Abbeyleix Almanac TV


Launching live this Saturday, February 6th on Facebook.com/Abbeyleix

Live from Abbeyleix every Saturday morning at 11am on February 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th and March 6th, Dr Niamh Shaw, science communicator in residence and Abbeyleix Tidy Towns will host Abbeyleix Almanac TV – an online show live on Facebook with local community contributions on nature, bird watching, gardening, sustainable energy, crafts, local heritage, climate action, citizen science, future projects and lots more.

Dr Niamh Shaw will be joined weekly by the resident Tidy Towns’ contributors Fiona McGowan, Mark Clancy, Robbie Quinn, Mary White and Eugene O’Brien. In the first episode this Saturday, February 6th, they will talk on a range of interests including, gardening, saving money on energy in our homes, building nests for the Dipper, and the recently installed sensors that monitor traffic, air quality, etc.

Niamh Shaw, Science Communicator in Residence at the Community Garden Abbeyleix for a start up meeting for the new Abbeyleix Climate Action Project in partnership with Abbeyleix Tidy Towns. The initiative is supported by Creative Ireland Laois as part of the Creative Ireland Programme (2017-2022) in partnership with Laois County Council and Midlands Science.
Picture: Alf Harvey.

Join the conversation live and put your questions to the panel on Facebook or in advance of the show. There is no registration required, go to Facebook.com/Abbeyleix.

In addition, joining Niamh and the Tidy Towns team for the launch of Abbeyleix Almanac TV and its first episode ever is Brian Maher exploring the origins of the Abbeyleix fountains, and Ricky Whelan of BirdWatch Ireland explaining why Starling murmurations occur and what other wildlife we can spot in our locality this week.

In addition, Jeffrey Roe, founder of Dublin Makespace TOG.ie will chat about his upcoming ‘MAKE’ workshop and how to get involved as part of the Midlands Science programme for Engineers Week. And last but not least is local celebrity James McInerney, who was 2020 runner-up in BBC’s Glow Up show – James will join the team to chat about his love of nature and how it inspires him in his creative make-up and mask creations.

Mark Clancy, Abbeyleix Tidy Towns; Robbie Quinn, Abbeyleix Tidy Towns; Catherine Casey, Laois Heritage Officer; Niamh Shaw, Science Communicator in Residence; Mary White, Abbeyleix Tidy Towns; Ann Lawlor, Creative Ireland Laois and Dr Fiona MacGowan, Abbeyleix Tidy Towns at the Community Garden Abbeyleix for a start up meeting for the new Abbeyleix Climate Action Project in partnership with Abbeyleix Tidy Towns. The initiative is supported by Creative Ireland Laois as part of the Creative Ireland Programme (2017-2022) in partnership with Laois County Council and Midlands Science.
Picture: Alf Harvey.

There is so much to look forward to in this first ever episode of Abbeyleix Almanac TV on Saturday, February 6th at 11am, and is guaranteed to cheer you up during lockdown, re-connect you with the local community and get you back out into nature.

Abbeyleix Almanac TV is an Abbeyleix Tidy Towns initiative in association with the Abbeyleix Climate Action project. Supported by Creative Laois as part of the Creative Ireland Programme (2017-2022) in partnership with Laois County Council, Abbeyleix Tidy Towns and Midlands Science. For more information on Abbeyleix Climate Action project, email climateaction@laoiscoco.ie.