February 2016

50 years of Outdoor Education Conference

GMIT are holding a conference in GMIT Mayo Campus (Castlebar) to celebrate 50 years of Outdoor Education in Ireland and we hope you might be interested in attending. It is a one-day conference and is being held on the 22nd of April.
We have put together a simple website to explain more about the conference at
We also have a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Outdoor-Education-Conference-2016-960745060674654/
This conference offers us an opportunity to look back at how outdoor learning has developed and to showcase exciting new projects and to consider how the field might develop in years to come.
If you have any questions, please contact Stephen at Stephen.hannon@gmit.ie or 094 9043121

Protecting Spawning Beds – the Foyle and Carlingford Lough

Canoeists enjoy running rivers in the winter months. Whilst keen to

see sustainable use of waterways, the Loughs Agency urges paddlers

to avoid trampling across gravel at this time as fish eggs are

likely to lie in voids within the material (the Agency is charged with

management and conservation of the fisheries of the Foyle and Carlingford


Salmon and trout deposit their eggs (“spawning”) in the gravel of

swift flowing rivers and streams from November to January. In

spawning, the fish make “nests” (or “redds”) in the gravel using their

tails. Redds form an elliptical profile, with a hollow (or “pot”) upstream

of a slightly raised tail, formed from excavated material. The

eggs take many weeks to mature, meaning that delicate salmon and

trout eggs and fry are likely to be within the gravel from November

to May.

Trout will redd in gravel from 4mm to 65mm in diameter while

salmon can redd in gravel 30mm-80mm in diameter. Although the

eggs are usually deposited some distance below the surface, they

remain susceptible to damage due to compaction and siltation (due

to people walking on the redd material, for instance), processes that

cause a reduction in permeability of the redd material and, hence,

suffocation of the eggs due to reduction in the amount of oxygenated

water running by.

Disturbance of river gravel is likely to have a detrimental effect on

populations of salmon, sea trout and brown trout and the ecology of

the river as a whole.


For further information please contact the Loughs Agency on

Ph: 028 7134 2100.

Safeguarding courses

There are still some places available on our Safeguarding 1 and 2 courses coming up next week.

Safeguarding 1 is on Weds Feb 10th at 6.30pm in Tallaght Leisure Centre.

Safeguarding 2 (Childrens’ Officer) is on Thurs Feb 11th at 6.30pm in Tallaght Leisure Centre.

Both cost €15 and are certified by Sport Ireland.

Interested parties can  download the registration form from our website http://sdcsp.ie/resource-store/ and email back to me or Tracey.


Thos Mc Dermott


South Dublin County Sports Partnership

County Hall, Tallaght, Dublin 24

T 01 414 9000 |Ext: 3361

M 086 0441071



SDCSP is an initiative of Sport Ireland

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