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Westport’s Earth Hour 2019

Caroline Goucher sent ECI this report: Tea lights surrounded the town’s centre piece as the 'The Rolling Sun Singers' choir set the atmosphere, followed by Piper Elisha Gannon playing a medley that led to spontaneous dancing, such was the magical atmosphere created by the crowd of 90 that gathered last Saturday night in Westport for […]

Northern Ireland Creation Care Network meets at The Grange Retreat

Bertie Stirling sent ECI this update: The Northern Ireland Creation Care Network convened its 13th Meeting on Saturday 30th March 2019 at The Grange Retreat between Gilford and Portadown. We were greeted by host and owner Caroline Somerville and treated to some delicious scones, tea and coffee in the dining room. After brief introductions and […]

New Methodist Representative on the ECI Committee

The Eco-Congregation Ireland committee has a new representative from the Methodist Church in Ireland!  Steven Johnston is a member of Gorey Methodist Church, Co Wexford. He has three children and seven grandchildren, ranging in age from 12 to 33.  He serves on various committees and is a volunteer driver for the Irish Cancer Society. Welcome […]

March/April 2019 edition of the Eco-Congregation Ireland newsletter available!

Welcome to the March/April 2019 edition of the Eco-Congregation Ireland newsletter! Read the newsletter in full here Thank you to everyone who contributed items for this edition! If you have any information or stories from your congregation, parish, meeting or Eco-Congregation we would love to hear from you!  Please forward your news to us at […]

The Bees and Trees – New Initiative by Cookstown & South Derry Circuit of the Methodist Church in Ireland

This report was sent to ECI by Alan Keys: A few members of the congregation of the Cookstown and South Derry Circuit of the Methodist Church in Ireland have started this initiative. The aim is to encourage and support anyone and everyone to keep honey bees, and to plant trees. The thinking behind this is […]

Reflection on Composting by Catherine Brennan SSL

Catherine Brennan SSL, Catholic representative on the ECI committee, shared this reflection on composting: I look at compost and marvel at its mystery.  Organic materials are gathered and heaped together.  Heat is generated from within, steam rises and gradually the contents break down.  Eventually everything is unrecognizable and we have rich, dark soil.  In dying […]

Update from Jubilee

Dr Jonny Hanson of Jubilee sent ECI this update on their work: Share Offer Latest - In total, we have raised £302,070 from 156 member-owners. Thanks to everyone who contributed! A special thanks to all of the organisations who supported our share offer in various ways, including Cooperative Alternatives, Cooperatives UK, the Plunkett Foundation, the Co-op […]

Update from Forest Friends Ireland

John Haughton from Forest Friends Ireland sent ECI this update: Forest Friends Ireland launched the Peace Forest Ireland project in 2014 in St. Columba's Park in Derry/Londonderry. This is a partnership project and groups and individuals are welcomed to be part of it. Peace tree planting is used as a mechanism to bring communities together […]

Dr Dermot Lane gives Lenten talk at Church of the Three Patrons, Rathgar

Dr. Dermot Lane is a priest of the Archdiocese of Dublin. He is an author, theologian and retired parish priest of Balally Parish in Dublin 16. His publications include a booklet on Catholic Education in the light of Vatican II and Laudato Si' (2015). He also has a chapter on "Anthropological and Theological Reflections on Laudato Si" in  Laudato […]

A Spring Day in Dalgan: The Story of Farming in Ireland

with Dr John Feehan Saturday 6th April 2019, 9.30am – 3.30pm: (Registration 9.15am) Venue Columban Ecological Institute St Columban’s, Dalgan, Navan, Co Meath A drama in three acts: Act 1 is ‘The Story of Farming Past’ followed by questions and coffee at 11.00am. Act 2 will tell us of ‘Farming Today’ and will be followed […]