General Public Events 2015

Prebooking required for Brian Ború Eco Heritage Talk and the Botanical Drawing session. Book with Eleanor Reade ereade@wit.ie or 051 302037.

The Bealtaine Living Earth Festival is a partnership of groups interested in Celebrating our Living Earth in the Southeast of Ireland and is coordinated by Calmast. Waterford IT through Calmast offers a wide range of science, technology, engineering and maths programmes for schools in the Southeast, attracting over 12,000 visitors to four annual festivals: Maths Week Ireland, Robert Boyle Science Week, The Robert Boyle Summer School, Waterford Engineering Week and Bealtaine Living Earth Festival.

The following events are all FREE and are suitable for families and members of the general public. All under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

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Brian Ború Eco-Heritage Talk (Sat 16th)

Seaweed Gardening

Rocky Shore Eco-Tour

Red Trail Guided Walk of JFK Arboretum

Fascination of Plants Day Guided Walk Brian Ború Eco-Heritage Talk (Mon 18th) Medicinal Uses of Plants Eco-Walk Growing Your Own Food, for a Healthy, Happy You
Woodland Mammal Walk Nature Trail of JFK Arboretum Birds of Ireland Dusk Walk Treasures of the Earth
Irish Whale and Dolphin Group Public Lecture Native Woodlands Citizen Action Afternoon Botanical Art Workshop Guided Walk of JFK Arboretum (Sat 23rd)
Giant Mosaic Creation Guided Walk of JFK Arboretum (Sun 24th)

 

Events on Saturday 16th May


Brian Ború Eco-Heritage Talk      grace

 

PLEASE NOTE, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED, ALL BOOKINGS WILL BE HONOURED ON MONDAY 18th MAY INSTEAD

Presented by: Grace O Sullivan and Tony McLoughlin, Waterford Estuary Cruises

Event location: Waterford City Marina, Entrance opposite Reginald's Tower

Time: 19:00-19:30 & 20:00-20:30

Description:

Step aboard the Brian Ború, a 56 foot traditional sailing ship for a talk about the fascinating biodiversity along the Suir River Estuary. Learn how this old fishing vessel was reclaimed and hear about upcoming eco-heritage discovery cruises throughout the summer. Places are limited so booking is essential.

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Events on Sunday 17th May

 

Seaweed Gardening      sea gardIWT

 

Presented by: Marie Power, Irish Wildlife Trust

Event location: Meet in car park of Kilfarrasy Strand, Co Waterford

Time: 11:00-12:00

Description:

A guided beach walk, exploring edible sea-weeds and Irish shore-life with Marie Power, author of “The Sea Garden: A Guide to seaweed cookery and foraging.”

What you need to bring: Wellington boots, walking shoes or other footwear with good grips.

www.theseagardener.ie

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Rocky Shore Eco-Tour      oceanics logo

 

Presented by: Sinéad Cheevers, Oceanics Surf School and Marine Education Centre

Event location: Taking place in Tramore strand rockpools- participants will meet at the Red Cottage at Tramore Strand

Time: 11:00-12:30

Description:

Become Rockpool Explorers as you peer into the many tidal habitats and natural touch pools with your Oceanics Guides.  This exploration of Tramore's rocky shoreline is hands on Science and Nature where you can enjoy outdoor science in a fun and interactive way.

What you need to bring: Wellington boots, walking shoes or other footwear with good grips.

www.oceanics.ie

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Red Trail Guided Walk of JFK Arboretum      opw

 

Presented by: JFK Arboretum Staff, Office of Public Works

Event Location: Meet at Flagpoles outside JFK Arboretum visitor centre

Time: 15:00-16:00

Description:

A guided walk suitable for families. This is a fun, informal way of experiencing the botany and wildlife of this area of the park up close.

What you need to bring: Comfortable walking shoes, weatherproof clothing

www.heritageireland.ie

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Events on Monday 18th May- Fascination of Plants Dayfop 2015

 

Fascination of Plants Day Guided Walk      opw

 

Presented by: JFK Arboretum Staff, Office of Public Works

Event location: Meet at Flagpoles outside JFK Arboretum visitor centre

Time: 15:00-16:00

Description:

Celebrate Fascination of Plants Day with this guided walk for adults that will explore many of the everyday uses of the plants of the park.

What you need to bring: Comfortable walking shoes, weatherproof clothing

www.heritageireland.ie

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Brian Ború Eco-Heritage Talk      grace

 

Presented by: Grace O Sullivan and Tony McLoughlin, Waterford Estuary Cruises

Event location: Waterford City Marina, Entrance opposite Reginald's Tower

Time: 19:00-19:30 & 20:00-20:30

Description:

Step aboard the Brian Ború, a 56 foot traditional sailing ship for a talk about the fascinating biodiversity along the Suir River Estuary. Learn how this old fishing vessel was reclaimed and hear about upcoming eco-heritage discovery cruises throughout the summer. Places are limited so booking is essential.

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Events on Tuesday 19th May

 

Medicinal Uses of Plants Eco-Walk      opw

 

Presented by: JFK Arboretum Staff, Office of Public Works

Event location: Meet at Flagpoles outside JFK Arboretum visitor centre

Time: 15:00-16:00

Description:

Guided walk focusing on the medicinal properties of the varied plant life in the park. Why not come along and learn a little more about some of the plants found in everyday life, many of which have hidden qualities.

