Dave Hogan - Irish Storytelling
Dave Hogan. Dave Hogan is a fluent Gaelic speaker. He has worked extensively as an academic ecologist, a naturalist and wildlife biologist, an environmental consultant, and in heritage and tourism consultancy. He has a wide experience in lecturing, from formal academics in Canada and Ireland, to informal interpretive lectures in the Irish landscape (which is now his only classroom). He is an excellent communicator and lecturer, specializing in using non-technical language and images to illuminate important landscape features. He has wide experience of organizing and leading nature and heritage tours to all parts of Ireland, but mainly in the West. Over the years he has worked with geologists, archaeologists and vegetation historians and this teamwork has given him an intimate understanding of the natural and cultural heritage that is the Irish landscape. He has specialized knowledge and experience in flora, vegetation, ornithology, mammalogy, and landscape structure. His interest in landscape has brought him into contact with the rich tapestry of social and cultural influences that have contributed to molding the physical and biological landscape, place names, history, mythology and the Irish language. His early interest in Irish storytelling, music and song fits right into this cross-over and contributes to his passion.