Songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and comedienne Ursula Burns has been smashing the stereo-typical image of the harp for 25 years by performing and touring the world through the mediums of Music, Theatre, Circus and Comedy. Burns has invented her own wild style of playing and strong captivating live performance in her solo shows. Ursula accidentally fell into comedy when she won the Irish Musical Comedy Awards 2012 and since has been touring her solo shows. As a veteran of Edinburgh festival she got nominated for the Malcolm Hardee Award for comic originality. Burns has 6 solo albums and a wealth of music composed for childrens theatre. A diverse and compelling artist who is not afraid to take risks and push the harp to places it has never dared to venture………….
The river clean-up along the Boyne was in response to the threat to the Boyne River by Dawn Meats. They are proposing to run a 7km pipeline discharging 400,000lt a day of treated waste into the river. It was held on the 20th of March 2022 and despite having 3 weeks to organise, it was a great success.
This was a very process-led project. A call-out was put through the Facebook page Mná na Uisce to discuss how we as a community could respond. In the original dreaming on the zoom call, 9 women were in attendance.
It was decided that connecting people to the mythology of the river could inspire them to the preservation of the ecology. A river clean-up was proposed and originally decided for the 13th of March. Two teams formed, one as a creative direction to create a 3-minute film with a Call to Action for people to submit their objections by April 7th. A larger film telling the story of Boann was proposed. This team consisted of Saor de Paor, All is Well, Women of the Water, Earthy Soul Mates, Sound Your Soul, EcoStorytales, and Candlelit tales
The other team was the organisation team, this consisted of Singing the Land, Save the Boyne, Women of the Water, Jealue, Youth friends of the Earth, All is Well. They focused on bringing awareness to the different governmental organisations that would have an interest in stopping the pipeline. A website savetheboyne.org was created by Women of the Water. A call for filmmakers was created by Jealue and All is Well. This was circulated widely. A flyer was created by YFOE and All is Well for materials to hand out on the day. There were also press releases and radio interviews with LMFM. Each project involved widely shared a post about the day over their social media platform. Twitter, Instagram and Facebook were employed. If our followings were combined, we potentially reached 24,205 people.
Contact with the local Guards and the County Council was established with favourable responses. The council ensured the collection of the collected rubbish on Tuesday. There was positive outreach with the community wardens and the Environmental officer Bernadine.
Of the 9 on the original call, 6 women arrived on the day. The absence of the other three was down to illness and distance.
On the day, there were many 12 counties represented, Dublin, Wexford, Louth, Westmeath, Meath, Sligo, Clare, Galway, Limerick, Kerry, Cork. Upon arrival at the Ramparts, it was discovered that another community group had held a river clean-up the week before and there was very little rubbish. We revised our strategy and decided to identify the rubbish along the Boyne and employ vehicles to convoy to these sites.
There were 11 Fairy Council member organisations who attended. The members of the FCOI in attendance on the day were Wild Irish Retreats, Wolf Academy, Gaelic Woodland Project, Emily Dawson, All is Well, Women of the Water, Young Friends of the Earth, Jealue, Save the Boyne. Earthy Soul Mates, and EcoStoryTales.
Notable participants were James Cogan, Pip Advisor Ireland, Shannon Soul Sounds, JuliAnne Hennelly, Deirdre Wadding, John Anthony McGowen, Martin O Keefe, Fiachra, Sam and Padraic
The main camp was held in the Ramparts, Navan. The fire circle was held by the women, while a team of eager volunteers filled 3 cars and worked in rotation.
There were 15 in the main clean-up crew with a flow of people who arrived during the day at the Ramparts. The main cleaning crew had shared their geo-location so they could be found along the river. Their first stop was where the pipeline is proposed to be placed, The Cotton mills. Ironically, This was the site of the most amount of rubbish. There were car batteries, mattresses, and about 30 bags of rubbish collected.
