A further 2-year Creative Ireland programme for Carlow’s Drummin Bog announced on 50th anniversary of Earth Day

My work with others for restoring a local wetlands – The Drummin Bog Project, has resulted in some great support from Creative Ireland and ArtLInks for furthering art activities in the surrounding area.

I’m so delighted to find the eco-social art framework that I worked on in Hollywood forest is been put to use in another context. Its also a delight to work with local artists and my husband Martin who is a former geologist and now stone sculptor on a project that is close to where we live. Martin is supervising the scientific and geotechnical surveys of Drummin Bog and Willow is involved too 🙂

The Drummin Bog Project: Celebrating Carlow's only Raised Bog


Update: The Drummin Bog Project committee are pleased to confirm a 2-yearprogramme of creative projects to raise awareness of this unique wetland habitatwill continue later in 2020 and into 2021. At present, the programme is temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 virus restrictions. Sadly, fire has also recently damaged part of Drummin Bog but fortunately it does not affect the area for the Creative Ireland programme.


In early 2020, the Drummin Bog Project was delighted to learn that South Carlow-based Drummin Bog committee members and artists Jules Michael and Cathy Fitzgerald were successful in gaining significant ongoing funding fromCarlow – Creative IrelandandArtLinksto further the eco-social art programme of the Drummin Bog Project. The funding will enable rich, inclusive collaborationsbetween members of BEAM, Bagenalstown, members of BagenalstownFamily ResourceCentre, environmental archaelogists from UCC,historical woodwright Eoin Donnelly, people living near Drummin Bog and the wider Carlow community.

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Up a tree with Patrick Jones

I thought you might like to see the work of someone who wrote to me on my blog; these are his recent August sketches. Jones is an artist, poet, thinker, organic gardener, composter, father– and interested in looking deeply into the nature of his local environment and in earlier work, urban surroundings.  I don't think…Read more Up a tree with Patrick Jones

Burning Bright selected for Eigse 2009 Film programme

Hi all, Just found out that my film that I made for Biodiversity week 2008 Burning Bright, has been selected for the Carlow 2009 Eigse Film programme. Yay!!! I know some of you watched this film as it was selected earlier this year for the Green Party's youtube film festival and asked me how it…Read more Burning Bright selected for Eigse 2009 Film programme

Thinning to easily create an ecologically & economically sustainable forest, in South Carlow, Ireland

Hi all, Thinning started in our small spruce plantation on Monday!!  It's very exciting to see the huge amount of light now coming in; we have a new clearing too which we will be planted with fast growing pioneer species. For our soil conditions, we'll be putting in alder and birch, that will prepare the…Read more Thinning to easily create an ecologically & economically sustainable forest, in South Carlow, Ireland

Lismore: Art & Spaces Now-White Cube, Green Maze: New Art Landscapes talk by Curator Raymond Ryan, Carnegie Museum

This talk looks very interesting, not sure if I will be able to make it. White Cube, Green Maze: New Art Landscapes by Raymond Ryan (Curator, Heinz Architectural Centre, Carnegie Museum) If in the 1960s and ‘70s, Art found a home in the clinical white interior (and, occasionally, the wilderness) and if, in the 1980s…Read more Lismore: Art & Spaces Now-White Cube, Green Maze: New Art Landscapes talk by Curator Raymond Ryan, Carnegie Museum

Land, Art: a Cultural Ecology Handbook

I found the following UK published book (found in the Barcelona modern art museum) a real insight to the growing numbers of art & ecology projects that are happening around the world. There are too few books that investigate this area in any depth, so a real find! Highly recommended. Land, Art: a Cultural Ecology…Read more Land, Art: a Cultural Ecology Handbook