Imagining A Landscape

Imagining A Landscape

A free seminar organised by Creative Rathangan Meitheal on Saturday November 30th in Rathangan Community Library.

The recent announcements by the ESB of the imminent closure of the Shannonbridge and Lanesboro Power Stations further accelerates the pace of Bord na Mona’s move away from peat extraction. Taken in tandem with proposals from the Joint Committee on Climate Action that the State moves to “rewet” some 270,000ha of the country’s industrial peatlands by 2030, it is clear that the landscape across the Midlands and around Rathangan is going to change dramatically. What might it mean in terms of employment, and for local communities? What will this landscape look like and what might become of the Ballydermot Bogs? What might it mean for biodiversity, and for remnants of raised bog in the area?

In an attempt to answer these questions Creative Rathangan Meitheal is hosting a seminar – Imagining A Landscape – on Saturday November 30th from 10.00 to 1.00 pm in Rathangan Community Library. While admission is free and teas/coffee and finger food are provided, places are limited so booking is essential.

Contributors include – (1)  Dr Mark McCorry, Team Leader Bord na Mona Ecology Team, whose presentation is entitled - The Future Cutaway Landscape of Ballydermot – Potential and Opportunities, (2) Kate Flood researcher, activist, and secretary with Girley Bog Meitheal, on  Bog Benefits: Exploring Social and Cultural Values of Irish Peatlands, (3) Donal Mac An Bheatha on Developing the Mid Shannon Wilderness Park Donal is Senior Planner with Longford Co Council, and his work with the Community in Corrylea and on the potential future of BNM lands in Co Longford is the basis for the proposed Shannon Wilderness Park., and (4) Dr Catherine Farrell is a Post-doctorate Researcher working on the EPA-funded INCASE natural capital accounting project, on

Bringing Natural Capital into the Equation.

Registration from 9.30. Starts at 10.00 and the seminar finishes at 1.00 pm  This free event is supported by a grant form Kildare Co Co/Creative Ireland’s 2019 bursary Awards. 
Booking is essential as places are limited ph. 045 528078 or email

For further information and updates please go to Creative Rathangan Meitheal’s Facebook Page.

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