What you need to bring: Comfortable walking shoes, weatherproof clothing.

www.heritageireland.ie

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Growing Your Own Food for a Healthy, Happy You  GIY

 

Presented by: Michael Kelly, GIY International

Event location: Ardkeen Library, Waterford City

Time: 18:30-19:30

Description:

GIY Founder and author of “GROW COOK EAT” Michael Kelly will talk about a typical growing year in his own garden in Dunmore East. Learn about the GIY movement which was founded in Waterford in 2009 and now supports over 65,000 people annually who grow their own food at home, school or work.

www.giyinternational.org

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Woodland Mammal Walk      mise

 

Presented by: Andrew Harrington & Dr Denise O Meara, MISE Project

Event location: Portlaw Wood- meet in car park, Co Waterford

Time: 20:00-22:00

Description:

A walk in Portlaw Wood hosted by the Mammals in a Sustainable Environment (MISE) Research Group from Waterford Institute of Technology. Learn the tell-tale signs of Ireland’s native mammals with ecological experts.

What you need to bring: Comfortable walking shoes, torch, weatherproof clothes

www.miseproject.ie

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Event location: https://www.google.com/maps/dir//Unnamed+Rd,+Co.+Waterford,+Ireland/@52.2858158,-7.324086,15z/data=!4m8!4m7!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x4842da3f7ee7795f:0x3e31b46d8d32b718!2m2!1d-7.3180334!2d52.2775917

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Events on Wednesday 20th May


Nature Trail JFK Arboretum      opw

Presented by: JFK Arboretum Staff, Office of Public Works

Event location: Meet at Flagpoles outside JFK Arboretum visitor centre

Time: 15:00-16:00

Description:

This informative nature trail is open to the public and will take in the beauty of the arboretum as well as showcasing some of the science behind the plants.

What you need to bring: Comfortable walking shoes, weatherproof clothing.

www.heritageireland.ie

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Birds of Ireland Dusk Walk

 

Presented by: Eric Dempsey, Birds Ireland

Event location: Meet at the bandstand in The People's Park, Waterford City

Time: 20:00-21:30

Description:

A dusk walk with author and broadcaster Eric Dempsey. Eric is well known from the Mooney Show and for his many books about the birds of Ireland. He will introduce the common birds of the city and demonstrate how to identify them through their calls.

What you need to bring: Comfortable walking shoes, weatherproof clothing

www.birdsireland.com

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Events on Thursday 21st May


Treasures of the Earth      Copper Coastglane

 

Presented by: Tina Keating, Copper Cast Geopark

Event location: Garter Lane Gallery, O Connell Street, Waterford City (next to Delaney's florist). Please note that access is limited due to staircase leading to venue.

Time: 19:30-21:00

Description:

A presentation by Tina Keating Copper Coast Gemmologist hosted by Garter Lane Gallery. This introduction to the fascinating world of gemstones will demonstrate why some are prized more highly than others and how similar looking gems can be distinguished from one another. Afterwards, participants will have a chance to use some of the equipment involved such as microscopes, spectroscopes and diamond testers.

Please note that if you so wish, tickets for this free event can be collected from Garter Lane Arts Centre.

www.coppercoastgeopark.com

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Irish Whale & Dolphin Group Lectureiwdgcouncil logo

 

Presented by: Deirdre Slevin, Irish Whale &  Dolphin Group

Event location: Greyfriars Municipal Art Gallery, Waterford City

Time: 20:00-21:00

Description:

This public lecture hosted by the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group, Waterford City and Council and  Greyfriar’s Municipal Art Gallery will showcase the important and fascinating research undertaken by the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group.

www.iwdg.ie

www.waterfordcouncil.ie

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Events on Saturday 23rd May

 

Native Woodland Trust Citizen Action Afternoon      nwt

 

Presented by: Rebecca Doyle, Native Woodland Trust

Event location: Native Woodland Trust Community Woodland, Gracedieu, Waterford City. Map here.

Time: 12:00-14:00

Description:

Come along and plant a tree to make your mark on this developing woodland. Learn about caring for young trees and the importance of protecting our ancient woodlands.

What you need to bring: Comfortable shoes, weatherproof clothing.

www.nativewoodlandtrust.ie

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Botanical Art Workshop

 

Presented by: Lynn Stringer

Event location: Waterford Institute of Technology, FTG 25, participants will be met in WIT Atrium

Time: 13:00-15:00

Description:

Learn the basics of botanical drawing and painting with experienced and noted botanical artist Lynn Stringer. Please note that places are limited, so booking is advised.

www.lynnstringer.net

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Guided Walk of JFK Arboretum      opw

 

Presented by: JFK Arboretum Staff, Office of Public Works

Event Location: Meet at Flagpoles outside JFK Arboretum visitor centre

Time: 15:00-16:00

Description:

A guided walk suitable for families. This is a fun, informal way of experiencing the botany and wildlife of this area of the park up close.

What you need to bring: Comfortable walking shoes, weatherproof clothing

www.heritageireland.ie

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Events on Sunday 24th May

Giant Mosaic Creation      Copper Coast

 

Presented by: Sinéad Driver & Tina Keating, Copper Coast Geopark

Event location: Annewstown Shore, meet in car park

Time: 14:30-17:30

Description:

Help construct a giant mosaic using natural materials found on the shore. Learn about the importance of beach cleaning and biodiversity through a fun artistic creation.

What you need to bring: Comfortable walking shoes, weatherproof clothing

www.coppercoastgeopark.com

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Guided Walk of JFK Arboretum      opw

 

Presented by: JFK Arboretum Staff, Office of Public Works

Event Location: Meet at Flagpoles outside JFK Arboretum visitor centre

Time: 15:00-16:00

Description:

A guided walk suitable for families. This is a fun, informal way of experiencing the botany and wildlife of this area of the park up close.

What you need to bring: Comfortable walking shoes, weatherproof clothing

www.heritageireland.ie

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