Podcasts: The Island, A Prospect

A painting showing the waterfall at Powerscourt Estate, Co. Wicklow through trees. In the left foreground of the painting, we can see some figures who are dwarfed by the grandeur of the waterfall.
George Barret (1728/32-1784), View of Powerscourt Waterfall, c.1760Credit

A series of five podcasts recorded to accompany the exhibition Shaping Ireland: Landscapes in Irish Art (13 April – 7 July 2019)

Listen below, or on iTunes or SoundCloud 

In this series, artists and experts, in conversation with Mark Cantan, will talk you through an area of the country that has special relevance to their work and life. These places of personal significance will also be digitally mapped, allowing listeners to embark on their own adventures into the Irish landscape.

The North Dublin Coastline, Co. Dublin 
with Paula Meehan, poet and former Ireland Professor of Poetry (2013-16)

Listen to Paula Meehan in conversation with Mark Cantan as they walk along the North Dublin coastline below, and you can follow their route on a map here.


Paula Meehan is an Irish poet and playwright. Born in Dublin, Meehan studied at Trinity College Dublin and at Eastern Washington University. She has received many awards, including the Marten Toonder Award for Literature and The Butler Literary Award for Poetry. In September 2013, Meehan was awarded the Ireland Chair of Poetry, Professor of Poetry, by President Michael D. Higgins.


Powerscourt Estate, Co. Wicklow
with Alex Slazenger, Head Gardener, Powerscourt Estate

Listen to Alex Slazenger in conversation with Mark Cantan as they walk through the grounds of Powerscourt Estate in Co. Wicklow. You can follow their route on a map here


Alex Slazenger is head gardener of Powerscourt Estate, Co. Wicklow. Slazenger has over 10 years of experience in the horticultural industry, ranging from landscaping to estate garden maintenance. Before assuming his role as head gardener, he completed a B.Sc. in horticulture at the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, specialising in the tree collection at Powerscourt Gardens.


Zechstein Sea - from Ireland to Russia
with Ruth E. Lyons, artist

Listen to Ruth E. Lyons in conversation with Mark Cantan at her home in Co. Offaly below. You can also look at the places they discuss on this map

Ruth E. Lyons is an Irish artist based in the rural boglands of Co. Offaly. Her work is concerned with landscape and deep time. Often working in large scale sculpture, Lyons has exhibited work in Project Arts Centre, Dublin; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh; and Grazer, Kunstverein, Austria.


The Burren, Co. Clare
with Dr Brendan Dunford, founder of Burrenbeo Teo

Listen to Dr Brendan Dunford in conversation with Mark Cantan below. You can also look at the places they discuss on this map

Dr Brendan Dunford is the founder of Burrenbeo Teo. From a farming background in Co. Waterford, Brendan has spent the past 20 years living and working in the Burren region. In 2001, he completed his doctorate on the impact of farming on the heritage of the Burren, later published by Teagasc as ‘Farming and the Burren’. He led the award-winning BurrenLIFE Project (2005-2010); its successor, the pioneering Burren Farming for Conservation Programme (2010-2015); and currently manages the new Burren Programme. Brendan is also secretary of the Burrenbeo Trust, Ireland’s only landscape-based charity.


Slieve Donard, Mourne Mountains, Co. Down
with Dara McAnulty, autistic naturalist and environmental campaigner.

Listen to Dara in conversation with Mark Cantan below. You can also look at the places they discuss on this map

Dara McAnulty is a 15-year-old autistic naturalist and environmental campaigner living in Co. Down. His love for nature, although always present, was moulded during five formative years spent living in Co. Fermanagh. Now in Co. Down, he is putting down new roots. A passionate orator, he has spoken publicly at schools, conferences, events, and at UK Parliament, about autism, connection to nature, mental health and the biodiversity crisis. His award-winning website Naturalist Dara, his essays, and his microblog on Twitter have been globally acclaimed. Dara’s debut book, Diary of a Young Naturalist, will be released in June 2020 by nature publisher Little Toller.

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