Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Ballymote Family Resource Centre

On Saturday 31 May from 2 – 5pm the Ballymote Family Resource Centre will host the highlight of this year’s Bealtaine Festival, a visual arts project entitled ‘The Elephant in the Bakery – Unexpected Views of Ballymote’.

Bealtaine is a festival ‘Celebrating Creativity in Older Age’ that runs through out the month of May each year, and since February 2008, local active age group members, day care centre users together with local young people aged nine upwards have been working on an arts project that will be showcased to the public on the last day of May in the Ballymote Family Resource Centre, a fitting tribute to the end of this year’s festival.

The group decided to focus on the theme of what makes a community and how we welcome people to that community. The group worked with local artists Karen Webster and Catherine Fanning alongside founding director Susan Langford and artist Sue Mayo from Magic Me, a leading provider in intergenerational arts activities from London. Young and old alike were involved in the process of devising a fun, creative and educational project. A series of art workshops took place on Saturday mornings each week in the Centre during March, April and the final preparations are been made this month.

Come and see the collection of multi media images depicting unusual scenes of the town and of events that took place though the streets of the large market town. Ceramic tiles were also created with words and imagery that convey a sign of welcome or how we greet people. Keep your eyes open for the Double Decker bus that will be in Ballymote for the day, as some of the artwork, ‘Unexpected Views of Ballymote’ are on the bus.

The event is free and open to the public of all ages. Looking forward to seeing some of you in Ballymote on Saturday 31 May.


Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Leitrim Design House - In the Garden

in the garden
May 16th to June 16th 2008

A collaborative exhibitionbetween two of Leitrim’s most outstanding wood turners Niall Millar and Roy Humphreys.

Both makers are working in wood but with differing designs and products. Both highlight the beauty and diverse uses of wood, bringing age-old crafts into the twenty-first century.

Their brand new collection of hand-crafted garden and household produce come from the forests of County Leitrim. “In the Garden” features a range of items for the home and garden, some traditional, some modern, from potato mashers, honey spoons, and coffee scoops to hay rakes and shoe scrapers.

“in the garden” events at the Leitrim Design House
Demonstration of green woodworking
Thursday 22nd May 12.30-1.30

Showing the use of a pole-lathe, shaving horse and other hand tools. The pole-lathe is an apparatus for turning freshly-cut (green) wood into useful items with a chisel and a foot. The shaving horse is used to hold wood to be shaped with a draw-knife.
Admission is free.

“Kids wood world”
Saturday 17th May—11am—4pm
Come along to learn in a fun way about different types of local wood and their uses. Play with wooden toys, try your hand and leg at the pole-lathe (9-99yrs), make a wooden toy like cars, figures (dog, cat), planes, all done with the use of your imagination and not one drop of electricity!
Admission is free.

Monday, May 12, 2008

A Landmark Conference on Carbon Footprinting

A Landmark Conference on .......
Carbon Footprinting


Energy use and the impact of business activities on climate change are strategic challenges for enterprises today - Carbon Footprinting is a means of identifying and managing those impacts.
On 28 May 2008 - at the Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 - the Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC) will host a landmark conference on Carbon Footprinting - the first of its kind in Ireland - with the support of Sustainable Energy Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and the Change Campaign - Ireland’s Plan of Action on Climate Change.

The conference is an exciting opportunity for Irish businesses to explore the role of carbon footprinting in the individual business response to the challenges of climate change and environmental sustainability. Guest speakers will include international and national experts and practitioners who will explain the mechanics of carbon footprinting, showcase best practice in terms of carbon management and sustainability and highlight opportunities for Irish businesses wishing to take control of and reduce emissions.
The event will answer the following key questions -

What is a carbon footprint and what does it mean for my business?
Why and how is it measured?
How can a carbon footprint be offset and verified?
How is carbon footprinting being utilised across business sectors?
Who should attend?

Organisations concerned about their impact on climate change and who wish to take action to improve performance Organisations new to the language of climate change and carbon footprinting and who wish to discover what is possible Organisations already actively involved on energy management, climate change and sustainability issues.

To download the Conference Brochure - together with Booking Form - Click Here


Irish Whale & Dolphin Group

There are two Cetacean Identification and Recording Workshops coming up over the next few weeks:
Saturday 24 May at the Colaste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon, Co Donegal. Contact:
Sunday 25 May 2008 at the Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Centre, Kilrush, Co Clare. Contact:
The aim of these workshops is to introduce people to the identification and recording of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoise) in Irish waters. The workshop will include field identification of cetaceans at sea and from remains washed up on shore including skull characteristics. A DVD, which includes footage of cetaceans filmed in Irish waters, will also be used as an identification aid. Finally we will discuss how to record cetaceans and the validation procedure for accepting records.


Thursday, May 8, 2008

Guth Gafa - Films on the Edge

Guth Gafa - Films on the Edge
15-18 May 2008

The 3rd Guth Gafa Documentary Film Festival will run from Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th of May in Gortahork in the Donegal Gaeltacht.
The programme (attached as PDF) of 25+ quality international and Irish documentary premieres, has an emphasis on human rights, an Irish language strand, and aPolish season. All films will have a Q & A with the director.
Our motto of ‘see all the films, meet all the directors’ is the very essence of Guth Gafa.
Tickets will be available from our box office in Main St. GortahorkFestival Pass (3 days, all films) - €40 (concessions €30)Single Screenings - €6(concessions €4)
Please ask for "Greenbox Special" to receive €20 Festival Pass at Box Office
For more information please go

Friday, May 2, 2008


Hi Everyone

I thought that this was a good explanation of the term "greenwashing".

"To whitewash over something is to cover the cracks so when people talk about whitewashing over the issues they mean that the real issues aren’t being dealt with. Therefore, when people refer to things as being greenwashed or mention greenwashing it means that consumers are being misled by false advertising while the real environmental and ecological aspects are ignored."

If you want to read more from the article that this came from click on the link:

Do you know the six sins of greenwashing:

Sin of the hidden trade off
Sin of No Proof
Sin of Vagueness
Sin of Irrelevance
Sin of Lesser of Two Evils
Sin of Fibbing

There is a full article detailing each one of these and it makes interesting reading. If you'd like to read them, click on the link

Thanks Everyone, Karen.