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Tales from the watering hole

My name is Cathal Flood. I am a postgraduate researcher at Maynooth University. I am also a member of a local citizen science project in Emyvale, County Monaghan in Ireland led by Enda Fields of DkIT and Leo McMahon, a local angler whose father was bailiff of Emy Lough for many years. I have found local knowledge so informative and inspiring as I did my thesis.

 

What do we do?

We take part in monthly testing of various water quality parameters in the Emyvale catchment and compare this testing to some taking place at Maynooth University.

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COVID19: How should citizen science respond?

There is no denying that COVID-19 poses a global challenge. However, as with many of the other issues that society faces, its positive and negative effects are spread unevenly. While some of those who have been infected by the virus have been hospitalised - incapacitated to the extent they need the help of a ventilator to breathe - others have symptoms so mild they have never even noticed they were host to the virus. While some families have mourned the loss of loved ones, others have remained largely unaffected, itching for a return to normality.  

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