Ours To Protect – [Week 6]

Welcome to another episode of Ours To Protect, as we take a closer look at biodiversity and sustainability in Co Clare.

Today we visit the historic Ennis Friary where staff have designated an area as a Biodiversity Corner.

The 13th century Franciscan Friary around which the town of Ennis was established, was founded by The O’Briens of Thomond, who once ruled much of north Munster.


The Office of Public Works or OPW is responsible for managing and maintaining Ireland’s most important historic buildings and heritage sites including the medieval friary in Ennis.

The OPW has published its own Biodiversity Action Strategy with the aim of protecting, promoting and enhancing biodiversity across its operations.

Pat Flynn met with Carmel Shaw is the OPW’s Head Guide at Ennis Friary.


* If you want to devote an area of your land or garden to biodiversity, there will be very little if an work required. Allow the designated flourish naturally.

* If people ask why an area is overgrown or apparently unkept, be sure to explain why and the benefits of doing so.

* Post a small sign outlining why an areas is being allowed to grow naturally.

* There is no need to plan grass or any other seeds. All an area to flourish naturally and unassisted.