The next Location was along the Red River studio, where they removed shopping trollies and another 6 bags of rubbish. At the main camp in the Ramparts, there were three bags of rubbish
We had the kind hospitality of Marion from the Red river Studio. She was able to accommodate with a dorm and a private room for the family in attendance. There was use of a kitchen and bathroom facilities. In exchange, we tidied her yard and ensured the rubbish was removed from her section of the Boyne.
In total 10.9km of the River Boyne was cleaned in a six-hour period. After the clean it was noticeable in the improvement in the ecology of the water. Wildlife including otters, herons, mallards, and fish were seen returning to the area.
Coinciding there was the film made over a two day period. Women of the water filled the role of Boann with lyrical voices of Julie-Anne and Shannon Soul Sounds. Saor DePaor provided the poetry behind. These were filmed in each of the collection locations the Ramparts and the Red River Yoga Studio.
All of my work, from the artwork, the meditations, the books and to the spaces I hold at workshops or retreats has one common thread which is my deepest wish to carve out a space for you to connect to your deeper, higher self. A space for you to find your centre, your stillness and your clarity. To offer to you a space that gives you greater vision and empowerment, connecting you to your deeper self and to a power greater than your self, regardless of your religious beliefs or none. That can be through meditating on an artwork or limited edition print, through doing a meditation or through reading my books or blog posts. It could be coming along to a workshop or retreat. I believe that this held space is hugely important for us in a world that is so fast-paced and often relentless. I offer you spaciousness to yield to a quieter yin experience.
The Wolf Academy, founded by brothers Daryl and Cormac Noonan, organised a challenge of extreme endurance to raise awareness about the state of Ireland’s woodlands, as well as to raise funds for the Gaelic Woodland Project, a registered charity that is working to create a community-powered new native woodland in Ireland. The Noonan brothers were joined by Eoghain Connaughton (founder of GWP) and a small team of warriors and supporting fairies to walk the full length of the Wicklow Way (almost 130 kms.) with only a few stops for rest along the way.
This epic hike took place on December 4th, starting at 6 AM in Clonegal, Co. Carlow, and ended in the afteroon ofDecember 5th in Marlay Park, Co. Dublin.
There was 4 checkpoints along the route for a brief rest, where the Fairy Council of Ireland provided meals, a fire beacon and other kinds of moral, physical and emotional support.
Trembling with the cold but burning with purpose, the lads managed to reach Marlay Park and complete this feat of endurance.
During the walk, €2,500 were raised out of the €5,000 fundraising aim. Donations are still coming in, so please feel free to contribute:
Enagh Farrell is an illustrator based in Dublin. She grew up in rural Ireland surrounded by fields, fairy tales and a love for nature and mythology. Enagh studied Fine Art Print in NCAD.
Illustration was a calling as she found she works best with text and visual narrative. Her work explores nature and its magic such as the seasonal changes, trees, stars and indigenous wisdom. Apart from drawing and creating micro texts, Enagh loves to walk in the mountains or any nature space, drinking tea, chatting with friends, learning more about biodiversity, meditation and studying texts from great mystical teachers, wearing wolly jumpers, her allotment, her cat, local community planting projects and being a parent to her two beautiful kids.
Danu’s Irish Herb Garden is a Garden of Healing, Magic, Plant Wisdom and practical living. Here I work to create a beautiful garden dedicated to the Goddess Danu. I grow healing herbs, trees, shrubs, flowers, fruits and vegetables organically and attempt to provide for myself and others.
I am a Herbalist, growing and foraging for the plant medicine that I use to make tinctures, teas, salves and lotions and potions. I only use plants that I have grown or foraged myself so that I know exactly where the medicine comes from. I believe that plant medicine is a radical way to personal empowerment and health on all levels – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Working with plants also enables us to connect closely to the Planet, our Mother Earth, en route to good health.
Perhaps you are feeling out of balance or out of sync with the world; you know you need something but you can’t put your finger on it? You may need stress relief, self-confidence boosts or help with grief. Perhaps you would like to reconnect with the Earth, with Nature? You feel that somehow there should be more to life. Maybe you are suffering with digestive issues such as bloating, acid reflux or food sensitivities. Do you have sleep issues, pain or inflammation, for example arthritis? I can also help with hormonalimbalances, learning difficulties and many other physical, mental or emotional complaints.
