Innovation and Partnership in the Uplands

Irish Uplands Forum  –  Autumn Meeting 2018

Innovation and Partnership in the Uplands

Venue:  Mulranny Park Hotel, Mulranny, Co Mayo

Dates:  Thursday 4th – Friday 5th October 2018

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DAY 1 Venue THURSDAY 4TH OCTOBER
 

9.15am

 

 

 

REGISTRATION  – tea & coffee on arrival

 

 

10.00am

 

 

-11.15am

 

Grainne Uaile Suite

Welcome to the Nephin Mountains uplands

 

Innovation in the Uplands: challenges & opportunities

 

Role of the Upland Partnership Network (UPN)

 

Networking for community development

 

Questions & Answers

Michael Chambers

Local rep. Nephins

Frank Nugent

Chairperson, IUF

Mary Mulvey

Co-Ordinator, UPN

Prof Frank Rennie

Isles of Scotland

11.15am COFFEE BREAK
 

 

 

 

11.35am

 

to 13.00pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grainne Uaile Suite

All-Island Upland Communities: Socio-Economic Research Report 2018

Research update commissioned by IUF

 

Mapping the Landscape: Community Innovation in Mulranny

 

National Uplands Habitats Survey – a view from Mayo

Prof. Brendan O’Keeffe

Institute for Action Research

 

Orla Murphy

Architect, Co Mayo

Jenni Roche

Co-ordinator Dublin Bay Biosphere

13.00pm LUNCH – Networking opportunity with other community members
 

 

14.00pm

 

to 14.20pm

 

Grainne Uaile Suite

Wild Nephin, Co. Mayo

Innovation in the management of Ireland’s premier  wilderness

 

Introduction to Irish Natura and Hill Farmers’ Association

Denis Strong, NPWS

Western Region

 

 

Bridget Murphy

INHFA

 

14.40pm

 

Back to Mulranny by 18.00

FIELD TRIPS

Delegates invited to select from:

Option A – Ballycroy National Park Site (Claggan & Ballcyroy site)

 

Option B – Upland Farm visit with INHFA Rep & Wild Nephin Site visit

 

Sue Callaghan, NPWS District Conservation Officer (A)

 

John Moran/Bridget Murphy (INHFA)

 

Sam Birch, NPWS Conservation Ranger

19.30 Conference Dinner and social event featuring local musicians
DAY 2 FRIDAY 5TH OCTOBER
 

 

 

 

 

9.00am to 11am

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grainne Uaile Suite

Minister’s Address: Minister Michael Ring Department of Rural and Community Development
Heritage Council: Vision for the Uplands & Natural Heritage Michael Starrett

CEO Heritage Council

Hill Farmers Attitudes towards Agri-environmental schemes Verena Berard

GMIT

Ecosystems in the Scottish uplands Prof.  Davy McCracken

Head of Hill and Mountain Research Centre

European Innovation Partnerships (EIPs):  Engines for Innovation in the Uplands  Dr James Moran,

GMIT

Questions & Answers
11am to

11.30

WORKSHOPS: “INNOVATIVE APPROACHES IN THE UPLANDS”

See below details on room & group allocation

 
WORKSHOP 1

 

Ross Suite (1st Floor)  Growing an Effective Upland Partnership

Challenges, Needs of the UPN members, Ideas for innovation

Facilitator:

Mary Mulvey

 

WORKSHOP 2

 

Carrowmore Suite Managing Upland Path Erosion:  All-Island Approach 

Surveying skills, Monitoring, Capacity building, EU Ascent Project

Facilitator:

Helen Lawless

WORKSHOP 3

 

Snooker Room INNOVATIONS IN ECO-TOURISM

Mayo Dark Skies Initiative, Old Goat Society, Archaeology in the Nephins

Facilitator:

Georgia MacMillan

WORKSHOP 4

 

Hotel Restaurant RURAL DIVERSIFICATION

New opportunities for rural business

Facilitator:

Dr. Maura Farrell

NUIG / IRL

WORKSHOP 5

 

Hotel Bar (Lounge Room) Agri-Environment Schemes: EIPs – Sharing Experiences Facilitator:

Mary Tubridy

 

11.30am COFFEE BREAK IN HOTEL BAR
11.45am

13.00pm

 

Carrowmore Suite

PLENARY SESSION – Key points from each workshop Chair:

Deirdre Lewis, Secretary IUF

Closing comments Frank Nugent

Chair – IUF

13.00pm LUNCH in restaurant Soup & Sandwiches
14.15pm
Restaurant
Presentation of prize winners for local school competition Michael Starrett,

CEO Heritage Council

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