Faoin Spéir

Funded under the Galway 2020 Small Towns Big Ideas programme
DATE September 2020
LOCATION Oranmore

Long before humans arrived in Ireland, migratory birds have filled our skies and populated our lands and seas.

Image: Crow Crag Productions

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.

The Galway 2020 Small Towns Big Ideas project Faoin Spéir seeks to present this story through folklore, film and contemporary ecological study. Working with schools dotted around Galway Bay Dr Críostóir Mac Cárthaigh from UCD School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore and Andrew Power of GMIT Marine & Freshwater Research Centre will develop a bespoke classroom workshop that reveals our ancient relationship with our feathered friends in Irish folklore and provides a birds eye view into the daily lives of these wonderful creatures through documentary film.

The project will culminate in September 2020 with a very special event in IMC Cinema Oranmore which will include a screening of the beautiful documentary ‘Rockabill’ followed by an expert panel discussion with the Faoin Spéir team focusing on the urgent problems facing our migratory bird populations and the community initiatives in place seeking to address these problems.

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