Do get in touch – I am so looking forward to meeting you and helping you to enjoy radiant health and well-being! I’m here to help you take a first step to feeling truly wonderful, truly connected and truly balanced.
TRUE HARVEST SEEDS IS A PLANT CONSERVATION CHARITY
At True Harvest Seeds we collect seeds from native origin plants growing in the wild. We preserve the collections in the Seed Bank at Kilclief, County Down. The seed is available for the restoration of plants back into the wild.
A gene bank for Ireland’s wild plants
Established as a charity, so that the collections stay in the public domain, True Harvest Seeds is conserving Ireland’s indigenous seed-bearing plants by securely storing their seeds. Through the generous donations of seeds from local public and private landowners we are populating a seed bank. The seeds and associated material are cared for at our Seed Centre, Kilclief, Co Down. Associated material includes a herbarium specimen, a DNA sample photographs of plant and seed and last but by no means least data, without which the collection would be of little value. This work will ensure the security of our natural capital into the future. Seed and access to material and data may be requested by bona fide individuals and organisations.
Our planned expeditions to make the high quality scientific seed collections take us the length and breadth of the island. We talk to local people, land owners and managers to find out as much as possible about target populations and if there is any doubt about their origin we choose a different population to make a collection from.
Bia Don Dia is Gaelic for ‘food for the God’, God the creator, our own creator…our mother. I offer the mother a sacred safe space during pregnancy, birth and postpartum, to unfold & transition from maiden to motherhood. I nourish them & nurture them with traditional postpartum meals & rituals, with the intention of a smooth recovery, emotional support, gentle guidance & creating a loving relationship with their new child.
Bia Don Dia was created for radical Mothers. It is here to play an important role in our community, supporting the mother & her family during this transition.
My intention is to deepen the mothers’ connection with Mother Earth as she journeys into her role as a guardian to a new special being, to nurture & nourish her as her body heals from birth, and to create a sacred space for her to bond with her baby.
This is done by eating healing foods, bathing in medicinal herbs and moving through the postpartum period with gentle sustainable living practices.
We are a family run business with a passion for growing and our environment, and one of the leading mail order plant providers in Ireland. With our roots firmly planted in the wilds of West Cork we have been inspired to work alongside our unique environmental heritage to evolve an ethical business where our values and ethos lead the way.
From humble beginnings 30 years ago we have been pioneering the gardens, orchards and woodlands of the future, developing to a committed, experienced team who are here to help you find what to grow and how best to grow it.
We love plants and aim to bring you the best quality and range to meet your specific needs. From beginner gardeners to seasoned growers we can help you to select the most suitable plants for your garden as well as your budget.
With years of business expertise behind us we have established strong relationships with growers and suppliers in Ireland and beyond to bring you the best possible range of high quality plants.
As our name suggests, the future is important to us. As growers, educators and innovators we believe we have the responsibility to protect and ensure the future of our diverse landscape and environment. Our intention is to leave a legacy that our future ancestors will be proud of. We’d love to support you to do so too.
What we do
At Future Forests we are passionate about sourcing and supplying some of the best plants in Europe. We are one of Ireland’s leading mail order plant suppliers and we have a nursery and garden centre in West Cork.
We pride ourselves on the diversity of the plants we offer. From native trees & hedging to perennial flowers and alpines our huge range caters for the new garden owner to the seasoned grower.
We are engaged in the community
We also work with schools, community groups, country estates, landscapers and the farming community helping to source and select the right plants for all locations and situations.
We offer plants for every site and situation
Live on a windy, coastal or shady site? We offer plants for challenging conditions too!
We are experts in packing and shipping plants
We supply bareroot plants from November to April and a large variety of potted plants all year around.
Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. These cookies do not store any personal information.
Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website.