Communities Caring for Water

We are delighted to have been joined by 246 people from across the whole of Ireland for this online event. It included valuable information and knowledge sharing from communities and experts working to protect and enhance water quality and the wider environment. A recording of the event is available at the following link:


09.00 Welcome

  • Mark Horton, The Rivers Trust
  • Sean Keating, Local Authority Waters Programme

09.10 Updates from local trusts and catchment community groups

  • Liz Gabbett, Maigue Rivers Trust/Resilience Project
  • Pat Boyd, Keep Kilkenny Beautiful
  • Tommy Earley, Farming for Nature Ambassador
  • Jason Nash, Bandon Rivers Trust

09.30 Communications: Cutting through the noise of COVID Presentation + Q&A

  • Jayne Mann, The Rivers Trust
  • Gretta McCarron, An Fóram Uisce | The Water Forum

10.00 Citizen Science Presentation, Panel Discussion + Q&A

  • Fran Igoe, Local Authority Waters Programme
  • Trish Murphy, Inishowen Rivers Trust

10.30 Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Presentations + Q&A

  • Bernie Bradley, Social inclusion Officer, Monaghan County Council
  • Geraldine McTavish, GAA
  • Packie Kelly, Teach na Daoine Family Resource Centre
  • Zeinab El Mustafa, Cultural Champion

11.00 – 11.15 Break

11.15 Building for the Future Presentations

  • Sheevaun Thompson, Local Authority Waters Programme – Funding Opportunities
  • Mark Lloyd, The Rivers Trust strategy – island of Ireland development
  • Jimmy McVeigh, LAWPRO – How we are supporting communities
  • Olive Carey, Shannon Wetlands Project Urban Wetlands – Building Partnerships for Nature and People
  • Philip James & Micheal O’Cinneide, Not giving up on LIFE – Developing a public data sharing platform for Ireland’s freshwater environment

12.15 Launch of Community Water Development Fund

  • Sheevaun Thompson, Local Authority Waters Programme

12.20 Open Q&A

12.55 Closing Remarks

  • Bernie O’Flaherty, Local Authority Waters Programme