Congratulations to Roscrea Tidy Towns who have spearheaded a new “Treeway” around Roscrea. The launch took place in the Colaiste Phobal on Friday last and was very well attended by local representatives, members of the general public and members of the various clubs and organisations around the town.
Tim Maher (Roscrea Comhaltas) and Des Walsh (Roscrea Heritage Society) at the launch of the new Roscrea Treeway.
The Tidy Towns Chairman, Denis Ryan, welcomed all present to the launch of the Roscrea Tidy Towns “Community Treeway around Roscrea” The Chairman thanked the Colaiste for facilitating the event on their grounds, and making it possible for Roscré Comhaltas to plant ten fruit trees to mark fifty years of Comhaltas in Roscrea.
Rory McGrath, Lorcan O’Meara And Tori Foyle were delighted to represent Scoil Eoin Naofa at the launch of the Roscrea Treeway on Friday last.
The Chairman said he was delighted to ask George Cunningham, himself an expert on Trees, which he had discovered on his Tree Walk in Roscrea on Sunday last, to launch The Tidy Towns Community Treeway around Roscrea. Denis Ryan said the idea behind this Treeway is to mark events, occasions and anniversaries such as Comhaltas who had celebrated last year by marking their 50th Anniversary, and he congratulated Comhaltas and all their members for their tremendous work over fifty years in Roscrea, and keeping Irish Culture, music, song and dance alive and well in the town. Denis also said that George Cunningham had planted a number of saplings at the Sacred Heart School on Thursday, 7th March, to mark his organisation of fifty Conferences at Mt. St. Joseph’s Abbey, and these will be linked into the Treeway, and catalogued with names of species, date planted and the significance of same. The Chairman then thanked Ms. Mary Kelly and students from the Sacred Heart School for their support to George, and also for their attendance at the launch of the “Treeway”
Students from Colaiste Phobal were delighted to get involved in the launch of Roscrea’s new Treeway.
George Cunningham then planted an Apple Tree to mark the launch, and said the only problem with planting this tree today is it should have been planted fifty years ago, and the worst thing about planting it today, is it will take a number of years before we can pick fruit from it.
A large crowd gathered in Colaiste Phobal on Friday last to show their support for the new Roscrea Treeway initiative.
Denis Ryan then talked about projects Tidy Towns are involved in at present, such as the Library Field, and he thanked Mr. Rory McGrath and students of Scoil Eoin for their presence at the launch, and said that the students of Scoil Eoin would be working with the Tidy Towns Committee to implement the Biodiversity Plan prepared by Mr. John Feehan, and students of U.C.D.
Local historian, George Cunningham speaks about the importance of the new Roscrea Treeway.
Denis thanked the staff of Colaiste Phobal for agreeing to work on the site opposite the By Pass Sculpture, He particularly mentioned Mr. Willie Smyth, Ms. Anne Marie Mullen, and Ms. Gillian Wallace for their interest and enthusiasm for this project, and said we looked forward to working with them over the next few months when the design is prepared for same by students of the College. It is hoped to have those projects complete before judging of the Tidy Towns competition commences the 1st June, 2013.
Brian King, Chairman of the Roscrea Enhancement committee congratulations all the organisations involved in making the new Roscrea Treeway a reality.
Denis then asked Ms. Mary Keenan, Director of the Tree Council of Ireland to address the audience. Mary said she was delighted to see the huge attendance, and also the great work being done by so many, especially the Tidy Towns Committee who have a large number of trees planted over the past few months. For National Tree Week this year she said the theme is “A Feast of Trees” to include fruit, berried and native trees, for humans, birds, bees and insects. She encouraged everyone to plant native trees, and also trees to feed and shelter the birds, bees and insects, so that we have bees to pollinate the fruit trees, and trees to give us clean air, water, and food for so many species of insects and wildlife. She said that trees give us oxygen to breathe, otherwise we wouldn’t live. So they are a valuable resource for all of us. Mary said she is no stranger to Roscrea as her Dad had done much work around the town, and as she drives around she can see gardens her Dad worked in and planted. She told the students that in Thirty years time they will be driving around Roscrea and telling their children that when they were in school they planted those fruit trees. Mary encouraged them to plant many more trees, and watch them grow. She also encouraged them to work along with the Tidy Towns Committee, get to know the trees growing around them, the plants and the flowers, so that they can pass this knowledge on to their children in the future.
Members of Roscrea Comhaltas were delighted to sponsor trees to celebrate their 50th anniversary and support the new Roscrea Treeway initiative.
Tadhg Maher, Johnny Gleeson, Dick Conroy, Mick Ryan, Kay Browne, Tim Maher, Lucy McCarthy, and Michael McEvoy.
Mary mentioned that she attended the Regional Tidy Towns awards in the Old Ground Hotel, in Ennis last November, and the youngest people there were students from Coláiste Phobal, with their teacher Mr. Willie Smyth when they were presented with €1,000 plus a framed Certificate by Junior Minister Ms. Jan O’Sullivan for winning the National “Can it” Award in the Tidy Towns Competition. She congratulated them on their achievements, and encouraged them to participate in and compete for other awards in the competition.
Tim Meagher as Chairman of Comhaltas then acknowledged the opportunity afforded them by the Tidy Towns Committee to mark their fiftieth Anniversary, and said Comhaltas are delighted to be part of the Treeway being launched today. He then spoke of the work being done by Comhaltas
Brian King as Chairman of the Roscrea Enhancement Committee congratulated all involved in the treeway initiative. He said the Enhancement Group was all about bringing local organisations together to work for a better Roscrea. The Chairman said the “Teeway Project” was just a simple example of this philosophy in motion. Brian king applauded the serious work carried out by the Tidy Towns every year in Roscrea and in a message targeted specifically at the students present he asked them to consider what Roscrea would be like without such an active and successful tidy towns committee. Brian King concluded by challenging all the students to get involved in various projects that will be outlined in the town enchantment plan once it is launched in a few weeks time. He said the plan was about our future as a town and a community and he finished by wishing comhaltas every success with their worldwide mass on St Patrick’s Day and by wishing the Colaiste camogie team every success in the All-Ireland final due to be played in Birr the next day.
Also present at the event were Noel Coonan, T.D., Ms. Pauline Coonan, M.C.C. John Lupton, Chairman R.C.D.C, Mr. Pat. Killeen, N.T.L.P, Rev. Fr. Corbett, Rev. Brian and Irene Griffin, Ms. Bridie Teehan, V.E.C. Youth Reach Project, Mr. Ger. McCoy, S.H.E.D.S. Project, a large number of Comhaltas members, and members of the Tidy Towns Committee.
Members of Roscrea Tidy Towns, Colaiste Phobal, Roscrea Comhaltas and various other organisations at the launch of the new Treeway initiative in Roscrea.
Denis Ryan thanked all the speakers and said he is delighted with all the progress being made by the new Enhancement Committee, the support from North Tipperary Co. Council, the support from the Schools, the Scouts, the V.E.C, the Community, Residents, and the members of the Tidy Towns Committee who work so hard in planning, and preparation over the Winter Months, and then it is out on the town for the remainder of the year. As it is now only two and a half months to judging again, he hopes everyone will get behind the Tidy Towns Committee and volunteers and help them bring Roscrea up to the standard of winning towns and villages all over the Country.