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Action for Bogs & Wildlife

For those of you within striking distance of DUBLIN on a Wednesday at 1pm or 7pm, why not visit the National Museum of Ireland to learn about Ireland's Bogland Heritage ? A series of 9 lectures have been organised by the education staff on all aspects of our bogland heritage, They are free and you can enjoy a short lecture at lunch or an extended evening lecture at 7pm in the National Museum, Kildare Street.

The programme is as follows. Further information

16 Oct Irish bog bodies - Raghnall O Floinn

23 Oct Ireland's bogland Wildife - Eanna Ni Lamhna

30 Oct Logs from the Bogs: the use of bog wood - John McCabe

6 Nov Irish bogs Heritage and Conservation - Catherine O'Connell IPCC

13 Nov Heritage beneath the bogs: Ceide ields/Belderrig - Seamas Caulfield

20 Nov Bogland Birds - Oscar Merne

27 Nov Irish Bog roads and their comparanda abroad - Barry Raftery

4 Dec Ireland's Ice age animals - the story from bogs - Nigel Monaghan

11 Dec Bogland finds in the National Museum - Eamonn Kelly

Irish Peatland Conservation Council

119 Capel Street

Dublin 1


Tel & Fax +353-1-8722397

Tel +353-1-8722384



LOCATION: Universität Wien, Dr. Karl Lueger Ring 1, A-1010 Vienna, Austria

If interested in participating with a paper presentation or poster, send title and (for papers) ca. 250 word abstract (for posters short description ca. 50-100 words of topic covered) until 31.10.2002 to

Raimund Karl

Papers are expected to be in either German, English or French. Any topic related to Celtic Studies welcome. Further details to be announced as soon as they become available (on the UofV Celtic Studies homepage at - but don`t expect anything up there before 31.10.2002)

COSTS: Conference fee: students free, OAPs day ticket 10, conference ticket 25


ACCOMMODATION: arrangements for (comparably) cheap accomodation can be made upon request. However, Vienna is a tourism-oriented city, and thus costs are relatively high even for the most basic accomodation. Calculate with at least 20 per night.
TRAVEL: Vienna can be reached by train or plane from almost all European destinations pretty easily. Vienna has a good public transport system at relatively low prices, a day ticket allowing travel with all public transport within Vienna costing 5, a 3-day ticket 12. Some bus services run 24hrs, so even at night you should be able to get to wherever you want. Meals: average meals cost about 10.
SOME OTHER THINGS: Vienna in February means... in the mid of winter. Weather can be pretty nice - but it is not necessarily so. Temperatures may be as high as 15Celsius, but they may as well be as low as -20Celsius, with half a metre of snow. Bring warm clothing (just in case).
ONE LAST THING... This is a student`s conference. As such, we will have serious papers (after all, organising the conference and giving papers is part of a class we in Vienna get graded for), but the thing also is about getting to know each other and having fun. As such, we won`t have a totally dry conference.

Third Annual Brehon Law Symposium


Trinity College, Friday January 24th - Sunday January

26th, 2003. Sponsored by the Faculty of Law, Trinity


FRIDAY: Location to be announced.

SATURDAY: Ussher Theatre, Arts Building

SUNDAY: Field Trip: Carrickmines Castle.

Fénechas - Brehon Law Project is pleased to announce confirmation of the January Brehon Law Symposium, entitled 'Law on the Frontier'. The title is inspired by the recent excavations at Carrickmines Castle, which stood for centuries at the edge of the Pale, and the frontier between Irish and English law. However, there are many other legal 'frontiers' which may be discussed, at the discretion of the contributor.

We invite potential authors to present a brief topic proposal to this list, or mail it to Vincent Salafia, Féechas - Brehon Law Project, 4 Dartmouth Square, Dublin 6. [] So far, Catharine Simms and Raimund Karl have submitted exciting proposals for papers. We look forward to hearing more.


Festival of Trees

To November 8th

Crann's annual festival of trees, Féile Shamhna na gCrann. Tapping intotrees: In Celtic times, Samhain marked the beginning of the year and the Festivalo apparently taps into this mood of renewal and reflection. Guided forest walks, stories about trees, hedgerow workshops, community tree planting and practical demonstrations on seed saving and tree propagation take place around the country. Programme details of the tree festival: or email


1 - 3 November

Launch of the Irish Branch of the Ancient Tree Forum, Crom Estate, Co. Fermanagh

The Ancient Tree Forum was established in 1998 and is the main UK organisation dedicated to the conservation and management of veteran trees in the British Isles, Launch includes lectures on identification and management of veteran trees and their associated flora and fauna and field trips to look at some of the old trees and discuss ways in which they can be managed to enhance their longevity whilst maintaining a safe environment. Contact: Ballyclare House, Longwood, Co. Meath, 353 (0) 405 55879 / +353 (0)86 821 4817


12 November Celebrating Samhain

"The Sacred Tree and the Brehon Laws" by Ted Cook

3:15 PM. National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

25 November

"Forest Research and the 6th Framework Programme - Challenges and Opportunities". Paris, France. Please see further details on the event website at

30 November - 1 December ; Weekend in The Woods

Bealkelly Woods, Tuamgraney, Co Clare.

