Sixth fact-finding mission

The sixth fact-finding mission of the Triple-C project was organised by the Technological University of the Shannon: Midwest (TUS) on 22-23 March in Thurles.

Due to the improvement that is being reflected in relation to COVID19, and consequently in the relaxation of health regulations, the meeting could be held in person for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic.

In addition to the Triple-C project consortium partners, a number of speakers were invited to enrich the meeting by sharing their experiences and expertise in relation to “Sustainability in a Changing Climate”, the central objective of the meeting.

The workshop, led by Darren Barry from TUS, started with a welcome by Padraic O’Reilly, Development maanger at TUS, to all participants in the meeting.

Diego Diaz (DEX Group) then gave a presentation on the objectives and guidelines of the Triple-C project. After his presentation, and as reflected in the agenda of the meeting, a series of presentations related to the objective of the meeting were made, allowing to share the results obtained in other projects.

In addition, each talk was followed by a lively debate between the different speakers and the members of the Triple-C project.

MEETING agenda

Programme 22 March 2022

Venue: Conference Centre. Technological University of the Shannon: Midwest (TUS), Nenagh Rd, Gortataggart, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.


Time Topic
9:00 Padraic O’Reilly

Welcome Address

9:15 Diego Diaz

TripleC: Capitalising On Risk Projects Linked to Climate Change

9:45 Stephen Murphy

Heat Pumps and their role in European Sustainability

10:15 Gloria Callinan

Green Skills for the Decarbonisation of the Construction Sector

10:45 Coffe Break
11:00 Dr Brendan O’Keeffe

The role of participatory planning in underpinning sustainable communities – insights from rural Ireland

11:30 Dr John Morrissey

Just energy transitions: A framework to address sustainability, vulnerability and resilience?

12:00 Dr Darren Barry

REMARKABLE: Climate Leaders Delivering Climate Neutrality

12:30 Cierre
12:45 Lunch

At 12:30 the meeting was brought to a close, and after a short lunch, the whole group headed off by bus to the TUS scheduled visit: Cabragh Wetlands & Rock of Cashel.

  • The Cabragh Wetlands Trust is an Irish environmental treasure that remains relatively free from human interference. It is home to the green-listed grey heron and feeding ground for the dwindling population of native bumblebees. Within its boundaries grow species of flora such as bronze fennel, wavy bittercress, shepherds’ purse, golden saxifrage, common mouse-ear, marsh strawberry and a huge variety of wild orchids. Various species of wildlife can also be seen, including numerous varieties of dragon fly, the rare hummingbird moth, Froghopper’s cuckoo, stick ear and a wide variety of sedges, grasses and reeds. The group enjoyed a frankly interesting tour guided by a local “druid”.

  • Rock of Cashel: or safety reasons, due to a week of high winds in the area, TUS decided to change the scheduled visit and head for Cahir Castle. However, from the bus we were able to enjoy the iconic scenery provided by the Rock of Cashel, arguably Ireland’s most impressive collection of medieval buildings.After a short drive, the project partnership enjoyed a very interesting visit to Cahir Castle, one of the largest castles in Ireland.

Programme 23 March 2022

Throughout the 23rd, as reflected in the agenda, a working meeting was held with the exclusive participation of the members of the project, with the aim of presenting and analysing the progress made in each of the Working Groups.


8:45 WP1 – Management

PR6 (2nd half 2021): status and deadlines.

• Next Project Coordination Meeting (virtual).

• Atlantic Area 3rd Call for Extension: update on the status of the Call.


  WP2 – Communication

• NEIKER to share the progress on communication activities.

• Communication materials regarding the Transnational Research Mission organised by TUS.

  WP3 – Capitalization

• WP3 – Diagnosis Report

  WP4 – Knowledge transfer and exploitation plan

• Transnational research mission: feedback on the research mission conducted the previous day.

• Regional events for technical audiences

• Partners to share their progress towards the organization of the regional events

• Participation in other events and congresses

12:00 WP5 – Policy mainstreaming

• Meetings and encounters with relevant policy bodies and representatives

• Technical reports addressing fires (UC), soil erosion and desertification (CSIC), water quality and quantity (WRT) and ocean risks (TUS).

• Partners to share their progress

• Final conference