Kate Flood

Taming the Wilderness - A History of Girley Bog, 1606–2016

Venue: Heritage Centre – Meath County Council Stage
Like many Irish bogs, the history of Girley Bog is intimately linked with human history and its fortunes were influenced by wider political, social, and economic concerns. Using maps, oral history, and archival records, Kate Flood shows the impact of historical events on the transformation of this landscape and demonstrates the importance of Ireland’s peatlands, not just for wildlife and recreation, but also for the communities who used their resources out of economic necessity in times past. Kate is a regular leader of walks and workshops at Girley Bog and is a member of the Girley Bog Meitheal, a community based group involved with the bog’s conservation and management.
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