Westmeath Heritage Updates 16th March 2022

Brigid Geoghegan
Brigid Geoghegan • 16 March 2022

Please help to track changes in climate with a new wildlife calendar: The National Biodiversity Data Centre, with support from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, recently launched the Farmers’ Wildlife Calendar for 2022: Climate Tracker. Research suggests that there will be an increase in temperatures and rainfall in Ireland as a result of climate change. Any change to our climate will disrupt the emergence time of insects, flowering of plants and arrival of migrant species, such as the swallows. Farmers and other landowners can help by submitting records on the first occurrences of nine key species within the Wildlife Calendar.   Further details/how to submit records available at https://www.nationalruralnetwork.ie/climate-change-news/tracking-changes-in-climate-through-a-wildlife-calendar/


All-Ireland Pine Marten Symposium: The Vincent Wildlife Trust and the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will host the 3rd All-Ireland Pine Marten Symposium on 1st-2nd April in the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel, Co Laois and will include a combination of online and in-person events bringing together advances in research, practical-conservation and citizen science.  Cost €15-€35.  Further details/registration at https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/3rd-all-ireland-pine-marten-symposium-tickets-265264682807


An Introduction to Oral History: The Life Cycle Approach: Oral History Network Ireland (OHNI) will host a full one-day in-person training workshop, titled An Introduction to Oral History: The Life Cycle Approach, on 2nd April from 10am -4.30pm, in Dublin. This one-day training event will offer a basic introduction to all aspects in the life cycle of an oral history project from commissioning to disseminating and archiving. Cost: Members €50 Non-members €70.  Further details at https://oralhistorynetworkireland.ie/event/an-introduction-to-oral-history-the-life-cycle-approach


Draft River Basin Management Plan 2022-2027 public consultation  is open until the 31st March. For more information and to and make a submission see: LAWPRO Virtual Consultation Room (drbmp-vcr.ie)


Conradh na Gaelige Support Fund for projects/ events taking place between 1 April & 30 June and for which Irish language is central to the event.  Seo ciste atá ar fáil do ghrúpaí ar an talamh. See: www.cnag.ie/cs apply by 31st  March


SPAB Heritage Awards 2022 – Call for entries: The SPAB (Society for Protection of Ancient Buildings) are inviting applications for their Heritage Awards 2022 with an expanded range of awards championing excellence in built heritage across the UK and Ireland and waving the flag for all the gifted craftspeople, dedicated custodians and environmentally conscious practitioners that work tirelessly to ensure that our astonishing built heritage has a bright future. Closing date for receipt of entries is 5pm 28th March 2022. For application details/criteria go to https://www.spab.org.uk/get-involved/awards


Public consultation on a shared national vision and on developing a new Forest Strategy is now live on the DAFM website and will be open for the next 6 weeks.  DAFM is encouraging all citizens, private organisations, public authorities and academic institutions to complete the online survey.:  https://www.gov.ie/en/consultation/a9b36-public-consultation-on-a-shared-national-vision-for-the-role-of-trees-and-forests-in-irelands-future-and-in-developing-a-new-forest-strategy/



March 22nd at 7.30pm celebrate World Water Day: online event featuring writers sharing their Stories from the Waterside with Jim Finn of Tipp FM and reflections on what their stories and local water catchments mean to them. The event is supported by the Local Authority Waters Programme, Inland Fisheries Ireland, the Heritage Council, Waterways Ireland and the Heritage Officers Programme. See: Stories from the Waterside 2022 - Local Authority Water Programme (lawaters.ie)


Launch of a new publication  Westmeath- history and society. Interdisciplinary essays on the history of an Irish County. ( Seamus O Brien, editor). Published by Geography Publications the Westmeath volume is the 29th in the ongoing county series first published by Professor Willie Nolan in 1989. The Westmeath volume contains 35 essays by historians from throughout the county and elsewhere on the evolution of Westmeath from pre- history up to the present day.

24th  March 6:30pm  The Atrium County Buildings Mullingar launch event

31st  March 6:30pm  Athlone Library  Athlone launch event