Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture in association with Oranmore Tidy Towns present Faoin Spéir.
Long before humans arrived in Ireland, migratory birds have filled our skies and populated our lands and seas. In Summer they came to escape the heat of Africa and rear their offspring – the Swallows, Swifts and Sand Martins. In Winter they escaped from the frozen Arctic to feed on our shores and in our fields – the Geese, Swans and Lapwings. Climate change and modern farming techniques mean that there are now pressing concerns about the changes we are witnessing to these millennial old migratory patterns. Faoin Spéir seeks to present this story through folklore, film and contemporary ecological study.
Join us on 25 March where we will explore these topics through a very special online film screening and panel discussion. The panel will include the Faoin Spéir team of folklorist Dr Críostóir Mac Cárthaigh, marine ecologist Andrew Power and filmmaker Peter Cutler and they will be joined on the night by well-known broadcaster and ecologist Anja Murray. The event will include the screening of a short version of the stunning film Rockabill by Crow Crag Productions.
Faoin Spéir will be broadcast live on Galway 2020’s Facebook page from 7pm on Thursday 25 March.
Faoin Spéir Bios
Anja Murray, ecologist and broadcaster, is an expert presenter on the popular television series ‘Eco Eye’ on RTÉ1, and she has an award winning radio series called ‘Nature File’ on RTÉ Lyric FM.
Críostóir Mac Cárthaigh is Director of the National Folklore Collection at University College Dublin. With a background in folklore and archaeology, he has written widely on different aspects of Irish oral literature, vernacular architecture, traditional boats and fishing. The cultural landscape of Atlantic island and coastal communities is of particular interest to him.
Andrew Power is passionate about wildlife conservation and environmental protection. He has worked on numerous projects in Ireland, Egypt, Cape Verde and Romania; focusing on birds and butterflies. He has been a regular seabird fieldworker for BirdWatch Ireland and is currently in the final months of a PhD in GMIT researching the levels of harmful pollutants in Irish seabirds.
Peter Cutler is a professional cameraman and editor specialising in natural history filmmaking. Over the years Peter has produced numerous videos on Irish wildlife and heritage, working with various organisations including BirdWatch Ireland, the National Biodiversity Data Centre, the Heritage Council and the EU Life Programme.
Faoin Spéir is a project developed by Oranmore Tidy Towns and is funded under the Galway 2020 Small Towns Big Ideas programme.