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  • Waterways Ireland takes part in Midlands Science Festival 2016
    Waterways Ireland takes part in Midlands Science Festival 2016

    ​The Midlands Science Festival is all about taking science out of the lab and into libraries, theatres, streets and classrooms, giving people a variety of fun ways to explore the world around them. The overall event was a unique opportunity to explore science through a programme of interactive exhibits, workshops and shows developed by local development agency Midlands Science (formerly Atlantic Corridor ) based in Tullamore, in partnership with Science Foundation Ireland (SFI).

    As part of the festival Waterways Ireland host a series of Biodiversity workshops on the 18th of November in Educate Together, Tullamore, Co. Offaly focusing on the Grand Canal. The Grand Canal is said to one of Ireland's greatest engineering achievements, during these short workshops students explored the history of building the canal, the uses of the grand canal past and present and the wonderful wildlife that call the canal their home. Manus Tiernan, Waterways Ireland Education Officer commented, "We were delighted to take part in Midlands Science Festival. The event which takes place as part of Science Week is a fantastic opportunity to promote STEM subjects within midlands schools. It was great to visit Educate Together in Tullamore where the students were introduced to the biodiversity of the Grand Canal. Thanks to Nuala Madigan IPCC, who delivered the workshops and to the very enthusiastic staff and students of Educate Together for taking part in the event."

    Read more about the success of the Midlands Science Festival in this article from the Offaly Express.

  • Waterways Ireland celebrates Halloween with Biodiversity Workshops!
    Waterways Ireland celebrates Halloween with Biodiversity Workshops!

    ​Waterways Ireland was delighted to celebrate Halloween by hosting a series of spooky biodiversity workshops at the Waterways Ireland Visitor Centre in Grand Canal Quay on Thursday 27th October.

    These great biodiversity workshops took place on the Grand Canal in Dublin where we were delighted to welcome two fantastic groups from St. Bernadette's Senior NS, Quarryvale and St. Catherine's NS, Donore Avenue.

    Waterways Ireland Environment Officer, Eamonn, led the workshops with an introduction to the flora and fauna found along the canals from animals and plants to mini-beasts and aliens. Throughout the day we explored the importance of biodiversity and fully functioning ecosystems and discussed the relationships between organisms. And, of course, what biodiversity workshop would be complete without a field trip? To put their newfound knowledge to the test the groups embarked on a short canal walk where they tried out some pond dipping and got to meet some of our local Lock residents using microscopes to identify both native and alien species.​

    Both groups were full of questions about the bugs and beasties they found along the Canal; what better way to celebrate Halloween?

     If you want to find out more about our biodiversity workshops please don't hesitate to get in touch by emailing learning@waterwaysireland.org or calling 071 9650625.

  • Waterways Ireland Successfully Pilots Education & Recreation Project on Lough Erne
    Waterways Ireland Successfully Pilots Education & Recreation Project on Lough Erne

    ​Waterways Ireland has successfully completed the first week of an innovative pilot 'Water Project' for post-primary schools on the 30th September 2106 . 90 students and teachers from four second level schools in Co Fermanagh engaged in water based learning activities on Lough Erne as part of the two week pilot educational project which runs until 7th October.

    The 'Water Project' has been developed and implemented in partnership with Row the Erne; Erne Paddlers; Inland Fisheries (DAERA) and the National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland; Fermanagh Castle Museum; RSPB and the Ulster Wildlife Trust. Waterways Ireland has ongoing educational work with primary schools centred on the waterways. This 'Water Project' has enabled Waterways Ireland  to work with these partners to realise shared goals, promoting awareness and knowledge of the importance of Lough Erne and access to its many recreational activity opportunities for secondary level students.  

    Pupils and teachers from St. Fanchea's College, St Aidan's High School, Devenish College and St. Joseph's College undertook the two day programme at Waterways Ireland's headquarters in Enniskillen.  The students took part in biodiversity workshops where they discovered some of the many fascinating water based creatures, birds and aquatic plants that exist along the shoreline of Lough Erne. They rowed a 33ft Bronze Age style currach, and also learnt the techniques of Angling.   Week 2 students commencing on 4th October will have a different series of activities, including kayaking, biodiversity workshops and a heritage workshop in Fermanagh Castle Museum.    

    Initial feedback from both students and teachers on the success of 'The Water Project' has been hugely positive. At the end of the two week pilot all the feedback from partners and participants will be gathered to inform an evaluation report and future development of the project in the months ahead.  

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