MEET THE INVERTEBRATES - Eco Showboat resident marine biologist Rachel O'Malley shows you some of the little creatures that live in our waterways and Helena Brady talks to you about endangered species, invasive species and other problems facing fresh water environments.

ECO SHOWBOAT at Portumna

Portumna Castle

Castle Demesne, Portumna, Co. Galway, H53 YK27







Join Dave Wall, Citizen Science Officer at the National Biodiversity Data Centre to explore Ireland’s Dragonflies and Damselflies. Learn how to find and identify some common species and discover how Citizen Science is helping to map changes in their distribution. Discover how you can contribute to Dragonfly Ireland 2019—2024 – an All-Ireland survey of Dragonflies and Damselflies and find out what the results so far are telling us about the impacts of climate change and water quality on Ireland’s freshwater species and habitats. After the talk you can join us for a walk as we look for dragonflies and damselflies along the banks of Lough Derg.

Joanna McGlynn and Anne Marie Deacy at the start of their first walk, Portumna, 22 May 2022

At the end of May we navigate up Lough Derg to Portumna Castle Harbour. Come and see the Mayfly or join us on June 3rd at the Castle to meet with Dave Wall of the National Biodiversity Data Centre - who will tell us all about the island’s Dragonflies and Damselflies - and artists Anne Marie Deacy and Joanna McGlynn who reveal some of what they gathered, recorded and learned from Portumna Forest in 2022 for the Eco Showboat project.

In 2021-2022 artists Joanna McGlynn and Anne Marie Deacy participated in the Eco Showboat programme with l a n d // i n g an ambitious exploration of the forest environment that culminated in two events in Portumna Forest in May 2022. This year Anne & Denis invite Joanna & Anne Marie to revisit what they gathered, recorded and learned from the forest, much of which has never been shown.

Join Dave, Anne, Denis, Joanna, Anne Marie and Rachel for tea, some locally produced culinary offerings and a chat about some environmental issues.

2PM - 4PM

The National Biodiversity Data Centre is surveying Ireland’s Dragonflies and Damselflies



Meet Anne & Denis who talk about their two year solar journey on the island’s waterways, show you their studies and observations of nature and tell of their encounters with artists, activists and scientists who explore with them the problems and promises of the freshwater environment.