Events: Ellen Hutchins Festival 2017

19-27 August 2017

This year’s Ellen Hutchins Festival will take place in Bantry, Glengarriff, and Ballylickey in Heritage Week, 19 to 27 August 2017. The programme has been finalised, and is available here and on the Heritage Week website. The theme of this year’s Heritage Week is Nature, which chimes wonderfully with the Ellen Hutchins Festival activities, and on their Water themed day, Sunday 27th August, we invite you to take the ferry over to Whiddy Island for our wonderful Whiddy Island Seaweed Event. Perfect!

Below is the detailed programme. There are three exhibitions running all week (closed some days) and events on most days. Almost everything is free, and most events do not require booking. Ferries need to be paid for. The Botanical Art workshops have a fee and must be booked. The children’s events are free but must be booked.

Three exhibitions running all week:

Saturday 19th August, then Tuesday 22nd to Saturday 26th August 9:30am to 5:30pm Bantry Library, Exhibition 

Ellen Hutchins: Seaweed Specimens and Letters  A special exhibition of Ellen’s 200 year old seaweed specimens, with letters she wrote to botanist James Mackay at Trinity College Dublin. 
This is the homecoming for the specimens that came from Bantry Bay and have been held in the Herbarium of the Botany Department at Trinity for over 200 years. They have kept their vivid colours and look spectacular. Perfectly laid out on paper, they show the patience and care with which Ellen prepared them. Transcriptions of her letters show her enthusiasm for Botany and her determination to understand the seaweeds, also the support given to her by Mackay. The specimens and letters are on loan from the Herbarium, the Botany Department, Trinity.

Free access, no booking needed. (See entry under Tuesday for formal opening and linked talk.)

Saturday 19th August, then Monday 21st to Saturday 26th August and Monday 28th August to Saturday 2nd September 9am to 6pm  Organico Cafe, Bantry, Exhibition

Drawing from Nature  Exhibition of enlargements of exquisitely detailed seaweed drawings by Ellen Hutchins (1785-1815) beside beautiful plant drawings by contemporary botanical artist, Shevaun Doherty, with the highlight being Shevaun’s watercolour drawing of one of Ellen’s specimens from the Herbarium at Trinity College Dublin.
Discover the delights of botanical art – a practice spanning two centuries. See how it captures nature and creates art. Be amazed at the detail, and the time taken to produce one drawing. This small exhibition links to the one in Bantry Library with Ellen’s seaweed specimens, enabling you to see ‘matching’ drawings and specimens. See Shevaun drawing live in two botanical art demonstrations and join practical botanical art workshops run by her – see separate listings. The enlargements of Ellen’s drawings are shown with the permission of Museums Sheffield. Exhibition part funded by a Cork County Council arts grant. Free access, no booking needed. (See entry under Tuesday for formal Opening.)

 

Saturday 19th August to Sunday 27th August daily 9:30am to 5:30pm (6pm on Saturdays). The Casita, Garnish Island (Ilnacullin), Glengarriff Harbour

Ellen Hutchins Exhibition: the Young Woman, her Work and her World: an exhibition about Ireland’s first female botanist, telling the story of a remarkable young woman in words & pictures. It covers Ellen’s life story, her botanical achievements, her botanical art, and her deep friendship with botanist Dawson Turner through correspondence alone. Free exhibition. (First shown in Bantry Library, August to October 2015.) Normal ferry & entry fees to Garnish Island apply. See below for the Pop Up Exhibition there on Monday afternoon.

For more information about the OPW-run Garnish Island (Ilnacullin), including entry fees and opening times see: http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/south-west/ilnacullin-garinishisland/

 

Saturday 19th August

Introduction to mosses and liverworts in Glengarriff Woods. 10am to 12:30pm  An up-close introduction to our smallest plants with Dr Joanne Denyer (Irish Conservation Officer BBS) and a search for Hutchins’ Hollywort, a species discovered by Ellen.

Dr Joanne Denyer is one of Ireland’s foremost bryologists and won the National Biodiversity Data Centre’s ‘Distinguished Recorder Award’ in 2014 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to bryological recording in Ireland. This event may be of interest to older children but is not suitable for young children. Free event, no booking needed. Meet in the main car park, Glengarriff Woods.

