Did you get to go to a parade today? Were you at the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Greystones? If so, you might see yourself and people you know. Last year’s parade (2018) had an Arctic theme and lasted twenty minutes ( the paraders ran) because a storm came in, but this year we had a magnificent sunny day and it was the largest parade I have ever witnessed in Greystones. Watch and enjoy:
February 2 was World Wetlands Day, honouring the creation of the World Wetland’s Commission at Ramsar in Iran in 1971, and I was kindly invited to the unveiling of a new website dedicated to Irish wetlands to celebrate, designed by Áine O’ Leary: www.irishwetlands.ie/ .
The event was held in Wicklow County Buildings and was hosted by Deirdre Burns (Wicklow’s Heritage Officer) and Councillor Sylvester Burke. The County Manager, Eddie Sheehy was presiding and also in attendance were three very special guests: ecologist Karin Dubsky the chair of Ireland’s Ramsar Committee, BirdWatch Ireland ornithologist Dick Coombes, and renowned wildlife film-maker and naturalist Éamonn De Buitléar.
After the indoor event Dick Coombes led us on a wetlands walk, assisted by botanist Faith Wilson, one of Wicklow’s greatest living naturalists.
Below are just a just a small selection of photos from the day.