Ex­hi­bi­tion of River Derry Bub­bles Project

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

A River Derry Bub­bles Project ex­hi­bi­tion by Kil­com­mon Na­tional School will be held in the Ti­na­hely Li­brary on Wed­nes­day, June 19 at 1.30 p.m.

The ex­hi­bi­tion has been or­gan­ised by Sarah Rubal­cava of Rubal­cava Her­itage Ser­vices, Maeve Hunter, artist ed­u­ca­tor with the help of Joanne Ka­tus of Kil­com­mon Na­tional School.

The River Derry Bub­bles Project is a pi­lot project in Ti­na­hely de­vel­oped by Sarah Rubal­cava of Rubal­cava Her­itage Ser­vices.

Dur­ing the project, third and fourth class pupils of Kil­com­mon Na­tional School in Ti­na­hely have have been led on a jour­ney learn­ing about the Derry river and catch­ment area. A catch­ment has been de­scribed as “a com­mu­nity re­lated by wa­ter”. Mean­while, Maeve Hunter guided the pupils with the devel­op­ment of a River Derry Bub­bles diary, mak­ing a World Wa­ter’s Day card, and an up-cy­cled, wa­ter themed t-shirt. Th­ese are some of the items that will be on dis­play as part of the ex­hi­bi­tion in Ti­na­hely Li­brary.

Some of the out­door learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences en­joyed by the pupils in­cluded bring­ing the kids to the lo­cal wa­ter ab­strac­tion and treat­ment units, and a visit to Tom­nafinnoge Woods (Spe­cial Area of Con­ser­va­tion) where the kids got up close and per­sonal with the aquatic life in the river. A visit to the school by Mary Ryan of Kerry Foods, Shil­le­lagh, helped the stu­dent see how food is linked with the river.

The project was funded and sup­ported by Wick­low County Coun­cil through the lo­cal au­thor­ity’s Lo­cal Agenda 21 En­vi­ron­men­tal Fund and Ti­na­hely Com­mu­nity Projects. The River Derry Bub­bles Project has helped to raise aware­ness of the bio­di­ver­sity, uses and is­sues as­so­ci­ated with an Ir­ish river on a lo­cal scale. Sarah hopes to ex­pand the project and al­low The Bub­bles jour­ney down the river pass­ing on im­por­tant mes­sages as they head to­wards the Slaney and even be­yond.

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