Exploring the seaweeds on the Strand, Ardnagashel

Ardnagashel Walk 2pm to 4:30pm at Ardnagashel (Rent an Irish Cottage)  Four activities to enjoy at Ardnagashel, the Hutchins family home where Ellen died in 1815. Leading Irish botanists Howard Fox (National Botanic Gardens/OPW) and Maria Cullen will lead one session on lichens, and another on mosses, liverworts and algae. Stereoscopes and compound microscopes will be available for close examination of botanical features.

Another team will lead a walk through the exotic and native trees in the Arboretum planted by Ellen’s brothers and their descendants. Madeline Hutchins will tell the story of Ellen Hutchins and the family at Ardnagashel. Free event, no booking needed. Access given by kind permission of Rent an Irish Cottage.

 

Botanical Art Demonstration by award winning artist, Shevaun Doherty, at Mannings Emporium, Ballylickey. 5pm to 6pm Free event, no booking needed, but you might like to book a table for Tapas there that evening afterwards. The Ellen Fest Team have already done so! www.manningsemporium.ie

 

 

 

Sunday 20th August

Bantry House Gardens and Stables

Botanists in the Garden, 10:30 to 12:30 and 2pm to 4pm, with stereoscopes, compound microscopes and hand lenses for you to see the amazing world of lichens, mosses and tiny plants in close-up. Drop in sessions with Howard Fox (National Botanic Gardens/OPW) and Maria Cullen, leading Irish Botanists (with special interests in lichens and fungi) and Clare Heardman (National Parks and Wildlife Service) based in Glengarriff Woods. The botanists will explain and show the nature and beauty of some of the smallest plants in the gardens. Access to the gardens is free (for Heritage Week). Free event, no booking needed.

Ellen Hutchins Pop Up Exhibition 2pm-4pm in the Stables, Bantry House. A fascinating selection of letters, books, documents, and photographs that illustrate the story of the remarkable young botanist from Ballylickey. Madeline Hutchins, researcher on Ellen and her great great grand niece, will be on hand to show the Hutchins family collection of books that belonged to Ellen, letters she wrote to her brothers explaining her botanizing, other documents from uncovering Ellen’s story and photos of the Hutchins family at Ballylickey and Ardnagashel. Free event, no booking needed.

50 Shades of Green: Botanical Art Workshop with Shevaun Doherty 10am to 4pm in the Gardens and Stables of Bantry House. Learn how to bring your leaves to life in watercolour. This beginner friendly class will take you through the process of drawing and painting leaves, and teach you how to mix the perfect shade of green in watercolour using a limited palette.
Price €50 Paper and paints supplied. All levels welcome. Booking required: Email shevaun.doherty@gmail.com

One of two linked one-day workshops run by Shevaun Doherty. See entry for Monday 21st August. Join one or both days. €10 deposit required. Children under 12 must be accompanied.

 

Monday 21st August

Clare Heardman (National Parks and Wildlife Service) will lead the Coorycommane Loop Walk  10am to 12:30pm 5km walk, in the footsteps of Ellen Hutchins. See plants and look out over the stretch of Bantry Bay coast that Ellen lived on and the wild landscapes that she knew so well. Rough underfoot, walking boots required.

For more information on this trail see: http://www.irishtrails.ie/Trail/Coorycommane-Loop/864/ . Free event, no booking needed.

The Ellen Hutchins Pop Up Exhibition on Garnish Island 2pm to 4pm. A special session at the week-long Ellen Hutchins Festival Exhibition (see entry above) with a pop-up expo of letters, books, documents and photos and Hutchins family members on hand to answer questions. Free event, no booking needed. Normal ferry cost to the island and fee for entry to the garden apply. More information on Garnish Island (Ilnacullin) see: http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/south-west/ilnacullin-garinishisland/

West Cork Coastal Cultures: a talk 8pm to 9:30pm In the Glengarriff Park Hotel, Glengarriff, by researcher Breda Moriarty from the Deep Maps Project, UCC. Exploring human responses to marine resources through literary, historical, archaeological and visual sources, using specific examples from Bantry Bay.

