Duncan Stewart meets IT, Sligo Staff when ‘Eco- Eye’ comes to the ‘Land of Heart’s Desire’…


RTE’s primetime environmental magazine programme ‘Eco-Eye’ features two IT, Sligo Lecturers

RTE presenter Duncan Stewart and Eco-Eye team visited the rich and ever changing landscapes of Sligo this week to taste the stunning diversity and potential of one of Ireland’s best kept secret tourist destinations. IT, Sligo lecturers, Ecologist Dr. Don Cotton and Eco-Tourism specialist Dr. James Hanrahan guide the presenter through the landscape, mountains, lakes, rivers and five estuaries of Sligo.

The county holds a unique attraction for tourists, not just in the summer months, but through the entire year – with much appeal for visitors interested in outdoor activities such as hill walking and fishing. Long known as inspiration and home for artists and poets, Sligo is also the winter home for up to 20-30,000 migrating birds including one third of the entire national seasonal population of Barnacle geese with up to 4,000 visible at Lissadell in one day….IT, Sligo’s Don Cotton feels that ‘ …the richness and diversity of the environment surrounding the Institute is an invaluable teaching tool for us and for the students who study our environmental science and management courses.

They get to spend important time in the surroundings on field trips which adds to the uniqueness of their learning experience here… The Institute works very closely with the major agencies that manage the environment such as Caoilte, the County Councils, An Taisce and National Parks and Wildlife Service. This allows the students deal with ongoing environmental management issues, providing real world perspective… It also provides important networking opportunities with agencies that may later become their employers….Through our eco tourism course we are involved with developing the landscape as a living resource in terms of people’s quality of life and as a base for sustainable tourism that will allow proper use of our exceptional environment here on an ongoing basis…’

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Pictured Dr. Jame Hanrahan, Ecotourism lecturer, IT Sligo.

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