Ecological forestry at Leinster house

Continuous Cover Forestry consultant Paddy Purser and Chair of Pro Silva Ireland, Liam Byrne before presenting a statement to Joint Committee on Climate Action at the Oireachtas, Dublin on behalf of Pro Silva Ireland. 11 December 2019. Photo: Cathy Fitzgerald. Many of you familiar with my work to transform Hollywood from a monoculture Sitka spruce…Read more Ecological forestry at Leinster house

The Hollywood Forest Story—Eco-Social Art Practice for the Symbiocene: a new article for US Minding Nature journal

I was thrilled and a little bit nervous to be asked to write an article about Hollywood Forest and my creative practice for the US Minding Nature journal over the summer. MINDING NATURE is a journal exploring conservation values and the practice of ecological democratic citizenship I have been following this fantastic multidisciplinary journal for…Read more The Hollywood Forest Story—Eco-Social Art Practice for the Symbiocene: a new article for US Minding Nature journal

Trees and fungi make forests and show us the relationality of the Symbiocene

In May and June I wrote an article and gave a couple of talks about 'Goodbye Anthropocene: Hello Symbiocene. It has been my most read post with over 1001 views! I talked about a new era and new terms of how humanity can picture its living well with the Earth' other inhabitants. This new framework…Read more Trees and fungi make forests and show us the relationality of the Symbiocene

‘Uinse’ by Sarah Flynn: grieving Ireland’s madness for monocultures

At a conference in Ireland in 2004, I remarked that the Irish had had enough experience of imported plant disease to last them a thousand years - the calamitous potato famine in 1845. The man from the Ministry got up and bleated nothing could be done because this would restrict trade and the World Trade…Read more ‘Uinse’ by Sarah Flynn: grieving Ireland’s madness for monocultures

Ar scáth a chéile… Living in harmony

I’m not quite sure how it happened, but I have had a tremendous response, over 500 visitors, looking at my article and podcast on saying “Goodbye to the Anthropocene and Hello Symbiocene” that I posted on Monday. Glenn Albrecht’s in-depth but very accessible ideas, in his new book ‘Earth Emotions: New Words for a New World’ (2019), that map the atrocities of the Anthropocene to a more harmonious future where we prioritise the thriving of all beings -the Symbiocene, seems to have struck a chord with many.

Today, I was particularly excited that another Irish artist I know has a keen sense of the Symbiocene in his backyard. Eoin is an old friend of mine, we both were in the same painting class at the National College of Art and Design many years ago. We were delighted to find we will be co-exhibiting at a small exhibition organised by Imelda Healy, that is running alongside a conference ‘Art in the Anthropocene’ being held in Trinity College, 7-9 June 2019. I am fortunate to be giving my talk again “Goodbye to the Anthropocene and Hello Symbiocene” on Friday 7th June, Session 1.2.2: Eco-social Responses to the Anthropocene Session Convenor: Yvonne Scott, Chair: TBA, Time: 13.45 – 15.15 Venue: Beckett Theatre, Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin. See the full programme here https://artintheanthropocene.com/call-for-proposals/

Back to Eoin’s post below: I thought Hollywood was doing well with a Great Spotted Woodpecker visiting lately, but look at the furry, delightful neighbours that Eoin has at his home in suburban Dublin. Eoin speaks Gaeilge so his post is first in Irish, then English – enjoy!

And if you like the idea of the Symbiocene, do let me know your thoughts below.

 


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Photo by Eoin Mac Lochlainn of urban fox

Scroll down for the English language version – and there’s also a foxy video below, for your delectation.

Sé mhí ó shin chuala mé sionnach i gcoim na h-oíche. Screadach uaigneach dodhearmadta ar nós bean sí, is dócha, a bhí ann. (Níor chuala mé bean sí riamh).

Anois is arís feicimid sionnaigh sa cheantar agus muid ag siúl san oíche ach níor chuala mé ceann chomh ghar dúinn roimhe seo. Tá na gairdíní in aice linn fiáin go maith agus na sceacha ag scaipeadh isteach orainne. An fheadar an raibh an sionnach ina chónaí sa bhfiántas sin, i ngan fhios dúinn?

photo by Eoin Mac Lochlainn of urban fox

Chuaigh an t-am thart agus tháinig an t-earrach. Bhí na laethanta ag dul chun síneadh. Bhí an lon dubh ag canadh ag titim na h-oíche. Bhí sé níos gile sa ghairdín anois. Oíche amháin thug mé faoi dearadh go raibh rud eicint ag corraí sa ghairdín. Bhí sionnach ina…

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Children of Pro Silva Ireland members Anna and Brian Browne enjoying a visit to Hollywood forest in 2010. Photo: Cathy Fitzgerald

Art.Earth artist of the month Cathy Fitzgerald and The Hollywood Forest Story: an ongoing eco-social art practice for permanent forestry in Ireland and elsewhere

Ahead of the international summit on cultural responses to  'Evolving the Forest' taking place in Dartington Hall, near Totnes, Devon, England this June, I was asked by Mark Leahy, of the Directors of the international ecoart network art.earth, to respond to some questions and discuss my work as featured art.earth artist of the month. This…Read more Art.Earth artist of the month Cathy Fitzgerald and The Hollywood Forest Story: an ongoing eco-social art practice for permanent forestry in Ireland and elsewhere

Hollywood forest in Carlow is a citizen scientist for soil and climate with EU GROW Observatory

Creating a 'global soil map' to show how soil, from where we were born across the Earth, connects and supports us all, with Monkeyshine Theatre at the Grow Observatory Citizen Workshop at VISUAL Carlow on 1 Dec, 2018 Update: Grow Observatory is taking part in Ireland, across two areas: the South East (Carlow, Kilkenny, South…Read more Hollywood forest in Carlow is a citizen scientist for soil and climate with EU GROW Observatory