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Summary – MulkearLIFE End of Project Conference

MulkearLIFE’s End of Project conference took place in Castleconnell on the banks of the River Shannon this week (10th & 11th September 2014). The  two-day international conference ‘Celebrating River Restoration in Ireland and  Europe’  was hosted by the project’s  coordinating beneficiary Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) and was attended by a large number of local, national and international delegates.

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Some of the local, national and international delegates at the IFI MulkearLIFE conference


The conference was opened by Dr. Ciaran Byrne, CEO of Inland Fisheries Ireland and Ms. Amanda Mooney, Director of the Shannon RBD, welcomed guests to the Lower Shannon.


Dr. Cathal Gallagher, Dr. Ciaran Byrne (CEO of Inland Fisheries Ireland) and Ms. Amanda Mooney at MulkearLIFE’s End of Project Conference


Also in the conference’s opening session, Professor Martin O’ Grady gave a wonderful keynote address, reflecting on 30 years of river restoration work in Ireland.  Mr. Ruairí Ó Conchúir (MulkearLIFE’s Manager) then presented an overview of project’s river restoration work.


Prof. Martin O’ Grady and Mr. Ruairí Ó Conchúir discuss the conference programme

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Mr. John Sheehan, outlines Limerick Council’s work with MulkearLIFE


The conference concluded yesterday (Thursday 11th Sept) with a half-day field trip to various sites in the Mulkear River Catchment, including  sites on the Mulkear, Newport, Clare and Bilboa river.  Thankfully the field trip took place on the most spectacular of Autumn day – a real Indian Summer day.

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Dr. James King (IFI) presenting at the conference


MulkearLIFE would like to thank all who attended and regrets that members of the Limerick & District Anglers Association did not wish to do so.  A full conference report will follow in due course.

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Dr. Dennis Doherty (ESB Fisheries Conservation) presenting at the conference


Some of the local, national and international delegates at MulkearLIFE’s conference


Mr. Oisin Naughton (IF) presenting at the conference


Below is a selection of additional uncaptioned images from across the two days.

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Michael Feeney

Q&A Session

Fergus Lynch

Fran Igoe

Jackie Webley

Stephen March Smith OBE


Martin Janes

Lorraine O Doneell

The field trips took place on the afternoon of day two and delegates saw the Mulkear Catchment looking its most beautiful in glorious Autumn sunshine.

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Group Day 2OC Kingfisher

Clare Br - Mke

Oisin & Bernadette Guest - Mike

Discussing Lamprey Pasage

Willie O Neill and Group at Ballyclogh

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