Switch onto everyday community-driven climate action in Laois on Facebook live from Abbeyleix

Much to look forward to on Abbeyleix Almanac TV which goes live this weekend

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Dr Niamh Shaw, Abbeyleix Science Communicator in Residence in the Community Garden with Tidy Towns' members Mary White, Fiona McGowan, Robbie Quinn & Mark Clancy at Abbeyleix Climate Action's launch

Everyday practical climate action work driven from the grassroots in the community is the focus of a new Facebook live dimension of Laois project which wants to build a sustainable future with local people at the heart of change. 

Live from Abbeyleix every Saturday through February and into March, Dr Niamh Shaw, science communicator in residence and Abbeyleix Tidy Towns will host Abbeyleix Almanc TV.

It's an online show live on Facebook with local community contributions on nature, birdwatching, gardening, sustainable energy, crafts, local heritage, climate action, citizen science, future projects and lots more. 

Dr Niamh Shaw will be joined weekly by the resident Tidy Towns’ contributors Fiona McGowan, Mark Clancy, Robbie Quinn, Mary White and Eugene O'Brien. 

In the first episode this Saturday, February 6, they will talk on a range of interests including, gardening, saving money on energy in our homes, building nests for the Dipper bird, and the recently installed sensors that monitor traffic, air purity, etc.

Join the conversation live and put your questions to the panel on Facebook or in advance of the show.  There is no registration required, go to Facebook.com/Abbeyleix. MORE BELOW PICTURE OF Dr NIAMH SHAW Pic Alf Harvey

In addition, joining Niamh and the Tidy Towns team for the launch of Abbeyleix Almanc TV and its first episode ever is Brian Maher of Heritage Ireland exploring the origins of the Abbeyleix fountains, and Ricky Whelan of Birdwatch Ireland explaining why Starling murmurations occur and what other wildlife we can spot in our locality this week. 

In addition, Jeffrey Roe, founder of Dublin Makespace TOG.ie will chat about his upcoming ‘MAKE’ workshop and how to get involved as part of the Midlands Science programme for Engineers Week. And last but not least is local celebrity James McInerney, who was 2020 runner-up in BBC's Glow Up show - James will join the team to chat about his love of nature and how it inspires him in his creative make-up and mask creations.

The organisers say there is so much to look forward to in this first ever episode of Abbeyleix Almanac TV on Saturday, February 6 at 11am, and is guaranteed to cheer you up during lockdown, re-connect you with the local community and get you back out into nature. 

The team will go live at 11am on Saturdays, February 6, 13, 20, 27 and March 6.

Abbeyleix Almanac TV is an Abbeyleix Tidy Towns initiative in association with the Abbeyleix Climate Action project. supported by Creative Laois as part of the Creative Ireland Programme (2017-2022) in partnership with Laois County Council, Abbeyleix Tidy Towns and Midlands Science.  For more information on Abbeyleix Climate Action project, email climateaction@laoiscoco.ie.

Pictured below: Mary White, Abbeyleix Tidy Towns. Pic Alf Harvey