The aim of the Irish Research Council funded Deep Maps Project is to investigate the biological, cultural and historical context of the SW coast of Ireland, 1700-1920. The focus is on the rich maritime environment from Clonakilty to the tip of Beara, as it is shaped by sea and land and as it is imagined within 18th and 19th century cultural artifacts (including folklore, historical writing, literature and visual arts). Breda Moriarty is a full-time research assistant on the Deep Maps Project in UCC. Free event, no booking needed.

Vibrant Flowers: Botanical Art Workshop  with Shevaun Doherty. 10am to 4pm. In the Gardens and Stables of Bantry House. Learn how to capture the vibrant colours of flowers in watercolour. This class will teach you how to mix colours to create an array of lush hues, and simple watercolour techniques used by botanical artists to paint realistic flowers. Price €50 Paper and paints supplied. All levels welcome. Booking required shevaun.doherty@gmail.com

One of two linked one-day workshops run by Shevaun Doherty. See entry for Sunday 20th August. Join one or both days. €10 deposit required. Children under 12 must be accompanied.

 

Tuesday 22nd August 

Formal Opening of Drawing from Nature Exhibition at Organico Cafe, Bantry. 5pm to 6pm  Exhibition of enlargements of seaweed drawings by Ellen Hutchins (1785-1815) and drawings by botanical artist, Shevaun Doherty. (See above). With a chance to meet and chat with Shevaun Doherty and members of the Hutchins family. Shevaun is an award-winning botanical artist based in Dublin. She paints every day, exhibiting both in Ireland and internationally. Exhibition part funded by a Cork County Council arts grant. Free event, no booking needed. (Downstairs in the Cafe.)

Formal Opening of Ellen Hutchins: Seaweed Specimens and Letters Exhibition at Bantry Library 7:30pm (see entry above for all week) followed by

Talk – Ellen Hutchins: Seaweed Stories  Bantry Library 8pm to 9:30pm  Find out about Ellen’s Trinity links and hear the intriguing stories behind the specimens and letters in an illustrated talk by Madeline Hutchins (researcher on Ellen and her great great grand niece) and Sean Moffatt (scriptwriter for RTE).
Hear the story of how Ellen prescribed botany by her doctor, and how she was  ‘set agoing’ on seaweeds by James Mackay when he visited Ballylickey in 1805, and the support she received from him in letters. How Mackay sent her specimens on to other specialist botanists across the U.K. and how her specimens and letters resurfaced in Trinity’s Herbarium and were exhibited for the first time there before this their home coming. Free event, no booking needed.

 

Thursday 24th August 

Two Children’s Nature Art and Games workshops run by Jessica Mason in Glengarriff Woods. 10am to 12pm and repeated 2pm to 4pm Children’s arts-based outdoor activities eg creating flower impressions on cloth, making wood flower identification discs and a scavenger hunt. Suitable: 5 to 12-year-olds. Free events, but booking is needed. Contact clare.heardman@ahg.gov.ie or on 087 6781613

 

Saturday 26th August

Botanical Art Demonstration by Shevaun Doherty at Future Forests, Kealkil. 2pm to 4pm Award-winning botanical artist, Shevaun Doherty, will be demonstrating her exquisite art skills live and talking about botanical art. This is alongside the Ellen Hutchins Pop-Up Exhibition of letters, books and documents. Members of the Hutchins family will be on hand to answer questions. Both are in the fantastic venue of the Future Forests garden centre. http://futureforests.net/  Free event, no booking needed.

 

Sunday 27th August

A repeat of the hugely enjoyable Seaweed Event with Dr Susan Steele on Whiddy Island. Seaweeds Exploring the Shore 1:30pm to 4pm. An exciting and educational shoreline exploration, followed by identifying and  preserving seaweeds 1800s style. The event will follow in the footsteps of Ellen Hutchins with the enthusiastic expert Dr Susan Steele taking the group on an exploration of the wonderful diversity of the shore. Everyone will carefully collect a few specimens and bring them indoors to identify. Participants will get a chance to try and preserve their specimen 1800s-style by floating onto paper.

