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MulkearLIFE makes the news….

News paperMulkearLIFE makes the news as local and national newspapers highlight the importance of this EU fish and Nature Conservation Project. Presented hereunder are some of the stories which appeared in the Irish print media highlighting elements of the work of MulkearLIFE.  Follow it’s progress from start to finish and see the impact it has made on the restoration of the Lower Shannon SAC (Mulkear River) for Sea Lamprey, Atlantic Salmon and the European Otter….

Inland Fisheries Ireland’s Water Quality Project MulkearLIFE Wins LAMA Award
Inland Fisheries Ireland through the MulkearLIFE project has been awarded ‘Most Significant Contribution to Water Quality’ at the recent Local Authority Members Association (LAMA) Community and Council Awards 2015. The announcement took place at a ceremony last month at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry.
MulkearLIFE is a European Commission LIFE+ Nature project working to restore degraded habitats throughout the Mulkear Catchment. The catchment forms part of the Lower Shannon Special Area of Conservation…  16th February 2015,  Read the article:


MulkearLIFE – delivering catchment-scale river restoration
MulkearLIFE, a €1.75 million European Commission-funded project, aimed to restore the Lower Shannon Special Area of Conservation and bring back the Atlantic salmon, sea lamprey and otter to the area, writes Ruairí Ó Conchúir
Author: Ruairí Ó Conchúir, project manager, MulkearLIFE MulkearLIFE is a five year, partnership-based project working on the restoration of the Mulkear River catchment, which forms part of the Lower Shannon Special Area of Conservation (SAC). It is one of the most important integrated catchment management projects in Ireland and a flagship EU co-funded LIFE Nature project with a €1.75 million budget. Inland Fisheries Ireland is the lead partner, working with the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Limerick City and County Council, with additional funding from the National Parks and Wildlife Service….
Engineers  14th January 2015,  Read the article:


Dress Up As A Fish For World Fish Migration Day
A kids’ contest for ‘best fish costume’ is among the events for all the family to mark World Fish Migration Day 2014 this coming Saturday 24 May.
World Fish Migration Day is a one-day global initiative, with local events worldwide, to create awareness on the importance of open rivers and migratory fish.
The ability of fish to freely migrate is crucial to achieve healthy fish stocks. While most fish are migratory to some degree, some species like those found in the Lower Shannon – Atlantic salmon, trout, sea lamprey and eel – migrate thousands of kilometres to complete their life cycles…   21st May 2014,  Read the article:


€1.75m Mulkear project is extended for a year in Limerick and Tipperary
MULKEARLIFE has begun 2014 on a high with the news that the project has been extended for a year and receiving an environment award.
The €1.75 million project, which has been active since late 2009, has focused on the conservation and enhancement of habitat for Atlantic salmon, sea lamprey and European otter.
It is centred on the Mulkear catchment, covering an area of approximately 650 sq kms across County Limerick and Tipperary, is focused on the rehabilitation of degraded river habitats….
Limerick Leader   12th January 2014,  Read the article:


Mulkear Life takes environmental award for conservation project in the Lower Shannon
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, with Irish Ladies’ Flyfishing captain Julie Gerry (left) and team member Jenny Casey at the photocall in Government Buildings to acknowledge their win in the 2013 Home International
THE Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (Ciwem) presented the Irish Environment Award for 2013 to Mulkear Life at a ceremony in Co Cork last weekend. Mulkear Life is a European Commission Life+Nature project working to restore degraded habitats which form part of the Lower Shannon Special Area of Conservation….
The Irish Times  9th December 2013,  Read the article:


Environmental Award For EU-Funded Project On Lower Shannon    

The MulkearLIFE project in the Lower River Shannon Catchment is the recipient of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management’s (CIWEM) Irish Environment Award for 2013.
MulkearLIFE is a European Commission LIFE+ Nature project working to restore degraded habitats through the Mulkear Catchment, which forms part of the Lower Shannon Special Area of Conservation.
The €1.75-million project, which has been active since late 2009, is spear-headed by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI), which act as co-ordinating beneficiary and works with key project partners in the Office of Public Works and Limerick County Council. The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) acts as project co-financier….  2nd December 2013,  Read the article:

Illustrated Talks On Shannon’s Natural Heritage Throughout February          

MulkearLIFE and Inland Fisheries Ireland have announced details of a series of free illustrated talks taking place in Limerick throughout February on the extraordinarily rich natural heritage of Ireland, and in particular the Lower Shannon.The talks form part of MulkearLIFE’s Environmental Education Programme, an outreach programme in local schools and the local community in the Mulkear catchment. The series will be hosted over four Tuesday evenings and will include leading experts sharing their knowledge on farming and conservation and biodiversity management….  17th January 2013, Read the article:

A jaw-dropping sight, but in the best possible taste    

ANOTHER LIFE:‘TINY WASPS ARE known whose larvae parasitize the larvae of still other kinds of wasps that live inside the bodies of the caterpillars of certain species of moths that feed on certain kinds of plants that live on other plants.”Edward O Wilson offered this tangle in The Diversity of Life as an ultimate in customised dependence among the myriad parasites of nature.They include, of course, the large community of organisms – skin mites, bacteria, fungi and sometimes worms and lice – adapted to live on or in the human body….
Irish Times 16th June 2012,  Read the article:

MulkearLIFE celebrate birthday on the banks of the Mulkear in Limerick village

FOR 20 years the EU LIFE programme has been working on conservation projects, and they celebrated their 20th birthday in Annacotty by launching an improved nature habitat.
To mark its birthday, MulkearLIFE Inland Fisheries Ireland hosted a big celebration in Annacotty on the banks of the river.
Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan officially opened the colourful Mural of LIFE, painted by Lisnagry National School pupils, and the adjoining habitat work.
“Thirty children worked on the fantastic mural. Beside the mural safety railings were put in place, trees planted, area landscaped and a picnic table installed…..

