MulkearLIFE was delighted to attend the National Ploughing Championship, which took place in Cardenton, Athy, Co. Kildare this week. MulkearLIFE was in a position to greet visitors at its stand, having been kindly hosted in the marquee of the European Union. This kind offer was courtesy of the European Commission Representation in Ireland and the Joint Research Council.
MulkearLIFE was delighted to welcome hundreds of people to its stand including farmers, national farm representatives, TDs, MEPs, project supporters, including colleagues from Teagasc, and ordinary members of the public living in the catchment and beyond. This included students from St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Doon, Co. Tipperary, a school the project has worked with over the past two years.
Students of St. Joseph’s, Secondary School, Doon at the MulkearLIFE stand
The opening day attracted a crowd in excess of 71,000 people. MulkearLIFE gave a short illustrated PowerPoint presentation at lunch-time on the opening day on the work of the project and on volunteering ‘Becoming A Conservation Volunteer: Volunteering for Nature’ outlining the work of the Mulkear Conservation Volunteers.
The European Union Marquee at the 2011 National Ploughing Championship
MulkearLIFE would like to most sincerely thank the EC Representation in Ireland, Mr. Timothy Hayes, Mr. Alessandro Lentini and their colleagues for their kindness in supporting the project to be at the Ploughing and for the provision of various educational materials for the Project’s Environmental Education Work in local schools. In addition, MulkearLIFE would like to thank the staff of the European Parliament Information Office in Dublin, and in particular Mr. Francis Jacobs and Ms. Margaret Francois for their kindness in the provision of various educational materials. Finally, MulkearLIFE would like to thank Dr. Ciarán Nicholl of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre for facilitating MulkearLIFE to have a presence in the EU marquee. It was extremely useful for MulkearLIFE to network with the technical staff of Joint Research Centre who were showcasing the research they carry out to meet both European and global challenges.
And then there was of course the ploughing!
Horse ploughing at the 2011 Ploughing Championship (Image: Eric Luke, Irish Times)