Ferries leave Bantry 11am and 1pm and return from Whiddy 4:15pm & 5:45pm. Cost: €6:50 return. Ferry: www.whiddyferry.com

The Bank House Bar on Whiddy serves food and drink.

Free event, but ferry must be paid for. No booking needed.

 

Festival Funding for the Ellen Hutchins Festival 2017 has been received from the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Heritage Council, Cork County Council Amenity Grant, and for the Drawing from Nature Exhibtion from Cork County Council Arts Grant Scheme.

 

 

 

Now an annual event

August 2016’s Ellen Hutchins Festival in and around Bantry was as successful as 2015’s award winning Festival, and the decision was made to make the Festival an annual event. This decision was made with the support of the Bantry Development and Tourism Association.

 

 

 

 

ArchIve of previous years’ Festivals

 

 

Date/time Event title  Description
Sunday 21st August 2016

11:30-13:30

Whiddy Island Seaweed Event

Meet: Bank House, Whiddy Island.

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An exploration of the seaweeds on the shores of Whiddy Island with Dr Susan Steele (Sea Fisheries Protection Authority). Susan will lead us in the footsteps of Ellen Hutchins, reimagining the difficulties of collecting, identifying & drawing specimens in the early 1800s.

As the shore is rough, participants must wear walking boots and be reasonably fit.

Note: The ferry leaves Bantry pier at 11am. For all ferry times and prices see: www.whiddyferry.com

BOOKED OUT

Weds 24th & Thursday 25th August

2016

10:00-16:00

both days

A Two-day Introductory Foray into Lichens, Algae, Fungi & Bryophytes

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This two day foray in the Bantry Bay area with Dr Howard Fox & Maria Cullen will revisit the places that Ellen Hutchins held dearest during her short life.

Event Details: Introduction to cryptogamic botany of the grounds of Ballylickey House where Ellen Hutchins made many records in the early 19th century. The focus will move to Ardnagashel East where Ellen spent her last months, and where some of her family still live and will host our group in the woods there.

Booking required: BOOKED OUT

Thursday 25th August 2016

19:30-22:00

Ellen Hutchins: the story of her life, her botany and her art – An Illustrated Talk and Panel Discussion

West Lodge Hotel, Bantry

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The remarkable achievements of a young woman botanising round Bantry Bay over 200 years ago. The story of what she did, and the value of her contribution to botany then and now. The panel will include Madeline Hutchins (Ellen’s great great grand niece), Sean Moffatt (scriptwriter, RTE and BBC), Shevaun Doherty (botanical artist) and Howard Fox (Botanist, OPW).

The talk at 8pm will be preceded by a pop-up exhibition which will be available for viewing from 19:30

Sat 20th to Sun 28th August 2016 An Exhibition and Botanical Art Trail

Bantry, Ballylickey, Glengarriff

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The life and work of Ellen Hutchins will be illustrated by five exhibition panels and 22 prints of her botanical art displayed in various sites in Bantry, Ballylickey & Glengarriff (trail leaflets available in the Tourist Offices in Bantry & Glengarriff, Bantry Library & Mannings Emporium, Ballylickey and from here).
BOOKED OUT
Friday 26th August 2016 10:30-12:30
Children’s Nature Art Event BOOKED OUT

Bantry House Gardens

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Outdoor children’s nature art event in the gardens of Bantry House with Jessica Mason. Activities will include creating flower impressions on cloth, making wood cookie flower identification discs and playing nature games. (An indoor space is available in the Stables if the weather is poor.)

Booking required: BOOKED OUT

Friday 26th August 2016

14:00-16:00

Pop-up Exhibition

Location: The Stables, Bantry House

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Items relating to Ellen, which have been passed down through the Hutchins family, will be on display with their special permission. The items include a fascinating selection of letters, books, documents, photographs and other memorabilia. Members of the Hutchins family and botanists involved in the Festival will be on hand to talk about the items and answer questions.

Note: access to the gardens at Bantry House is free on Friday 26th August.

Friday 26th August 2016

10:00-16:00

Botanical Art Workshop

Bantry House Stables and Gardens

BOOKING REQUIRED (€50/person) shevaun.doherty@gmail.com

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Shevaun Doherty is an award-winning botanical artist based in Dublin. She will hold a one-day botanical art workshop for aspiring botanical artists and for those who just want to enjoy a day’s sketching, learning about nature and different paint techniques.

