Bealtaine Living Earth Festival breathes a breath of fresh air into May

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Pictured  ahead of the Bealtaine Living Earth Festival across the South East are Marie Power aka The Sea Gardener and Dr Cordula Weiss of Calmast WIT on Kilfarassy beach, Co. Waterford. Picture: Patrick Browne

Pictured ahead of the Bealtaine Living Earth Festival across the South East are Marie Power aka The Sea Gardener and Dr Cordula Weiss of Calmast WIT on Kilfarassy beach, Co. Waterford. Picture: Patrick Browne

From Evelyn Cusack in Waterford to Dusk Chorus in Waterford, Wexford and Carlow the Bealtaine Living Earth Festival (18-26 May) has something for all

Schools family groups, gardening enthusiasts and lovers of nature and the great outdoors across Waterford city and county will revel in the extended programme of events as part of this year’s Bealtaine Living Earth Festival. It runs from May 18 to 26 right across the south east.

Calmast, Waterford Institute of Technology’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Engagement Centre, is proud to have even more events in Carlow and Wexford this year as the event grows in popularity, she said. She commended Waterford City and County Council for its invaluable support.

Fifty free events

The massive free schedule includes over 50 events for adults, schools and all the family and celebrates biodiversity in the region, Calmast’s Dr Cordula Weiss said.

The Waterford programme kicks off on May 18 at 11am and again at 1pm with Gardening for Pollinators: All things Buzzing and Beautiful, an event at the WIT West Campus at Carriganore run by Horticulture at WIT to celebrate Fascination of Plants Day. Sea Gardener, Marie Power, will lead a biodiversity walk at Garrarus Strand the same day between 11am and 12 noon.

Dusk Chorus

On May 19, Dr Weiss presents Science on the Farm, an event at Copper Coast Mini Farm from 2pm. It is already fully booked. The same afternoon, the Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens in Tramore are open for a free event from 3pm to 4pm.

The Dusk Chorus – the Songs of Nightfall at Curraghmore Estate from 7pm to 9pm is set to be a massive hit. Eric Dempsey, Bird Expert, Birds Ireland, and Author will bring enthusiasts on a dusk walk. It was one of the most keenly supported events on last year’s programme.

Met Eireann’s Head of Forecasting, Evelyn Cusask, will be a big draw. She is part of the Climate Change debate at City Hall from 3pm to 5pm on May 21. She will also be at The Munster Bar later that evening from 8pm for Ireland’s Weather – A journey through Time.

May 22, International Day of Biological Diversity

Stunning Mount Congreve is the venue on May 22, International Day of Biological Diversity, for Mount Congreve Unseen with Paddy Dwan, naturalist, author and photographer. It runs from 6.30pm to 8pm.

Bunmahon is the place to be earlier that day as the Copper Coast Geopark Centre hosts an open day with a talk about the changing landscape of Waterford from 11am to 12.30.

Other events on the programme for Waterford include Treasures of Earth workshop at Garter Lane Gallery on May 23 at 6pm with gemmologist, Tina Keating. The Secret of the Gardens at Mount Congreve runs from 6pm on May 24 and Robbie Galvin, Geologist will be at the Copper Coast Geological Walk from 7pm for a walk that takes attendees through hundreds of millions of years of the earth’s history.

One of the final Waterford events is at Annestown Beach on the coast road between Tramore and Dungarvan on May 26 from 2pm to 4.30pm. It is with geologist, Tina Keating and will be a great medium through which to learn about the geological history of the area.


For more, log on to www.livingearth.ie  and check out Facebook for the events: @BealtaineBiodiversity 

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