Ireland Week 2


Dublin City Radio

My second week in Ireland was crazy! I started out my week by recording for a spot on Dublin City Radio, kind of like NPR, to talk about Coastwatch. I was super nervous, but I think it went pretty well, despite the fact I still really didn’t know what I was doing! The goal of this radio spot was to get people to book survey units around Dublin. I never had a chance to hear our segment, but I’m sure it is floating around on the internet somewhere.

Coastwatch at Dublin City Radio.

Coastwatch at Dublin City Radio.

Fisheries Conference

The next day I observed an EU fisheries conference at Dublin Castle, where they were discussing the state of the fisheries around Ireland and the plans for the fisheries in the future. Some of the things they spoke about were using multi-species and multi-annual approaches and MSY (maximum sustainable yields) and FMSY (fisheries maximum sustainable yields). It was very interesting to sit in on this conference as there were 3 different languages being spoken. Thankfully, we had headsets that were used to play a translators voice. There was some opposition to plans of sustainable fishing from representatives of fisherman unions who thought that they should be able to take as much as they want. This reminded me of our lecture on the Tragedy of the Commons.

Dublin Castle.

Dublin Castle.

Observing the EU Fisheries Conference at Dublin Castle.

Observing the EU Fisheries Conference at Dublin Castle.

Dublin City Council

The next day we manned a Coastwatch booth at the Dublin City Council where we were supposed to be getting people to enroll in the Coastwatch survey. Most people seemed to be too busy to stop and talk but we did have a few interested people.

Christine marking off bookings at the Dublin City Council.

Christine marking off bookings at the Dublin City Council.

The following day we went back to trinity college and did a lot more emails and mailing of nitrate test kits.

Road Trip to Lahinch, County Clare

That Friday, I rented a car, and Christine and I headed out to Lahinch, County Clare on the west coast (a gorgeous 3 hour drive from Dublin). The purpose of this trip was to encourage participation in an area where we have had little coverage. Thankfully an old friend of mine from Tampa married an Irish lad that lives in Lahinch so we had a free place to stay! It was great catching up with her and getting to experience her new life in Ireland! While we were there we had the chance to go to a community garden cook-up, participate in a beach clean-up, I helped my friend prepare for a surf contest, and I got to finally surf (it had been three weeks and I was going through withdrawals)!

My Rental for the weekend!

My Rental for the weekend!

If you are under 25 renting a car can be expensive. Since I’m an old man it wasn’t too bad, €120 for 4 days not including petrol, which is around € 5 to 6 a gallon. thankfully this car got 65 miles to the gallon!

Moy Hill Community Garden

We arrived just in time for the weekly Friday Cook-up. I was so happy to be eating fresh vegetables! The vegetables here are all organic and everything is done on the honor system, just put in a donation and grab what you like. The Garden was started by Fergal Smith, a legendary Irish Big-wave surfer. Here is one of his videos

After years of traveling to score waves he grew concerned about the impact of his air travel on climate change and pollution and decided to stay put in Ireland (which has plenty of big waves on offer) and created the Moy Hill Community Garden. Fergal actually introduced Lexi to her husband Robin while she was there woofing! (WWOOF or world wide opportunities on organic farms)

Entrance of Moy Hill Community Garden

Entrance of Moy Hill Community Garden

Donation box at Moy Hill Community Garden

Donation box at Moy Hill Community Garden

Tomatoes and Peppers in the greenhouse

Tomatoes and Peppers in the greenhouse

Green house at Moy Hill Community Garden

Green house at Moy Hill Community Garden

Amphitheater at the Moy Hill community Garden.

Amphitheater at the Moy Hill community Garden.

Sunset at the Moy Hill Community garden Friday cook-up.

Sunset at the Moy Hill Community garden Friday cook-up.

Lahinch Beach clean-up

The morning of the beach clean-up my friend Lexi made us a brilliant breakfast of coffee and tea, blackberry pancakes (from blackberries we found in the yard), brown bread, and oranges. It was great fuel for the beach clean-up.

The beach clean-up went really well and there were around 20 volunteers participating. Christine and I got our picture taken for the local paper and we talked about Coastwatch with everyone we met. The majority of stuff we found on the beach was litter such as plastic bottles, plastic bags, and old fishing gear that had been washed up onto the rocks.

