Deirdre O'Mahony Forest Culture Conversations

Across 2020 Deirdre O’Mahony worked collaboratively with groups and individuals in a series of talks, walks and workshops as part of A Space for Lismore. Using St Carthage Hall as a base, the group made investigative trips to produce a deep mapping process of the complex human, natural and social ecology of the forests around the Lismore region.

The information gathered during the physical experience of the forest was further informed by discussions led by individuals with different experiences of the forest- history, commercial use, plant life, animals, insect life, flora, fungi and mushrooms.

In 2021, Deirdre further develops her project by meeting with participants to reflect on the outcomes of the project and their own research interests in relation to the process of mapping Lismore town, the rivers and surrounding forests.


Deirdre O'Mahony in conversation with Bríd Nowlan

Lismore Castle Arts · A Space for Lismore: Deirdre O'Mahony in conversation with Brid Nowlan

Bríd Nowlan speaks to Deirdre O’Mahony from the Strand in Lismore, where they discuss the history of the town in relation to the two rivers which meet there, the Blackwater and the Owenshad.

Deirdre O'Mahony in conversation with Eileen Singleton

Lismore Castle Arts · A Space for Lismore: Deirdre O'Mahony in conversation with Eileen Singleton

Eileen Singleton discusses her process of producing botanical maps, which recall areas where specific plants and seeds can be collected at different times of the year.

Deirdre O'Mahony in conversation with Anne Walsh

Lismore Castle Arts · A Space for Lismore: Deirdre O'Mahony in conversation with Anne Walsh

Anne Walsh speaks to Deirdre about her fascination with bats, from the mythology around bats to her work surveying the population of Daubenton bats in the Lismore area.

Deirdre O'Mahony in conversation with Grace O'Meara

Lismore Castle Arts · A Space for Lismore: Deirdre O'Mahony in conversation with Grace O'Meara

Grace O’Meara talks about her approach to research, through collecting and gathering material, particularly during the forest walks undertaken during the project.

Deirdre O'Mahony in conversation with Jane Jermyn

Lismore Castle Arts · A Space for Lismore: Deirdre O'Mahony in conversation with Jane Jermyn

Jane Jermyn meets Deirdre on the Green Road in Lismore to discuss the Lime Trees which informed the piece she produced for the Forest Culture exhibition at St Carthage Hall.

Deirdre O'Mahony in conversation with Pat Gibney

Lismore Castle Arts · A Space for Lismore: Deirdre O'Mahony in conversation with Pat Gibney

Pat Gibney, who has an interest in history and local heritage, describes walks around Lismore town, and his work with the Lismore Economic Social Group.

Deirdre O'Mahony in conversation with Ray O'Foghlú

Lismore Castle Arts · A Space for Lismore: Deirdre O'Mahony in conversation with Ray O'Foghlú

Ray O’Foglú, an advocate for returning trees and forests of all types to the Irish landscape, was leader of one of the forest walks in Deirdre's projects. Here, Ray discusses strategies for increasing biodiversity in native woodlands and his work with Hometree, a project that seeks to connect people with nature and address both Ireland’s declining biodiversity and the unfolding climate challenge.

A Space for Lismore: Deirdre O'Mahony

2019 - 2020

A Space for Lismore: Deirdre O'Mahony

Artist Deirdre O’Mahony worked collaboratively with groups and individuals on a series of talks, walks and workshops.

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