Limerick Leader 27th May 2012, Read the article:

Amateur Photo Contest Celebrates Shannon’s Biodiversity

MulkearLIFE has launched its amateur photo competition for 2012, with a prize fund of €1,000 on offer.The contest celebrates the 20th anniversary of the EU LIFE programme and has the theme of ‘Exploring the Biodiversity of the Lower Shannon’. Images may cover any aspect of the theme, and can be submitted in any style from macro to landscape, black and white or colour.There is no end to what type of image can be submitted. It could be an image of water, trees, plants, fish, invertebrates, fungi, mammals, birds, lichen, domestic animals – basically any living organism.Though not essential, images that portray biodiversity in and along rivers, streams and waterways throughout the Lower Shannon region would be preferred…. 7th February 2012, Read the article:

Ovation for Ronnie. 

ANGLING NOTES: A STANDING ovation greeted Ronnie Miley on his retirement as secretary of Dublin Trout Anglers’ Association at the annual general meeting in the Spa Hotel, Lucan, Co Dublin, last Friday week.The ovation was fitting for a man who had given loyal and dedicated service to one of the most progressive trout angling clubs in the country. After 26 years as secretary, Ronnie decided to step down and hand the baton over to Cathal McDonnell.“For the first 20 years, I attended all the duties myself, however, as the years caught up with me and family commitments multiplied, I asked for help from other committee members. This was readily forthcoming,” he said…Irish Times. 6th February 2012, Read the article:

‘Fish pass’ gives new lease of life to ailing lamprey. 

A BREAKTHROUGH has been achieved in the battle to save one of Ireland’s protected fish species, the sea lamprey.This follows EU Mulkear Life project confirming “dramatic results” in relation to a device it has deployed along the river designed to deliver sea lamprey to its spawning grounds.Ruairí Ó Conchúir, the MulkearLife project manager, said the fish pass has proven to be a “groundbreaking success and we would hope it would lead to the stabilisation and enhancement of sea lamprey population across Ireland”….Irish Examiner. 31st August 2011, Read the article:


Salmon river is protected. 

Farmers and landowners with river frontage in parts of Limerick and Tipperary are to receive funding for protecting one of Ireland’s best salmon spawning rivers in a new €1.75m pilot project. Farmers in the Mulkear River catchment area will receive capital supports for undertaking environmentally friendly farming to improve water quality in a four-year, European-funded programme. The Mulkear River is considered one of the top five spawning rivers in Ireland for Atlantic salmon…Irish Independent. 24th May 2011, Read the article:


Farmers join €1.75m eco-awareness project for land with river access. 

FARMERS in Limerick and Tipperary have joined a four-year pilot project promoting eco-awareness in lands with river access.The €1.75 million, European-funded MulkearLIFE programme will provide capital funding on a minimum of 12 farms for fencing along river courses, watering harvesting equipment, including gravity feed products with water piping and water troughs….Irish Examiner. 11th May 2011, Read the article:


Mulkear Conservation Volunteers Outing.

The next outing of the Mulkear Conservation Volunteers will take place on Saturday, 20 November from 10.00 to 13.00. The event is open to all, but in order to organise numbers, please let MulkearLIFE know by Wednesday 17th November if you are in a position to attend…Tipperary Star. 12th November 2010, Read the article:


Mulkear Conservation Volunteers Flagship Project.

The Minister of the Environment, John Gormley TD, officially launched the ‘Mulkear Conservation Volunteers’ in Annacotty, last Friday. The Mulkear Conservation Volunteers is the first ever volunteer corps established on a river catchment basis anywhere in Ireland. The group is a locally based corps of volunteers whose work is directly associated with EU co-funded MulkearLIFE project…Tipperary Star. 26th October 2010, Read the article:


Talks on Newport Mulkear Catchment Area.

MulkearLIFE is a new E1.75 million European Commission funded LIFE Nature project working on the restoration of the Lower Shannon Special Area of Conservation (focused on the Mulkear River catchment) for Atlantic Salmon, Sea Lamprey and European Otter. MulkearLIFE has announced details of its autumn block of free Illustrated Talks. These illustrated talks form part of the four year Environmental Education Programme of MulkearLIFE working with schools and the local community within the Mu…Tipperary Star. 7th September 2010,  Read the article:


MulkearLife 1.75m Euro Project Launched.

The launch was held on Tuesday, of MulkearLIFE, a new €1.75 million European Commission funded LIFE Nature project working on the restoration of the Lower Shannon Special Area of Conservation (Mulkear River catchment) for Atlantic Salmon, Sea Lamprey and Otter. The project is led by the Shannon Regional Fisheries Board working together with the Office of Public Works and Limerick County Council and other stakeholders to implement the project over the next four years….Tipperary Star. 5th May 2010, Read the article:



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