Black Berries growing in Lexi and Robin's yard.

Black Berries growing in Lexi and Robin’s yard.

Wonderful breakfast with two amazing women!

Wonderful breakfast with two amazing women!

Preparing for the Lahinch Beach clean-up.

Preparing for the Lahinch Beach clean-up.

Cliffs of Moher

After the beach clean-up we decided to go check out the Cliffs of Moher. Christine had already been there on a previous trip, but his was the first time she walked in from the south. I guess this path has much less people which was very nice. We didn’t know it , but previous rains had made the cliffs unstable and the previous day big sections were falling down below. Coastal erosion at work!

Christine and I at the Cliffs of Moher.

Christine and I at the Cliffs of Moher.

Ruin at Hags head, cliffs of Moher.

Ruin at Hags head, cliffs of Moher.

Surfing on Sunday

That Sunday I helped Lexi get ready for a local surf contest. I was her caddy. This involved helping her with strategy and carrying her board down the slippery rocks to the water. After her heat we ate some food and then I got a chance to finally surf! The waves were so fun and I can’t wait to go back. After my surf we did three survey units on Lahinch Beach, then got some chowder from a pub, and called it a night. Monday morning we packed up early and headed back down for another surf. I was so happy to see my old friend and to share a surf with her and her husband. To top it off we were the only ones out! After our surf we got in the car and drove back to Dublin.

Lexi getting ready for her Heat at the local surf contest, I was her caddy.

Lexi getting ready for her heat at the local surf contest, I was her caddy.

Lahinch Beach, looking southwest.

Lahinch Beach, looking southwest.

A spot I surfed in Lahinch.

A spot I surfed in Lahinch, that’s me about to paddle out.

Me Really excited to surf in Ireland!

Me Really excited to surf in Ireland!

Getting ready to walk down the cliff, noticing an inflow.

Getting ready to walk down the cliff, noticing an inflow.

Very steep and slippery, watch your step!

Very steep and slippery, watch your step!

Me on a wave in Lahinch

Me on a wave in Lahinch.

Shells found at Lahinch Beach. Limpets, Muscles, Painted top shell, oyster fragment...

Shells we found at Lahinch Beach. Limpets, Muscles, Painted top shell, oyster fragment…

Lexi, Robin, and Christine before a surf in Lahinch

Lexi, Robin, and Christine before our last surf in Lahinch

Wind farm.

Wind farm on the road back to Dublin.

6 comments

  1. xiaominliu · September 29, 2015

    So impressive about the video. There are many great things in this world are based on small and simple reasons, like keeping the happinesses of the family, loving surfing. And there are many people in this world that do not have plenty of professional knowledge but doing good things everyday naturally, like protecting environment, planting own food, respecting Nature deeply from their hearts.

    Finally you post your surfing pictures !!! So cool !!!

    The landscapes and views in Ireland are similar to Iceland. Jajajajaja 🙂

    The wave is super big and surfing looks dangerous and cold in Ireland…Be safe

    Under 25, rent a car is expensive 😦 and Everything in Iceland is expensive 😦

    Looking forward to your adventure.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Patrick Brady · September 29, 2015

      Thanks Xiaomin!

      Like

  2. Joseph W. dorsey · September 29, 2015

    Patrick, Well, you did it, dude! You got to surf off the coast of Ireland. I am so glad to see those pictures of you engaged in community action, observing local environmental politics, and living off the land. The images take me back to my visit and stirs emotions. Thanks for sharing your experiences so far, I know you have many more to come.

    Dr. Dorsey

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    • Patrick Brady · September 29, 2015

      No, Thank you Dr. Dorsey you were the main reason I got here. Thanks for all of your help. You’re the man! Did they make you a full professor yet or what!?!?

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  3. erickalm · September 29, 2015

    Patrick! You’re doing so much, this is awesome! What a great opportunity and what a beautiful country! So excited to hear and read about all of this. And that community garden – I love it! Keep up the great work and keep taking in your beautiful surroundings.
    Also, you should add Peru to your bucket list of surfing destinations. There’s always surfers out in the ocean! They’re fun to watch. You’d have a great time!

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    • Patrick Brady · September 29, 2015

      Thanks, you would love that garden! Peru is has been on my bucket list for a long time! the longest wave in the world is there, Chicama.

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