The article below appeared in the Wicklow People, on 18th March, 2015.
Ecology Centre welcomes Global Students
You may have seen some strange new faces or heard a couple of accents that are not the norm in these parts. That is because a group of participants from many different parts of the world have arrived in Wicklow to attend a course in the Dominican Farm and Ecology Centre. Why have they chosen An Tairseach? They are interested in sustainable living and also with integrating the Christian story into the ‘new’ Universe story.
For almost ten years now An Tairseach has established and promotes a new consciousness about the earth and a new relationship with it. It seeks to foster sustainable living patterns, living simply and lighter on the earth.
The student’s first impressions of Wicklow town are all very positive: it’s so beautiful beside the sea with magnificent vista of Wicklow Bay stretching into the distance; the small shops and narrow streets make it an ‘intimate’ place to be; people are so friendly and helpful.
The Dominican farm is like an island in the midst of an urban sprawl with the land used for many things: production of organically grown vegetables; grazing for a suckler heard of cattle; pupils and students on science outings or retreats. Various habitats include pond and woodland areas: indeed in the ten years since the ecology centre opened 10 000 sponsored trees have been planted. Attracting many more visitors especially our feathered avian neighbours. Some land is designated for areas of conservation.
Produce from the farm is sold in the organically certified shop providing the people of Wicklow with high quality healthy nutritious food, all on their doorstep.
Address: An Tairseach, Bayview, Wicklow Town, Co Wicklow, Ireland.