Youth Eco-Challenge Claremorris – A free 12 week Summer Event

Earthsound directors James Bonsall and Heather Gimson have been helping to run Youth ECO-Challenge Claremorris – an environmental and heritage project at Mayfield Lake and Wetlands, Claremorris, Co. Mayo, Ireland – with Aine Carr of Clar I.R.D., artist Mary Noonan and Claremorris Community Radio. James, Heather and Aine recruited students from local schools and implemented the programme.

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The twelve week project gave 15-17 year old students from St. Colman’s College and Mount Saint Michael Secondary School an opportunity to develop their own environmental awareness project in the Claremorris area through experiential learning. A range of activities were laid on and as the project developed the students created their own outputs via artwork, videos and podcasts that reflected their experiences.

The students also filmed a video of their efforts to transform a disused water reservoir (see video below) at the ‘Growing Locally’ community garden. The work was carried out as part of a practical action project, supervised by local artist Mary Noonan.

The programme was offered in co-operation with Claremorris Community Radio, Earthsound Archaeological Geophysics and Clar I.R.D., Claremorris. It was funded by the LEARGAS European Commission’s Education and Culture Directorate General’s ‘Youth in Action’ Programme and ECO-UNESCO ‘Clubs in Action’ Programme sponsored by Toyota.

© 2012 Earthsound Geophysics Ltd.

Lecture – Achill Island Archaeology Centre

A Brief History of Archaeological Geophysics in Ireland 

Earthsound director James Bonsall will be giving a lecture to students and friends of the Achill Archaeological Field School at the Achill Island Archaeology Centre, Dooagh in County Mayo on Tuesday 2nd August.

James, who has been directing geophysical surveys across Ireland since 2002, has recently begun work on a PhD at the University of Bradford, reviewing the application of geophysical methods on Irish road schemes. As part of his research, James and Earthsound’s Darren Regan have spent the last week studying the pre-bog field walls on Slievemore, Achill Island using novel geophysical techniques and will be sharing some of his preliminary findings.

James’s talk will give a brief outline of geophysical methods and history, his own research and share some of his recent experiences working with the University of Bradford on the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project in the UK.

A Brief History of Archaeological Geophysics in Ireland by James Bonsall will commence at 8pm on Tuesday 2nd August in the Achill Island Archaeology Centre, Dooagh, Achill, Co. Mayo.

© 2011 Earthsound Geophysics Ltd.