I wish to thank the Office of Public Works who own and look after most of the medieval Franciscan friaries in Ireland, and who granted me the permission to use these sites for 'Praying Nature'.

Glasswort, Scattery Island, Co. Clare

Many thanks to David Fenwick whose website, A Photo Flora led me to take his advice on the camera best suited to photographing flora. I am also indebted to Jenny Seawright from Irish Wild Flowers, Sharon Parr from Burren Life, and Dr. John Feehan, UCD for giving of their time freely and generously to help me to identify much of the flora and fauna on this website. That which is incorrectly identified is my own doing, and I am grateful to anyone who can correct misidentifications.

I also wish to thank Mick O'Rourke whose website system I have used to build 'Praying Nature', and who gave me much of his free time and expertise to put it together.

White Helvella ( Helvella crispa) fungus, Lees Road Wood, Ennis, Co. Clare

I am indebted to the friars who afforded me the time to visit the sites, photograph, compile, identify and upload the images and information presented in 'Praying Nature'. Other friars whose photographs appear on the site are Fr. P.J. Brady ofm, Fr. Paschal McDonnell ofm, Fr. Declan Timmons ofm and our postulant, Adrian McGrath.

Finally I thank God for the gift I enjoy in loving nature, the countryside and wildlife, and for the people He placed around me who have nurtured my interest in nature and wildlife down through the years, especially my family and friends. In the recent past, I thank all who encouraged me as I took on this enriching and life-giving project.

Br. Cathal Duddy, ofm

The Abbey, 8 St. Francis Street, Galway, Ireland


Praised be You

my Lord

with all

Your creatures

- St. Francis