Artist’s Statement Kathrine Geoeghegan
New paintings in Dublin warehouse venue 6000 sq.ft. to facilitate social distancing. All welcome from 15th Sept 11am to 4pm daily til 26th Sept.
“Shifting Sands … a Startling Evolution”
The North Bull Island is a sand spit in Dublin Bay, five kilometres long and 800 metres wide …and growing. Its beginnings can be traced back to human intervention when works were carried out to prevent silting of the harbour. Nature claimed its stake on the island, and from its embryonic beginnings 200 years ago, it has gradually developed into an important biosphere of habitats within our capital city.
Bull Island is a unique treasure for plants, animals, birds, and insects. The island hosts many migratory birds who winter here from as far north as the arctic circle. Others arrive in early Summer from warmer climates. I have walked the island, exploring these different habitats through Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, following the life of mud flats, dune complexes, saltwater marshes, freshwater marshes, and grassland dunes. I have observed the resilient plants of the mud flats that are washed twice daily with salt water, the sturdy plants of the salt marshes that provide roosting sites for the many bird species.The beauty of the grassland dunes in summertime, and the delicate orchids of the fresh water marshes nestling in the dips between dunes that trap rainwater and allow these special plants to thrive.I have walked the island at low tide in winter and observed many bird species,collecting feathers of Brent Geese, Curlew, and others.
Exploring the long sandy beach, I have seen a variety of seaweeds washed in on the tide.Dublin Bay has been designated as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, and the North Bull Island has many more designations – more than any other site in Ireland. …’
The island is truly unique, and we should do everything in our power to conserve this special place…… Kathrine Geoghegan..Sept, 2020
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