Congratulations to Karen O’Neill, KerryLIFE PhD student who had the below photographs selected for the Teagasc ‘Visions of Research & Innovation’ calendar.   Farming the Uplands Farming in the UplandsMussel Fascinator

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The Forest Service (Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine) and Woodlands of Ireland are running a Native Woodlands Scheme training course on the 6th & 7th October 2016 at Summerhill House Hotel, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow. Individuals wishing to register for this upcoming course are asked to contact Delcan Little (087 6685823) or Kevin Collins (087 2229200) for a registration form.

The total fee for the 2-day course is €100. This fee is charged as a contribution towards costs, and includes teas/coffees, lunches and course handouts. Please note, places are capped at 100 and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

For Native Woodlands Scheme documents, log onto:http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/forestservices/grantsandpreniums2015-2016


The Irish Forum on Natural Capital is running their 2016 conference ‘Making Nature Count’ on Tuesday 4th October at The Studio, National Concert Hall, Dublin 2. For more information and to register, log onto http://www.naturalcapitalireland.com/conference.html


The KerryLIFE team were delighted to have the opportunity to run the U10 & U12 ‘Pearl Shield’ football competition on Wednesday last, 6th July 2016.  Played in the Lickeen pitch, the Glenbeigh/Glencar and Templenoe U10 & U12 teams kept the spectators on the edge of their seats, in what turned out to be very sporting and exciting matches.  At the final whistle, Glenbeigh/Glencar’s U10s had pulled away to claim the U10 ‘Pearl Shield’, and Templenoe’s U12 were worthy winners of the U12 ‘Pearl Shield’. Kerry Footballer, Darran O’Sullivan presented the victorious captains, Shonagh Donovan of Glenbeigh/Glencar U10s and Dara Casey of Templenoe’s U12s with their respective ‘Pearl Shields’.  The KerryLIFE Project Administrator, Nuala McDaid presented the mentors of both clubs with training equipment. Now in its second year, the ‘Pearl Shield’ football competition is ensconced in the GAA calendar and will be run annually.

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Pride of Place, 21st June 2016: KerryLIFE participated in the IPB Pride of Place Award in association with Co-operation Ireland. Pride of Place is an all-island competition that acknowledges the work that communities are doing all over the island of Ireland. The Glencar community rallied and all 19 groups in the parish from Parent and Toddlers, GAA, Takewan-do, Rural Transport, sheep dog-trial, sheaf tossing, Community Care, Glencar Community Centre and KerryLIFE participated. It was a fantastic occasion and brought together the whole community with a huge number of people contributing posters for their group, tidying up the parish, preparing the Community Centre, school, playing field and the many bridges and road verges along the 23 km of the route taken by the judges (two former County Managers). The KerryLIFE project played an active role along with Cappanalea Outdoor Education Centre in co-ordinating and facilitating the various groups wherever assistance was required. The results of the competition will be announced later in the summer.

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There was a great turnout to the KerryLIFE Mid-summer Moth Madness and all those that attended thoroughly enjoyed the evening and/or morning session on the 17th/18th June 2016. While the White Prominent Moth eluded us, a wide variety of moth species were trapped over the two nights and those in attendance were delighted with the moths on display. 40 people (including 10 children) attended both sessions.

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ESB Tree Week: On the 10th March 2016, the KerryLIFE Project in conjunction with Coillte gave an indigenous sapling to all the children in Boheshill and Glounaguillagh National Schools to promote ESB Tree Week.

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‘Pearl Shield’ Football Competition: To actively engage with the local community, the project team have got involved with the two local GAA clubs in the catchments: Glenbeigh/Glencar(link to www.glenbeighglencargaa.com) and Templenoe (link to www.templenoegaa.ie). The inaugural ‘Pearl Shield’ football competition took place on the 23rd July 2015 between the U12s from both clubs in the Dromore Pitch, Blackwater on Thursday, 23rd July at 6.00 p.m., in what was a surprising glorious summers evening. Both teams kept the spectators on the edge of their seats, in what turned out to be a very sporting and exciting match. With minutes to spare however, Glenbeigh/Glencar pulled away from Templenoe to claim the ‘Pearl Shield’.

Last year’s Kerry Minor All-Ireland winning star, Killian Spillane presented both teams with medals and the victorious Glenbeigh/Glencar captain, Jack McGillycuddy with the U12 ‘Pearl Shield’. The KerryLIFE Project Team Leader, Richard O’Callaghan presented the mentors of both teams with training equipment. Following the success of this inaugural match, the KerryLIFE ‘Pearl Shield’ football competition is now ensconced in the GAA calendar and will be run annually!



School Logo Competition: To kick start the project’s involvement with the schools, the project team ran a competition for school children from five primary schools – Boheshill N.S; Gloungaguillagh N.S; Blackvalley N.S; Scoil Eoin N.S., Tahilla and St. John’s N.S., Kenmare – to inspire the logo for the KerryLIFE project in May 2015. As part of the brief given to the children, they were asked to portray the freshwater pearl mussel in the logo. In addition, we also encouraged them to include farm, forestry and people in their entries. A total of ninety-three entries were received from four primary schools in the area. Renowned artists Pauline Bewick and her daughter, Poppy Melia kindly agreed to take on the difficult task of selecting an overall winner along with a winning entry from each of the other schools.

The entry received from, Coralie Pautrel from St. John’s N.S. Kenmare was chosen as the overall winner. In addition to Coralie getting a €250 ‘one4all’ voucher, the school received a €500 to spend on Information technology to promote environmental awareness. The winning entries for the other three schools who each received a €50 ‘one4all’voucher, were: Orla Dunphy – Boheshill N.S; Fionn O’Sullivan – Glounaguillagh N.S; and Michael O’Connor – Scoil Eoin N.S.



Public Information Meetings: A meeting was held in the Templenoe on the 8th December 2014 and in Glencar Community Centre on the 9th December 2014. Both meetings were very well attended. Members of the Project Team were introduced and an overview of the project was given at those meetings.