Hi Patrick, sorry I missed this reply till now. I'm sure there are folks over here who would be into reviving Ireland's wilderness. I'm not doing much either, except a corner of the field next to my house.
America is so different to Europe. I think the only true wilderness left is Bialowieza.
I'm asking around because it's the only possibility I have, to do something here. The best possibility I've found is the Natural Forestry Grants which the EU imposed on us, and which the likes of Coillte have so far managed to obstruct. It'd be quite possible to regenerate some of the uplands and use the grants to pay for the land.
I guess I haven't learnt my lessons about grants yet!