New publication launched to celebrate the Friends of the Rye

The Friends of the Rye’, a special book that celebrates over three decades of stewardship of the Rye River waters, has been published by Intel Ireland.

It was launched at a celebratory event in Leixlip, which brought together local representatives, state agencies -including Inland Fisheries Ireland – and interest groups who have been an important part of the story of the Rye.

The launch event was also attended by Malcolm Noonan T.D., Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform.

Intel has a long-standing commitment to the monitoring of the waters through the funding of annual reports. This detailed monitoring of the River Rye, one of the longest running, continuous freshwater assessments of salmonid populations, has reached an important milestone as it is now in the 30th year of reporting.

To mark this occasion, and to share the wealth of unique information obtained through years of monitoring, Intel has commissioned a special publication – The Friends of the Rye. The publication, compiled by AQUENS at University College Dublin, is an important reflection of the invaluable data that has been provided by the river water and valley.

The Friends of the Rye brings together a number of key stakeholders, all of whom share a common interest – the welfare of the Rye Water catchment. The group meets regularly to discuss the current state as well as plans for the river. This new publication is dedicated to the commitment of the Friends of the Rye.

Speaking at the launch, which was also attended by representatives of Inland Fisheries Ireland’s Eastern River Basin District, Minister Noonan said, “We all know that the biodiversity crisis is an all-of-Government issue and an all-of-society issue, and that if we’re to tackle it, we have to work together. Collaboration and participation is at the heart of the most impactful initiatives, and Intel’s work on the River Rye, over so many years and engaging so many stakeholders to act on the science, is testament to this.”

The new book can be downloaded from the Intel Ireland website here.

Pictured are the Friends of the Rye (L-R) – Denis McCarthy (Ryevale Lawns Residents Association) Jan Roberts Baar, (AQUENDS Ltd.), Minister Malcolm Noonan, Aidan Crean (Leixlip and District Anglers Association), Lisa Harlow (Intel), Fergal Caffrey (Inland Fisheries Ireland), Conor Halpin (Intel) and Gavin McDermott (Kildare County Council).