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Laragh Glendalough notes week August 23rd

Looking down the glacial valley of Glendalough, taken from overhead the 6th century monastic settlement

New Facebook page on local wildflowers 

The Laragh and Glendalough community is home to a beautiful array of wildflowers that come into bloom during the Summer months. Although they often go unnoticed, these wildflowers provide an important food source to our pollinators. A new Facebook page has been set up to document, using photos, the wildflowers growing in the area, & to provide information on their names and distribution. The page can be found at: www.facebook.com/WildflowersLaraghGlendalough

Update from Laragh/Glendalough Sustainable Energy Community

The names of everyone who completed our home energy survey in 2020 were entered into a draw for a MiHome home energy monitor kit.  Congratulations to Michael Cullen who was the winner of the kit. We wish Michael all the best in monitoring & improving energy use in his home.

The energy survey was carried out as part of our funding from the SEAI into exploring options for improving energy efficiency in the community. We recently received a report based on the survey results from 3 Counties Energy Agency, and we are now planning the next steps based on the feedback. 

The UN’s report on climate change (published 9th August) clearly lays out the challenge that lies ahead, even for small, rural communities such as Laragh/Glendalough. Climate breakdown is now ‘widespread, rapid, and intensifying’ and the window for preventing catastrophic change is quickly closing. The report also warned of increasingly extreme heatwaves, droughts and flooding, and a key temperature limit being broken in just over a decade. Improving energy efficiency in our communities is crucial to reducing greenhouse gas emissions & moving away from our dependency on fossil fuels. We all have a part to play, and Government support will be vital to helping with the rapid transition to a clean, sustainable future.

Inland & Summer Songs By The Sea

The weather could not dampen the mood of concert goers last Saturday. We thank all the organisers and artists(Hothouse Flowers, Leslie Dowdall, Mark Caplice and Mobile Music Machine) who brought the valley into musical bliss with energy and talent to please a very appreciative audience in 2021.

The Shaking Bog

We are delighted to announce our 2021 dates – September 10th to 12th as we bring our creative writers, artists, performers and audiences back to our beautiful home in Wicklow.

The Glencree Valley will be enlivened once more with a host of well-known writers, artists and nature experts for a densely packed programme of events.

So please put the dates in your diaries, pack your wellies and make plans to join us for a vibrant blend of artistic engagement and nature immersion.

Find more information check out our website www.shakingbog.ie or follow us @theshakingbog across social media. To become a friend of the festival, see our website for more information. 

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