Seachtain na Gaeilge at Wexford Wildfowl Reserve, Thursday 10th March
As part of Seachtain na Gaeilge a presentation titled ‘Aspects of Birds in Irish Place-Names, early Irish Law and Culture’ will be delivered by Dr Conchubhar Ó Crualaoich in the Pump House at Wexford Wildfowl Reserve on the North Slobs, Wexford on Thursday 10 March at 7pm. Dr Ó Crualaoich works for the Placenames Branch of the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht. Much of his work has concentrated on the townland names of Wexford, Sligo and Wicklow. He is the author of a number of peer-reviewed articles on language and families of Wexford in the 16th-17th century, among others, and is the co-author of two volumes (forthcoming) on the townland names of Wexford, entitled Logainmneacha na hÉireann 4: The Townland Names of Wexford. Wexford Wildfowl Reserve is situated on land reclaimed from the sea known as a polder or slob (from the Irish ‘slab’ meaning mud or mire). The reserve consists mainly of farmland and brackish channels and is an important habitat for wild birds, particularly wildfowl. About 8500 Greenland White-fronted Geese (45% of the global population of this species) overwinter on the reserve from October to March. About 250 bird species have been recorded from the reserve so far. Birds can be viewed daily from the reserves’ observation tower and hides. The presentation will be in English.