Following the success of our earlier Heritage Weekend and the recent Ecotopia event, CELT has been approached by Gluaiseacht to develop a series of environmental and traditional training courses. The aim is to offer a number of courses running simultaneously and open to anyone.


Producing sculpted basketry, planting a living willow structure. Course

Tutor: Green Mantle


Building a bike powered forge and making tools and decorative items.

Course Tutor: Peter Collins



The course will include medium and large scale production of charcoal for barbecue and art use and construction of simple hand made kilns.

Course Tutor: Phil Stringer



This course will concentrate on Hazel wickerworks, Hurdles and woodland

management in line with the Native Woodland Grant Scheme.

Course Tutor: Joe Gowran



Basic technique for Dry Stone Walling, Stile Making and simple decorative features suitable for gardens.

Course Tutor: Bob Wilson



The course will cover techniques of using green wood to produce a variety of simple turned items. Course Tutor: to be confirmed.



Management of hedgerows has become a serious conservation issue in recent years. The course will cover the historical context, traditional techniques and use of hand tools.

Course Tutor: Neil Foulkes


Participants will learn identification and gathering of herbs, and production of simple infusions and remedies.

Course Tutor: Kes Clarke



The water supply at Bealkelly Wood is pumped from a natural spring (which was tested and found to be of very good quality). The course will cover the construction, siting and maintenance of simple ram pumps. Probably quite interesting and useful. Rams are a good, if by times fussy method of getting water to climb hills.

Course Tutor: Gary Ellis.



This course will be hosted by Irish seedsavers and will provide an opportunity to gain knowledge about old species of trees, saving techniques, apple grafting and traditional straw plaiting.



Using traditional Hand tools and locally source materials, this course will cover basic techniques of thatching to produce small structures, e.g. dove-cots, well covers and small garden shelters. Course Tutor: Brian Rodgers



This is a unique opportunity to gain basic skills in tinsmithing using recycled materials and simple hand tools.

Course Tutor: Andy Harris.



Using locally sourced timber, participants will have a chance to learn simple carving techniques, use of hand tools and choice of timber.

Course Tutor: Mike Henderson.



The Yurt is a Traditional Mongolian style of wood-framed tent. The course will include steam bending of the ash 'wheel', preparation of hazel supports and construction of a yurt.

Course Tutor: Graham Strouts


It is also planned to hold a number of short walks and seminars hosted by Dell Harding (owner and forester of Bealkelly Wood). Although all course places will have to be booked in advance, day visitors, school groups and other interested parties will be invited. Three will also be a number of information stalls, timber extraction displays, and demonstrations of mobile wood milling techniques. All courses will have ample shelter and heated workshop areas. Bring packed lunches. Tea, coffee, and endless supply of hot potatoes will be provided. It is advisable to wear warm clothes, strong boots or wellies. Course time will be from 10.00am to 4.30pm.

Visitors will be welcome between 12.00 and 4.00pm.

Cost: 14-18 yrs & students 30; Adults 40 . Book early as places

are limited. Cheques made payable to: CELT. post form and cheque to: CELT

c/o East Clare Community Co-op, Scariff, Co. Clare. More info contact Mark

Wilson 061-927456


Irish Studies: Forged/Forging Youth"

5th Annual GRIAN Conference on Irish Studies

March 7-9, 2003

Glucksman Ireland House, New York University

Irish Studies, while still "young," has in recent years come of age as a discipline. And with that relative maturity arise issues beyond those of discovery and establishment that have dominated much of the "youthful" discourse to-date. Both new responsibilities and possibilities arise at such a juncture, as well as contrary applications of traditional material. We are very excited at the possibility of a conference that embodies youthfulness in all its resistance to conventional definitions, and instead applies the multiple manifestations of that term in order to explore the concept of "youth" -the content, the methodology, the historiography and the interdisciplinarity of Irish Studies at its current moment.

Conference methodology:

Critical projects are in constant danger of transforming their objects of study into "children"- the push to make studies alive, pertinent and relevant endlessly inaugurating an act of "parentage." But these same critical projects also provide spaces for creation, nurturing and development. Why/how/where/with what tools do we forge youth? To what result? Youthful things discover, develop, and establish themselves; they also get produced, exploited, and represented by others. Describing/analyzing/questioning how Irish Studies has made its subject youthful and/or how youth has been the subject of Irish Studies is a return to the smithy's workshop as the site of conception/construction/contention; to see where, how, why and in what way we make pliable the raw material of youth in the ongoing fabrication of our discipline.

