25 years of the Conamara Sea Week

11th Oct 2009 This year the Conamara Sea Week celebrates 25 years. the IWDG have been involved since the early 1990's and the event has acted as an inspiration to the IWDG in its informative years.

IWDG will be strongly represented with IWDG Co-ordinator Simon Berrow, Director Fiacc O'Brolchain and Committee member Faith Wilson and Eithne FGriffin (ex-Committee) giving talks.

The main event of the Bank Holiday weekend will be the Conamara Sea Week Conference – a retrospective, looking back over 25 years. ‘Looking Back on 25 Years' Over the years the Conamara Sea Week ‘Conference' (more a gathering) has thrown up an extraordinary eclectic mix of speakers from many disciplines and many parts of the world. This birthday celebration presents a representative sample of the various gatherings which took place over the last 25 years.

The venue is Letterfrack NS and the conference starts Saturday 24th at 10.30am and continues on Sunday at 11.00am with a wonderful line up of scientists, poets and musicians that should make for a great weekend.

IWDG Director, Architect and Alternative Energy Expert, Fiacc O'Brolcháin will give a talk on ‘Small Hydropower in Ireland' in Renvyle House Hotel on Thursday 22nd at 9.00pm.


Simon Berrow has been working on whales and dolphins in Ireland since 1989 and is co-ordinator of the Irish Whale & Dolphin Group. He has considerable knowledge on the conservation issues facing Ireland and works towards assisting the Irish government fulfil its obligations.

Doug Allan is a world famous wildlife camera man who has filmed all over the world from poles to the tropics – well known for his work on the BBC series ‘Planet Earth'. Doug and his partner Sue have a house in Conamara and their warm generous presence is a great addition to our area.

On May 27, 1993, J. Dawson Stellfox became the first Irish man to reach the summit of Mount Everest and is past president and curent Board Member of Mountaineering Ireland. When Dawson is not climbing mountains he works as an outstanding architect with a special interests in vernacular architecture.

Tom Lawlor is an amazing Irish Photographer with an international reputation. Hugely impressive CV, well known broadcaster, guest speaker and a regular on Newstalk and Marian Finnucan show,worked as a photojournalist with the Irish Times for 17 years.

The reclusive Marguerite McCurtain is an inveterate traveller and outstanding broadcaster. Her insatiable curiosity has led her to many exotic locations on the planet but she remains firmly connected to her Island roots on Inishbofin where she is proud to be a member of the Day Clann.

Faith Wilson (ecologist) will bring you on a whirlwind tour of some of the best whale watching destinations in the world including Ireland, South Africa, Iceland, Costa Rica and Baja Mexico where she encountered the largest living animal on earth – the blue whale.

Fiona O'Farrell (artist and special needs teacher) will inspire you with a sense of South East Asia and it's beautiful people, landscape and crafts following her travels through Burma, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

Eithne Griffin (artist) will share some of her recent travels in South Africa where she made a documentary on the traditional Sangoma healers, which inspired her latest works on cloth.

The elusive Sligo born award winning poet Michael Gorman has been director of the International Writers Summer School at NUIG for many years. Also editor of various collections and author of ‘Postcards from Galway', ‘Waiting for the Sky to Fall' and ‘Up She Flew'. Casts a sharp eye on life.

Eva Bourke is originally from Germany but has long since lived in Galway. Her poetry is full of magic and possibility. A number of collections under her belt, ‘The Latitue of Naples' is her latest collection. Eva can be heard on our latest CD.

Donegal born award winning poet Moya Cannon lives in Galway. Her works include ‘Oar', ‘The Parchment Boat' and ‘Carrying the S

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