National Landscape Forum 2018 – Ireland’s Waterscapes – Killaloe, 24/25th May 2018

The National Landscape Forum 2018 – Ireland’s Waterscapes. Location: Killaloe, County Clare, Ireland. Date: 24/25th May 2018.

This year the Forum heads to Lough Derg on the River Shannon with healthy waterscapes, tourism, history, photography and engagement with waterscapes all on the agenda.  Our keynote speaker is Jonathan Porter, co-author of the successful Scottish Natural Heritage toolkit for communities ‘Talking About Our Place’. Everyone is welcome! See attached programme or our website:

The forum aims to bring people together to think, talk and be inspired by Ireland’s Waterscapes. We welcome everyone who has an interest in our place, landscapes and waterscapes.  Our mix of speakers reflects this diversity and includes Community groups, Artists, Photographers, Spatial Planners, Scientists  and  Landscape Professionals.

There are few locations on the island of Ireland where water does not feature in the landscape – as streams, rivers, lakes, estuaries and seascapes. It is a vital ingredient that often defines the quality, health and cultural/natural richness of our landscape and lives. We drink it, swim in it, fish from it, are inspired by it, sail on it and live beside it…How often do we discuss it in the context of an integrated landscape approach?” said Terry O’Regan, founder Landscape Alliance Ireland.

Thursday 24th May 2018: Launch of Forum at the Killaloe Hotel at 18.00 update on National Landscape Strategy and photography exhibit – Faces and Places of Lough Derg, followed by boat trip along the River Shannon.

Friday 25th May 2018: Full Day event with talks, workshops and fieldtrips. Registration from 08.30. Booking through Eventbrite -National Landscape Forum 2018. All are welcome.

Thanks to our sponsors, registration fee for members of the local community around Lough Derg and River Shannon, community groups, NGOs, students and OAPs are only 10.33 euro.

Purchase Tickets at:

Further details: Ruth Minogue – 086 6026043.

This annual forum supports Ireland’s commitments under the European Landscape Convention and the National Landscape Strategy. Our fieldtrips include a historical landscape tour of Killaloe and views from 10th Century Cathedral Bell tower; A ‘Go Green’ walk to Clarisford Park with psychologists highlighting how our minds respond to restorative landscapes and a trip to Mountshannon to discuss Holy Island (Inis Cealtra), an island on the tentative list of World Heritage Sites.


About Landscape Alliance Ireland

Landscape Alliance Ireland is an informal partnership of individuals, non-governmental organisations, representative organisations and public officials, committed to quality in our shared landscape, present and future and to the view that landscape must be considered in its totality. Established in 1995 with membership open to all. We are members of Civilscape, a European association of civil society organizations, public and economic entities working on landscape protection, management and planning.

See our #waterscapes campaign on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Our website:

Launch of Healthy Killaloe Ballina

Healthy Killaloe Ballina report was officially launched in Clarisford Park, Killaloe, Co. Clare on Friday 21st July.

Speaking at the launch, Director Clarisford Park and Chair Healthy Ireland, Keith Wood spoke about community  leadership and initiative as a conduit for change in health and wellbeing at a local level. He welcomed the support from Healthy Ireland, Sport Ireland, Clare Sports Partnership and the work of Nollaig O’Sullivan, Exercise Psychologist in producing a template that will best serve communities and groups across the country. He concluded that the launch is a ‘celebration of the community of Killaloe Ballina, the partnerships and togetherness that have formed throughout the process and an acknowledgement of the power of community coming together to deliver a legacy project with far reaching impacts into the future.’

Exercise Psychologist and Community Sports Hub Coordinator, Nollaig O’Sullivan stated that the ‘The Healthy Killaloe Ballina initiative is about embracing what communities have to offer, creating a community awareness of the valuable assets in their locality, whether it be facilities, local sports groups, natural resources or individuals in the pursuit of health and wellbeing was key.

Research carried out over a 2-year period assessed the baseline health and wellbeing levels of the community prior to the implementation of physical activity and wellbeing programmes with built in psychological aspects targeted at specific groups and needs within the community.

People from Killaloe Ballina with a specialism in health and wellbeing were encouraged to participate and help create and deliver health and wellbeing programmes to improve and enhance the long term healthy lifestyle behaviour of people at all stages of life in the community.

The collaborative approach to community engagement was highlighted by John Sweeney, Clare Sports Partnership who acknowledged that ‘the important key is building and creating partnerships, this can promote funding, expertise, recruitment of community members and use of local facilities.

Through the establishment of community based health promotion and wellbeing the Healthy Killaloe Ballina initiative serves as a model of best practice and as a blueprint for the creation of like minded healthy communities that can be rolled out across the island of Ireland

Fiona Donovan from Healthy Cities and Counties Network  concluded that seeing first-hand the impact of the Healthy Killaloe Ballina Initiative over the past 24 months ‘has brought people of all ages together to pursue health and wellbeing as a common goal, building on community spirit, cooperation and collaboration’ This is truly what a Healthy Community should strive to be.

Please email if you would like a copy of the Healthy Killaloe Ballina Report

Clarisford Park Launch Video

If you ever need a reminder as to what it means to be part of a community, take a few minutes to watch this snapshot of the Official Launch of Clarisford Park last September.

Remember….’This is your Park‘ – Keith Wood

RTE Nationwide visit Clarisford Park

RTE Nationwide visited Clarisford Park to have a look at the efforts being made to make Killaloe Ballina Ireland’s Healthiest Town. The Nationwide programme which brings Irish viewers an eclectic round-up of news, views and events from around the country broadcast its visit to Clarisford Park on 4th January 2017. The programme showcased some of the fitness and wellbeing programs that are being run in the community including muscle strengthening for older adults, mindfulness workshops, business walking challenge and a wellbeing programme in the local St Annes Community College.

If you missed it watch it Here and see some familiar faces from our community talk about their experience of the health and wellbeing initiatives being undertaken.

For further information on Healthy Killaloe Ballina contact

Muscle Strengthening for Older Adults


Clarisford Park – Autumn Clean Up

All hands on deck! Big Thank You to Tyrone & all the volunteers at Clarisford Park last Saturday…The Park is looking great!