Exhibition of River Derry Bubbles Project
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.