our best to increase opportunities for walks for our members as soon as it is feasible to do so.

Two-day training course on Place-based Learning

3rd – 4th Oct 2020, Kinvara

Burrenbeo Trust are running a 2 day training course on place-based learning on Sat 3rd & Sun 4th October, 2020.
The objective of this course is to provide teachers, educators, facilitators, and people with an interest in place-based learning, with some simple strategies and resources through which they can integrate the learning resource that is their local environment into the curriculum.

The course will be run in Kinvara, Co. Galway and out in the Burren, Co Clare.   Fee for the course is 50 Euros.   Course capacity is subject to Covid-19 guidelines. For further info follow this link. 

National Heritage Week 2020 – Burrenbeo video projects

Burrenbeo compiled two videos for this year’s Heritage Week celebrations.   The Practice of Winterage features three Burren farmers who talk about the invaluable legacy of winterage and what it means to them.   This video was supported by the Dept. of Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht as part of their showcase of Ireland’s Intangible Cultural Heritage for Heritage Week 2020.   The second video, Learning from the Landscape encapsulates key moments of our reimagined Learning Landscape Online (LLO) symposium.   It features leading experts like Richard Louv, David Sobel, and Lucy O’Hagan on how we can develop our sense of place and what are the implications of disconnecting from it.  If you feel inspired, do watch these talks in their entirety on our YouTube channel along with the other talks recorded from our LLO 2020 symposium.

Burrenbeo Conservation Volunteers

BCVs are back in business and trialling their first event with very limited numbers on the 5th September.  Please be patient whilst we get a solid working system in place to ensure everyone’s safety and apologies for the low numbers.  Depending upon the success of this trial event we will hopefully have a calendar of future events put into place soon.  For queries contact volunteer@burrenbeo.com 

Burren Winterage Festival

Plans are afoot to celebrate Burren Winterage this year between October 21st and 25th with a mixture of online events (Burren Winterage School, book launches, talks, photographic exhibitions, films and discussions) and ‘real-life’  local events like farm walks with limited places in accordance with Covid-19 guidelines.
More information coming soon but for now, do save the dates!

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 College of Art have an upcoming MFA Graduate Exhibition ‘Presence Out of Place’ from Sept 24th to Oct 9th.
StoneCutters Kitchen are open daily from 12.30 to 8pm and also have a new product – Homemade Brown Soda Bread Mix – which is available from the restaurant and from Burren Smokehouse in their Burren Baskets.
The Burrren Perfumery is open 11am to 5pm from Thursdays to Mondays and is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  Their Tea Rooms are open on a take-away basis with additional seating in the Garden.
For full information on our Business Members’ News and Events, please click here.
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.

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