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Darwin, Praeger and the Clare Island Surveys (Castlebar Library)

Date(s): Feb 1st - Feb 28th, 2010 

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Darwin, an honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy, inspired Robert Lloyd Praeger, MRIA, 1865-1953, probably the most productive and influential Irish naturalist, to organise and conduct the groundbreaking Clare Island Survey (1909-11), which in turn inspired the New Survey of Clare Island, a current RIA project which re-examines the results of the original survey. The Clare Island survey was considered unique and extraordinary as it was the first intensive survey of a small part of Europe, as opposed to earlier surveying expeditions by Darwin to places like the Galapagos Islands.

Celebrating the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth, the 150th anniversary of the publication of ‘The Origin of the Species’ and the 100th anniversary of the first Clare Island Survey, the Royal Irish Academy presents an exhibition which aims to explore the work of Irish naturalists both in Ireland and abroad and the influence of Darwin on those whose collections are displayed here. The exhibition is supplemented by original material from Castlebar Library’s local studies collection and will run in the library during February.

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