Following in the tradition of the intrepid explorers in the field, you will be taken on a short sketching expedition and learn how to sketch plants in their habitat. Back in the studio you will learn how to create a Nature Journal, and how to use studies to develop a full botanical painting. There will be lots of practical advice and encouragement. All levels are welcome. The cost of the workshop is €50 & includes a small field sketching kit.

BOOKING REQUIRED (€50/person) shevaun.doherty@gmail.com

Sat 27th August 2016

10:00-12:00

Botanical Art Demonstration

Organico Café, Bantry

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Shevaun Doherty will be demonstrating her exquisite art skills live. Also at the venue will be members of the Hutchins family with examples of Ellen’s botanical art dating from the early 1800s.

(This will be upstairs in the cafe.)

Sat 27th August 2016

14:00-16:00

A Walk in Glengarriff Woods

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Glengarriff Woods was a favourite place of Ellen’s and she described the woody side of a little waterfall there as “particularly dear to me”. The enthusiastic Dr Padraig Whelan (UCC), who has spent many years supervising students doing projects in the Nature Reserve, will share some of his knowledge with us.

A Summary of the Ellen Hutchins Festival in August 2015

The Ellen Hutchins Festival in the Bantry area, as part of Heritage Week last year, in August 2015 was a great success, attracting large numbers of people to all the events, and winning the Heritage Council’s Hidden Heritage Award.

The 2015 Ellen Hutchins Festival achieved its target of bringing Ellen’s story back to life on the 200th anniversary of her death, and ensuring that it will not be forgotten. It was very fitting that this first ever celebration of Ellen’s life took place in her home territory of Ballylickey, Bantry, Glengarriff and Whiddy Island.

Ballylickey House as seen on the Ballylickey walk

Ballylickey House as seen on the Ballylickey walk

Two plaques were unveiled that will be lasting memorials to Ellen. The plaque at the site of Ellen’s burial in Garryvurcha Churchyard in Bantry, will ensure that her story is included in the Heritage Trails round Bantry for years to come. The other plaque at her birthplace and home, Ballylickey, on the shores of Bantry Bay, honours the place where she undertook her work on the non flowering plants such as seaweeds and lichens that made a significant contribution to scientific knowledge. The plaque is by the house in which Ellen was born and lived, and the river and seashore that she knew so well and loved so dearly.

Plaque at Ballylickey House

Plaque at Ballylickey House

Unveiling the plaque at the Church

Unveiling the plaque at Garryvurcha Church, Bantry

The exhibition of prints of Ellen’s watercolour drawings of seaweeds in Bantry House was a very special ‘homecoming’ as they had all been drawn by Ellen at Ballylickey from specimens collected from the shores of Bantry Bay and Whiddy Island. This was the first time that her drawings had ever been exhibited in the Republic of Ireland. The evening of the opening with a delightful demonstration of botanical art was much appreciated by those who came to see it.

Ellen's Prints on Display at Bantry House

The opening of the art exhibition of Ellen’s seaweed drawings on display at Bantry House

The Bantry Library exhibition about Ellen Hutchins: the Young Woman, her Work and her World, was able to stay in place for three months, until early November, rather than just a fortnight, and there are plans for one or two of the five panels to be displayed in the Bantry Tourist Office next season.

The exhibition at Bantry Library

The exhibition at Bantry Library

The two illustrated talks were extremely well attended and provided fascinating insights into Ellen the young women, and her study of botany. The pop up exhibition, which featured letters and books of Ellen’s and what might have been her magnifying glass, appeared at Bantry House, Bantry Library, Ballylickey House chalets and Mannings Emporium in Ballylickey.

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Seaweed and seaweed drawing by Shevaun Doherty at Bantry House

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The walks ‘In the footsteps of Ellen Hutchins’, in areas that she frequented for plant collecting, and with botanists as guides, were an opportunity to experience the places through a specialist’s eyes and learn more about the seaweed, or lichens, mosses and liverworts. The botanists were incredibly knowledgeable, and very skilled at imparting that knowledge to others.