Regardless of particular focus, we especially desire works that are self-reflective about their processes. We hope to talk not simply about "youth" or Ireland, but to think critically and to complicate the term through the vehicle of Irish Studies. To forge, to make/create, to rebel. Some particulars to consider: the "non-traditional family" (i.e. Irish Studies and interdisciplinarity); the parents (mentorship, wisdom and generational anxiety); the children (what they witness, how they develop, what they remember); plus all of their stories (in works of literature, history, art, film, etc.).nOther applications might include questions of. forging or coining identity; politics of youth; memoir and nostalgia; formation and adolescence; rituals and rites of passage; rebellion; play and sport; innocence and naivete; witnessing and interpreting, or witnessing rather than interpreting violence; mythology of youth; memory; and self-consciousness. Methodological applications might explore new approaches to. (re)writing or (re)conceiving nationality; historiography; iconography; psychology and origins; anxieties of influence; education and teaching; and varieties of curriculum. This working conference, for both emerging and established scholars, will be held March 7-9, 2003 at Glucksman Ireland House (1 Washington Mews, New York, NY). Paper and panel proposals are due December 13, 2002. We welcome relevant papers from all disciplines. Those presented at the conference will be considered for publication in the fourth volume of Foilsiu, an Irish Studies journal. In addition, travel and/or housing assistance may be available for graduate student presenters.For information, or to propose a paper or panel, email


14 November

Forest Regulation: a threat to production Forestry?

ITGA/COFORD Annual seminar 2002. UCD Industry Centre, Belfield, Dublin 4.

[Supported by the NDP]

Opening: John Browne, TD, Minister at State at the DoCMRR

"The impact of new and planned environmental procedures and regulations on afforestation and forest management in Ireland", Kevin Hutchinson, Sales and Marketing, Coillte Teo, the State Forestry Board. "Forest Regulations in other European Countries - lessons for Ireland", Henry Phillips, consultant to IFIC and Farmer's Journal Forestry Correspondent.

"The Impact of forestry regulation and policy on the economic viability of forestry - an international perspective", Mike Mosman, Vice-President of Resources at Port Blakely, USA and New Zealand.

"Regulating our Forestry Resources - where to from here?" Gerry Cody, DoCMRN

"Multifunctionality as the basis for EU forest strategy and the 6th Environmental Action Plan", Mr Joost Van de Velde, DG Environment, Nature, and Biodiversity Section

Closing: Ms. Angela Coffey, Treasurer ITGA and Member COFORD Council

Attendance (including refreshments and lunch) 50

Registration by 8 November 2002 to No website advertised.

25 November

"Forest Research and the 6th Framework Programme - Challenges and Opportunities". Paris, France. Please see further details on the event website at





Organising Secretary: CATHERINE SWIFT

Programme Secretary: COLMAN ETCHINGHAM

The Seventeenth Irish Conference of Medievalists will be the first, in a series stretching back to 1987, to be held outside Maynooth. Next year's venue, St Kieran's College, is located in Kilkenny, a compact city which boasts an unusually impressive - by Irish standards - surviving medieval fabric and ambience. The surrounding countryside is also replete with relics of the Middle Ages, from ogam stones to tower houses. Kilkenny is an obvious location for the Medievalists' Conference and St Kieran's College enjoys an institutional link with NUI Maynooth as the venue for some of our distance learning programmes.



Offers of papers are invited on medieval archaeology, art, history, language, learning and literature. Preference will be given to papers with a bearing on Irish and Insular medieval studies.

Length of papers: Either 45-50 minutes (10-15 minutes discussion) or 20-25 minutes (5-10 minutes discussion).


NUI MAYNOOTH, CO. KILDARE, IRELAND by the deadline of 28 FEBRUARY 2003.Phone: (353 1) 7083816; Fax: (353 1) 7083314; e-mail:

Responses should indicate: (1) YOUR NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE OR E-MAIL


(3) LENGTH OF PAPER (45-50 or 20-25 minutes)

(4) BRIEF ABSTRACT OF PAPER (max. 100 words)


Details of FEES FOR REGISTRATION, ON-CAMPUS MEALS AND ACCOMMODATION will be circulated, together with the CONFERENCE PROGRAMME, in March 2003. Those needing advance information on these details, for securing funding from their institutions, should contact the Organising Secretary, DR CATHERINE SWIFT, DEPT OF HISTORY, NUI MAYNOOTH, CO. KILDARE, IRELAND (e-mail: ), for a provisional estimate of costs. YOU CAN ACCESS OUR WEBSITE AT



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