People from all parts of Inishowen and all walks of life came together on Saturday and unanimously agreed to form an Inishowen Rivers Trust.
The move has been described as a significant decision for the people of Inishowen, and for its water and environment.
Organised by local voluntary group Celebrate Water, the public meeting held in Carndonagh Community School featured an exhibition, talks, a discussion workshop on common issues and the benefits of forming a Rivers Trust. It is hoped that this new initiative will continue to bring people together to work on many local projects which will enhance the quality of our rivers.
The meeting was opened by Celebrate Water’s Kathleen O’Hara Farren who sang her own composition about the journey of a drop of water. Dr. Liam Campbell then followed with an eloquent talk on the strong connection with water and that water knows no boundaries. Dr. Campbell also emphasised the significance of the word “trust” and how a truly open and transparent organisation can strengthen bonds in a community.
Later Mark Horton, Manager of Ballinderry Rivers Trust, gave an insight into the workings of a trust and explained his role as development officer for Ireland.
The Inishowen Rivers Trust will be the third Trust in the Republic of Ireland. A Rivers Trust is an organisation that drives the interests of groups who work on the ground - improving the rivers, building walkways, encouraging biodiversity - often referred to as people with “wet feet” Visit www.facebook.com/InishowenRiversTrust for more information.