Helping Mayo communities care for their water

An exciting new training programme has been designed for people in County Mayo who are interested in protecting and developing their local streams, rivers, loughs and wetlands. The course will be available to people in the Moy catchment (east Mayo, including the Castlebar and Ballina areas) and south Mayo lakes area.

Starting in September 2021, participants will have the opportunity to learn about their local water resources, go on-site to apply the learning, and develop projects that will have a positive impact on local water quality.

Mayo Communities Caring For Water Training schedule (Block 1 of training, Autumn 2021)

Two short Introductory evening sessions via Zoom for all participants. These sessions will run from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link by email.

Mon, 11 Oct  2021All participantsIntroduction of trainers and participants, aims for the training course, Introduction to water catchments and waterbodies in Mayo.
Mon, 18 Oct 2021All participantsWater Quality, Impacts & Solutions

Outdoor sessions (riverside walks, not in stream). These sessions will run from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm

DayDateRiverFor participants from;
Sat Oct 30thTBDNorth Clew Bay group (Newport, Corraun, Mulranny, Achill)
SunOct 31stCarrowniskey South Clew Bay group (Louisburgh, Killeen, Delphi valley)
SatNov 13thManulla/MeanderBelcarra, Castlebar
SunNov 14thLough Carra, Annie’sCommunities around Lough Carra.
SatDec 4thPollagh/GloreKiltimagh, Ballyhaunis, Swinford
SunDec 5thStraide & Moy Straide, Foxford, Ballina, Knockmore.

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Brought to you by the Local Authorities Water Programme (LAWPRO), and funded under the Mayo LEADER Programme by South West Mayo Development Company on behalf of Mayo Local Action Group, Mayo Communities Caring for Water is a practical and hands-on training course.

‘On behalf of Mayo County Council and LAWPRO, I am delighted to have Martin McGarrigle and Ken Whelan as trainers on this programme. This is terrific opportunity for Mayo people to learn from some of the best in water conservation in Ireland’, said Tom Carolan, Communities Water Officer, LAWPRO.

People are invited to register for the Mayo Communities Caring for Water training programme by contacting Tom at or Martin @

Learn about the myriad of life forms in County Mayo’s unique streams, rivers and loughs

Do you want to learn about the ecology and biodiversity of your local streams, rivers, loughs and wetlands?

Do you want some practical and hands-on engagement with these local waters?

Would you like to learn, share ideas, gain expertise in the areas of water conservation and protection?

Then this course is for you!

All are welcome: Tidy Town members, farmers, anglers, walkers, wildlife groups, teachers and anyone with an interest in water protection, conservation and management.