By Ciara Gimore & Cian McGonigle TYF
On Thursday, 17th September, Ms Yvonne O’Brien took our class on a trip around Carndonagh to take some photographs of wild flowers and plants as our TY photography module.
We walked around Carn taking photos of natural wild flowers. Carmel Doherty, the formal vice principal of Carndonagh Community School joined us on this trip and shared some fascinating information about different types of wild flowers and also invasive species.
We went up by Ballinaboe and the Mass Rock and took photos of the native wildflowers along the ditches such as foxgloves, buttercups, daisies, dandelions and many more. We learned all about the invasive species, the Himalayan Balsam, which is taking over our native wildflowers as it is spreading rapidly. It was a lovely sunny day and we all thoroughly enjoyed the trip and the break from the classroom, while also learning a lot about the wildflowers in our locality.
We were asked by our teacher Mrs McCole to attend and speak at the zoom launch of the calendar, which was a great experience.
Some TYs students had the pain-staking job of counting out and putting 50 seeds into over 300 envelopes, which is included with the calendars; some seeds as small as a pin head.
Some lucky TYs had their photos included in the Eco Carn – Wild Flowers of Carndonagh calendar. The calendar will be available in SuperValu Carndonagh, Carndonagh Post Office, Doherty Newsagent (Fintan's), Inish Pharmacy, Carn Pharmacy & Simpsons Supermarket. Calendars are limited so buy early to avoid disappointment, and as they are only €5, they would make a lovely Christmas present.