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We are a community-led conservation project with walking trails open to all

About us

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Abbeyleix Bog Project manages 500 acres that includes around 100 acres of degraded—but improving—raised bog.

Turf was harvested from the site through the mid-20th century.

Today, the site's former railway line provides an elevated walking trail and connects to a boardwalk and bog bridge built by Abbeyleix Bog Project volunteers.

Abbeyleix Bog Project is entirely ran by its community of volunteers.

Our local community takes great pride in managing the bog for the benefit of its habitats, wildlife and visitors.

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photo credit: Tina Claffey

Read more about our community and approach

'A MAN AT ONE WITH NATURE': TOURIST'S PRAISE FOR LAOIS BOG VOLUNTEER

 - Laois Live

"Hugh is a man at one with nature and deserves a mention for the tireless effort of keeping the habitat in good nick for the enjoyment of walkers and animals alike."

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THE ABBEYLEIX BOG PROJECT: A MODEL FOR COMMUNITY-BASED PEATLANDS RESTORATION AND MANAGEMENT

 - United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

"This successful project to protect and restore Abbeyleix Bog, located in County Laois, Ireland, has been hailed as a model for community-centred peatland restoration efforts and recognized as a textbook example of sustainable peatland management."

LESSONS FROM THE ABBEYLEIX BOG: WHAT CAN A SMALL IRISH COMMUNITY BOG PRESERVATION PROJECT TEACH US ABOUT LANDSCAPE RESTORATION AT SCALE?

 - Landscape Finance Lab

"Abbeyleix is a microcosm, and replicates in a localised way the five elements essential for integrated landscape management."

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Artist spotlight

The unique landscape of our bogs has inspired artists, writers and poets for centuries.

In 2023, the Abbeyleix Bog Project accepted art submissions from the public for its annual calendar and was was delighted with the response. It is through the generosity of all the artists who submitted, the businesses of Abbeyleix, Portlaoise and Ballyroan and the public who bought the calendars that this project was such a success.

Throughout 2024, contributing artists will be featured here.

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MONTHLY ARTIST: LIAM MOYLAN

 

Since embarking on a photographic journey in 1977, Liam's primary focus centered on landscapes, architecture and urban scapes.


It all began at Carlow Regional Technical College (now Southeast Technological University), where his photographic foundation was developed using SLR cameras and with access to a darkroom, paving the way for his photographic endeavours. He is currently pursuing an MA at Falmouth University in Cornwall; his projects delve into visual documentary-style imagery. His recent interests lie in the heart of the Irish Boglands, with a personal history of toiling on these lands. The vast expanse and rich history of these lands, from yesteryears to the present, continue to fuel his inspiration. A recent project on Abbeyleix Bog allowed Liam to use cyanotype, a non-lens-based photography method, with mixed media that evoked a sensory reaction from the viewer, immersing them into the unique tapestry of this landscape.


Liam's ongoing project delves into the latent power within these landscapes capturing echoes of the past, the unfolding rewilding, and the ecological energies coalescing with the cutting-edge development of sustainable power. As both a researcher and photographer, his mission is to encapsulate the essence of the boglands through the camera lens. He strives to include a narrative that intertwines the ecological, social, and evolving powers that shape these lands into the future.

More of Liam's work can be seen at www.liammoylan.com.

Bogland Heather by Liam Moylan

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