Eco-Examples

Drumalis keeps alive ‘care for the earth’ ministry

Drumalis Retreat and Conference Centre is committed to keeping alive ‘care for the earth’ in ministry.Spirituality, ecumenism and ecology are at the heart of all the programmes and activities held in this beautiful, ancient site at the gateway to the Antrim coast. The centre’s Drumalis Environment Group works to raise awareness and encourage action for […]

Plant your own Garden of Eden!

Imagine an abundant harvest of apples, pears, plums, hazelnuts, walnuts and sweet chestnuts every year from your own community garden? Imagine the pleasure of walking through the leafy shade in summer and the fun of picking the harvest with your neighbours and friends in the autumn. Imagine your very own Garden of Eden, right in […]

Midleton Transition Town

The Midleton Transition Group grew out of contacts made at a meeting about Eco Congregation Ireland hosted by the Cork Quaker Eco group. In summer 2008 a group of six began to meet, studied Rob Hopkins’ "Transition Handbook"* and planned a winter program. The name Transition refers to the lifestyle changes we have to make […]

How to make a square foot garden

As part of Midleton Transition Town's activities, Natasha Harty frequently demonstrates how to make a square foot garden. The square foot garden was devised by Mel Bartholomew in the US. For his original design see http://www.squarefootgardening.com/. Natasha explains … The square foot garden is a real gem of a little garden. Once you have some […]

Kinsale Transition Town

Kinsale Transition Town is our community response to peak oil and climate change. We have a few projects on the go, including a community garden and a land train, serving locals and visitors. We have been awarded a €9,000 grant from West Cork Development Partnership to carry out a feasibility study for a community anaerobic […]

Belfast church installs photovoltaic panels

St George’s Parish, Belfast, has installed just over 3 kilowatts of photovoltaic panels on its roof to convert sunlight into electricity. Some of the electricity produced by the panels is consumed in the church while anything not required to power the church goes onto the grid. It is estimated that the 1500 kilowatt hours produced […]

Green electricity

Switching to green electricity is a very simple and effective way to reduce your carbon footprint – by as much as two tonnes each year. It is very straightforward – simply a matter of a phone call – and there is no rewiring or disruption to service.Churches and individuals in the Republic can support renewable […]

Glenstal Abbey’s environmental initiatives

The Benedictine monks of Glenstal Abbey, Co Limerick, have been working to preserve and promote ecological balance for some years. Nestled at the foot of Slieve Felim, their 500 acre estate boasts delightful streams, lakes and woodland paths. Since the early '90s a research team, working on old manuscripts and maps, has been involved in […]

Faith and Ecology Group, St Colmcille Parish, Ballyhackamore, Belfast

Our group is a committee of the Parish Pastoral Council. We meet monthly and aim to produce material for inclusion in the Sunday parish bulletin and prayers for use in the Sunday liturgy. We try to have a public forum meeting every three months and so far we have shown Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, […]

From font to birdbath!

Whitechurch Parish, Dublin has an enviable recycling record, even finding a new use for a disused font by transforming it into a bird bath, which now takes pride of place in its eco flower bed. The grounds are also home to a bat house and a bird feeder as well as several compost bins. The […]