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Exploring the Myrtle woods at Ardnagashel

Exploring the seaweeds on the Strand, Ardnagashel

Exploring the seaweeds on the Strand, Ardnagashel

Many of those attending events came to more than one, and there was a developing sense of community during the week, as the same faces reappeared and conversations were continued. It started up a mountain on the first Sunday, where one highlight was seeing the tiny dwarf willow on the summit just where Ellen had discovered it, (found this time when one member of the group stood up from sitting on it during lunch). It ended in Glengarriff Woods on the second Sunday, near a spot by the waterfall that Ellen loved, and with a reading from one of her letters describing it. Inbetween there were memorable visits to Whiddy Island, Ballylickey and Ardnagashel, a wonderful boat trip and a terrific children’s event.

Admiring her handiwork at Glengarriff woods

Admiring her handiwork at Glengarriff woods

In Glengarriff Woods, Jessica Mason, Children's Workshop Leader; Lizzy Maskey, Ellen's great great great grandniece and Mountain Leader; Rosemary Mulvey of the Heritage Council; Madeline Hutchins

In Glengarriff Woods, Jessica Mason, Children’s Workshop Leader; Lizzy Maskey, Ellen’s great great great grandniece and Mountain Leader; Rosemary Mulvey of the Heritage Council; Madeline Hutchins

Sitting on the Dwarf Willow at lunch on Knochboy

Sitting on the Dwarf Willow at lunch on the summit of Knockboy

Enjoying the boat trip around the harbour

Enjoying the boat trip around Banrty Bay

There was talk of ‘having started something’ and a number of people left events calling out ‘See you next year, same time, same place!’

These three blogs provide personal accounts of the Festival or parts of it:

Shevaun Doherty: Botanical Sketches

Roaringwater Journal:  Roaringwater Journal

John Crellin:  Floral Images

The Ellen Hutchins Festival in Heritage Week 2015 was presented by Bantry Historical Society, National Parks and Wildlife Service and members of the Hutchins family.

Funding was provided by The Heritage Council, Cork County Council, Bantry Historical Society and National Parks and Wildlife Service, Bantry Bay Port Company, the Bantry and Ballylickey Development and Tourism Associations, and Bantry Charity Shops; and with support from local organisations.

Many thanks to all those who made the Festival possible, and made it as successful as it was. Both those who presented the events, and those behind the scenes and beforehand putting it all together. Those who hosted the exhibitions, talks and events; those in archives, museums and herbaria who gave permission for images to be used; those who commented on and edited text for the exhibition; those who cleaned picture glass, those who framed, mounted and labelled the pictures; those who gave advice on exhibiting, or designed and laid out the exhibitions; those who sourced images for the talks; those who organised the plaques, fixed the plaques to walls or hung pictures; those who sourced chairs and helped park cars; those who provided and sorted power cables and projectors; those who collected plaques or pictures; those who put up posters or made displays possible; those who slid photos into plastic pockets and trimmed card; those who wrote press releases and did interviews; those who applied for funding, filled in forms, wrote emails, and obtained permissions and licences; those who took the photographs and wrote the blogs. A heartfelt thank you to you all.

So many people came to the talk in the library every chair was used!

So many people came to the talk in the library that every chair was used!

Enjoying the walk and the views on Whiddy

Enjoying the walk and the views on Whiddy

Illustrating sea weed

Shevaun Doherty Illustrating seaweed

Why not climb such a magnificent Myrtle?

Why not pause and admire such a magnificent Myrtle tree?

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Madeline Hutchins’ talk on Ellen’s Life and Work at Bantry Library

Donal Synot giving his talk on Ellen Hutchins achievements at the Glengarriff Park Hotel

Donal Synnott giving his talk on Ellen Hutchins’ achievements at the Glengarriff Park Hotel

Rory Talks Roots

“Rory Talks Roots” – Botanist, Dr Rory Hodd on the  Knockboy mountain walk

Glengarriff Woods Waterfall

Waterfall in Glengarriff Woods; a favourite spot of Ellen’s

Ouvane River from Ballylickey House where Ellen lived

Ouvane River from Ballylickey House garden where Ellen lived

The Ellen Hutchins Festival Organisers 2015; Madeline Hutchins, great great grandniece and researcher on Ellen; Clare Heardman, National Parks and Wildlife Service; Angela O'Donovan, Bantry Historical Society

The Ellen Hutchins Festival Organisers 2015; Madeline Hutchins, great great grandniece and researcher on Ellen; Clare Heardman, National Parks and Wildlife Service; Angela O’Donovan, Bantry Historical Society.

