The highlight for Lismore Tidy Towns last week was the installation and unveiling of the new wood sculpture in Lismore’s Millennium Park. This replaced the original wood carving of St. Carthage carved in May 2005 from a livING tree but the condition of this carving had deteriorated due to honey fungus disease in the tree and so the time came for its replacement The opportunity to do this arose in November 2017 when Minister Michael Ring Department of Rural& Community Development announced grant aid to all tidy towns participants in the 2018 competition to help groups celebrate sixty years of Tidy Towns in the Irish Republic. So Lismore Tidy Towns came up with the idea of using this money and its own funds to pay for a new wood sculpture to enhance the Millennium Park and be a worthy celebration of the sixty years of tidy towns nationwide. The new two sided figure features on one side St. Carthage patron saint of Lismore who established a monastic settlement in 630 which led in time to Lismore becoming a university city and on the other side the famous scientist Robert Boyle born in Lismore Castle in 1627 who is known as the Father of Modern chemistry with his formula” Boyles’ Law” still used by scientists today.
The wood carving was unveiled by the chairperson of Lismore Tidy Towns Mr. Willie Henry and by long term Lismore Tidy Towns member Mr. George Hennessy in the presence of the new Waterford City& Co. Mayor Mr. Declan Doocey. In his address to those who attended the unveiling Lismore Tidy Towns chairperson Mr. Willie Henry outlined the background to the project and made special mention of the following who helped to get it off the ground, Mr. John Hayes Wood Sculptor for his advice and help and his assistant James McCarthy, Lismore outdoor staff Waterford City& Co. Co. especially engineer Josephine McGrath, GSS John Foley, Gareth Quirke, Joe Barry, John Troy and Sonny McNamara for their work on the plinth and surrounds, Lord William Burlington and the following staff of Lismore Estates Adrian Booth, Dennis Nevin, Declan Gaffney, Drue Dickenson and Jerry Twomey, Department of Rural& Community Development, Emma Rourke, Pobal and Pat Ryan local builder. Willie also thanked Lismore Tidy Towns Member Michael McBride and Secretary Mary O’ Brien who along with Willie himself were responsible for the organisation of the project. Jacinta Uniake Munster Signs was thanked for her work on the information plaques. Mealla Fahey Project Manager Lismore Heritage Centre and her staff were thanked for allowing the Heritage Centre to be used for hospitality after the unveiling.
All involved with Lismore Tidy Towns send good wishes to Dungarvan Tidy Towns and all those involved with the Entente Florale effort in Dungarvan for the judging by a team of adjudicators from participating European countries on Thursday 19th July.