This series of podcasts on heritage and nature in Monaghan is presented by Shirley Clerkin and presents interviews with local people, custodians and heritage specialists recorded onsite.  Listen to lots of lively discussions and stories about these heritage places and their values. 

Each podcast is about 30 minutes in length and accompanied with specially commissioned music by distinguished Monaghan composer Michael Gallen. Funded by Monaghan County Council and the Heritage Council.  Recording and editing by Noel Murphy.


EPISODE 1 – ‘Having an eye’ on heritage and climate with Sammy Leslie.

Sammy Leslie, of Castle Leslie talks to Shirley Clerkin, Heritage Officer about managing a historic estate, her plans for rewilding some of the woodlands and pastures, all with a focus on climate change. Recorded in Castle Leslie, Glaslough.

EPISODE 2 – Botanically yours with Alexis Fitzgerald.

Alexis Fitzgerald, botanical recorder for County Monaghan meets Shirley Clerkin, Heritage Officer on the shores of Lough Muckno, Castleblayney to talk about what inspires him in the natural world, and his forthcoming publication on the flora of the county.

EPISODE 3 –  Traditionally home with the Mulligan Family.

Kevin, Clare and their son Mide welcome Shirley Clerkin, Heritage Officer to their restored vernacular farmhouse where they discuss the challenges and benefits of working and living in an old building. Accompanied by some pet dogs!

EPISODE 4 – A burning issue for climate on Sliabh Beagh.

Dermot Brannigan, Chief Fire Officer and others chat with Shirley Clerkin, Heritage Officer on the top of windy Sliabh Beagh to talk about the bog, damage caused by fire and how by working together to produce a wildfire management plan is creating benefits for biodiversity and climate.  Also features Paul Sherlock of the CANN project, and Paddy Sherry, local stakeholder.

EPISODE 5 – Locally made: Weaving the weft with Liz Christy.

Liz Chirsty, artist and weaver shows Shirley Clerkin, Heritage Officer around her studio and working looms where she crafts luxurious scarves inspired by art, nature and the Monaghan landscapes. Recorded at Swallow Studios, Annyalla.