 

Programme of events last August – National Heritage Week 2015

Celebrating Ellen Hutchins: a festival to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the death of Ireland’s first female botanist, which took place in West Cork, August 2015. The festival ‘followed in the footsteps’ of Ellen, visiting her favourite plant hunting grounds such as Whiddy Island and Glengarriff Woods. There were also talks, an exhibition about Ellen’s life & work, visits to her birthplace, home and burial site, and an exhibition of her artwork.  

The 2015 festival was a great success, and won the Heritage Council’s Hidden Heritage Award. A second Ellen Hutchins Festival is being run in August 2016.

THIS IS AN ARCHIVE LISTING OF LAST YEAR’S FESTIVAL, SEE ABOVE FOR 2016

Date/time 2015 Event title (archive of 2015 events) Location/meeting point
Sun 23rd August  10:30-15:00 Knockboy (Cnoc Bui) botanical mountain walk (Dr Rory Hodd with Lizzy Maskey and Charlie McCarthy – booking was required.

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Manning’s Emporium, Ballylickey.  Take away lunch available from here. Knockboy
Monday 24th August 14:00-16:00 Nature walk and willow weaving for children (Jessica Mason) booking was required

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Main car-park, Glengarriff Woods Nature Reserve.Children Glengarriff
Thursday 27th August 18:45-19:15 Unveiling of plaque to commemorate Ellen Hutchins as a Natural History pioneer

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Garryvurcha Graveyard, Bantry Garryvurcha
Thursday 27th August 20:00-22:00 An illustrated talk about Ellen Hutchins’ life and story (Madeline Hutchins) 

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Bantry Library Bantry 052
Thurs 20th Aug – Sat 12th Sept  9:30 – 17:30 An exhibition about Ellens life and work

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Bantry Library (closed Sun & Mon) Ellen Hutchins letters (medium) (2)
Friday 28th August 11:00-12:30 Ellen’s birthplace and home – a walk around Ballylickey (Madeline Hutchins & Eliane Zimmerman) followed by a pop up exhibition

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Ballylickey – meet at Ouvane Falls. Pop-up exhibition: Mannings Emporium Ballylickey House
Friday 28th August 14:00-17:00 Ardnagashel and the Hutchins Arboretum (Bill Hutchins and Eliane Zimmerman) 

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Rent an Irish Cottage, Ardnagashel , parking by the stable block.Ardnagashel
Friday 28th August 20:00-22:00 An illustrated talk about Ellen’s botanical achievements (Dr Donal Synnott)

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Sat 29th August  11:30-13:00 Boat trip to Whiddy Island via Ardnagshel – booking was required 

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Bantry Pier Whiddy ferry
Sat 29th August  14:30-16:30 A botanical walk on Whiddy Island (Dr Micheline Sheehy- Skeffington 

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Bank House, Whiddy. Whiddy Island
Thurs 20th August – Sat 5th Sept         10:00-17:00 daily Exhibition of Ellen’s botanical art

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Bantry House (Upper Landing) Ellen_seaweed_Twitter
Sat 29th August  18:00-20:00 Official opening of art exhibition and botanical art demonstration by Shevaun Doherty

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Sunday 30th August  11:00-13:00 Seashore walk at Ardnagashel: seaweeds and lichen (Dr Howard Fox and Maria Cullen) 

archive listing of 2015 event

Rent an Irish Cottage, Ardnagashel , parking by the stable blockArdnagasehl shore
Sunday 30th August 15:00-17:00 Woodland walk in Glengarriff Nature Reserve: flora ‘then and now’ (Dr Fionnula O’Neill)

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Main car-park, Glengarriff Woods Nature Reserve Glengarriff waterfall

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