As part of the concerted campaign to 'restore, protect and conserve the ecological integrity of Lough Carra and its lakeshore habitats’ a photographic exhibition and a booklet publication launch will take place this afternoon in The Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar.

The 4,000 acre shallow limestone lake, located 15 kilometres from Castlebar, is renowned for its crystal clear waters, and the Lough Carra Catchment Association (LCCA), founded in 2018, also want to ensure the quality of drinking water from the lough.

Colin Stafford-Johnson, award-winning nature cinematographer and presenter, will launch the photography exhibition, entitled 'Qualities of Water' along with the publication 'Lough Carra - A Gem Worth Preserving', both of which explore what makes Lough Carra special.

Colin is familiar with the Lough Carra and knows how important and unique this lake is at a national and European level.  

The event will include a talk by Dr. Patrick Bresnihan of Maynooth University, leader of the 'Qualities of Water' exhibition, as he explores the significance of this project. 

Mr. Tom Byrne of the Lough Carra Catchment Association will highlight the work of the association. Mr. Martin Keating, head of environment, agriculture and climate action, with Mayo County Council, will also be one of the speakers.

The booklet 'Lough Carra - A Gem Worth Preserving' was produced by the LCCA to help raise awareness about this very special and important lake.

The association was formed by local people, who two years ago were concerned for the future of the lake and its surrounding areas.

The official launch takes place in the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, at 2.30pm today. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. Complimentary refreshments will be available.



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