Bealtaine Living Earth Festival

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The 17th annual Bealtaine Living Earth Festival kicked off on Saturday May 15th and continues all week. The festival celebrates our Living Earth and will have a focus on the natural heritage of the Southeast especially biodiversity and wellbeing.

Public events are online and can be viewed each day at 5.30 pm as part of ‘Living Earth TV’ on

Among the highlights (further details below) of the week are:

Broadcaster and author Eric Dempsey outlines how to identify and protect garden birds.

Expert guided tour of the beautiful Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens and Carrick-on-Suir Blueway.

WIT Horticulture lecturer Yvonne Grace promotes wildflower meadows and  ‘No Mow May” to promote biodiversity.

Dr Mark Rowe will give advice on how to improve your health and wellness by being in nature.

Guides of the JFK Arboretum exploring the stunning blooms of the rhododendrons  and featuring their conifer conservation project.

A special talk about all the All-Ireland plan will be given by the author of the plan Dr Una Fitzpatrick, of the National Biodiversity Data Centre.

The festival incorporates and celebrates some important dates in the International calendar of Biodiversity:

  • Fascination of Plants day on  18 May,
  • International Bee day on 20 May,
  • International day for Biological diversity on 22 May.

In addition to ‘Living Earth TV’ at 5.30 pm every day, there is a great resources for all ages and an extensive schools programme running with over 2,000 primary and secondary schools pupils already booked.

The full festival listing, range of activities and events booking for ‘Living Earth TV’ can be found at

Bealtaine Living Earth Festival was established by WIT, in partnership with groups across the South East interested in Biodiversity and Natural Heritage, to promote environmental awareness and appreciation of the wonderful natural heritage of the South East. is Ireland’s largest part-time course finder database, with thousands of part-time courses, evening, morning and weekend classes and adult education courses to choose from. You’ll find your perfect course on

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