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.
On Tuesday 2nd July our two CE workers Gordon and Jim started work on repairs to the high limestone wall in the public car park adjacent to the children;s playground . Over the year stones have fallen off here and there at this site and because we are lucky to have a good worker with stone in Jim Noonan it was decided to use his skills to get the work done . Sourcing the stone was difficult so thanks to Edward Pollard for supplying it and to Liam Ahearne and Michael McBride who have been collecting it daily from source. A sincere thanks to Waterford City & Co. Co. for its help.
The Lismore Tidy Towns work team have also been hard at work in the very hot conditions– on Monday evening work was at the Ballyrafter area with sweeping of footpaths , the cobbled are at the Spout. Some members did a litter pick up at the swimming area at the Strand as we were getting reports of heavy littering there and collected two large sacks of litter. The Strand is a wonderful amenity for all and during this spell of wonderful weather many people young and old are using the swimming area which is great and we wish to encourage people using it to bring their litter home — parents reading this article please speak to your children . Thanks to those members of the public/ parents who have collected litter here. On Wednesday morning the work team split up and as a result the following work was done —- weeding and sweeping at Canal View Park, cleaning the raised gravel bed at Cliffe’s on the Cappoquin Road, weeding of the raised bed at Hornibrooks and cutting back the perennial geraniums at Ferry Lane. Watering flower beds has become a major task and we in Lismore are so lucky to have the Spout with its underground water source not connected to the public mains. So Liam, Michael, Pat & Willie have been collecting water from there and and using it to water beds late evening and thanks to them for giving up their time to do this work. In the days before water on tap was common the Spout was used by local people as one of their their water sources.
A reminder to all that the new two sided wood carving will be installed in the Millennium Park on Thursday next 12th July. John Hayes the famous wood sculptor will be carrying out the installation with help from Lismore Tidy Towns members and other people in the community who have offered to help on Thursday morning. This is a Lismore Tidy Towns Project and it is our way of enhancing the Millenium Park and celebrating 60 years of the tidy towns movement in the Irish Republic. This is an open invitation to everyone to call in and have a look.The formal unveiling takes place at 4pm on Thursday evening and all are welcome.
ECO TIP OF THE WEEK
Continuing reasons why growing your own food is good—-
Because you might kickstart a new business?????
- You may want to sell your surplus food on a table or stall outside your own home with an honesty box. It is unmanned and everything is sold on trust with money being put into atin/box
- Apply for a stall at your local Farmers Market
- Offer surplus produce to your local shop or cafe
- Put a sign up outside your house” Food from the Garden”
- Barter with your neighbours
Even with the intense heat of the past week the work team got out on Monday evening and Wednesday morning last. All of the Grotto area at West Street was weeded & swept plus the weeding of the new flower beds at the New Way and the pointed part of the Triangle. On Wednesday morning all of the footpaths in the Millenium Park were swept and the team also swept outside the footpath kerbing from West Street to the Castle Lodge on Mai Street. We found that the debris collected was mainly cigarette butts which ties in with the results of a recent nationwide survey. The exterior footpaths of business premises where people are allowed to smoke should be swept everyday and the cooperation of all businesses is needed in regard to the above. It is acknowledged that there are some businesses who do sweep up outside their properties on a daily basis and thanks to them for doing this. Our two CE workers Jim and Gordon did a lot of painting in the past week with the entrance gate to their base done and nearly all of the ESB junction boxes all around the town as well as the washing of all of the town’s litter bins.
It was interesting to read in the national newspapers at the week-end that Minister for Transport Shane Rosse’s plan to have no petrol or diesel cars on Irish roads by 2030 has hit a significant bump due to the ending of an EU payment of 25 million euro to ESB Networks to develop a nationwide network of public charge points. Electric vehicles are seen as a key opportunity to ensure that Ireland is not hit with massive fines over its failure to live up to climate change obligations. Lismore does not have a public charger something that Lismore Tidy Towns tried to address in 2016 but were informed by ESB Networks that the town would be put on a list for installation in the future?
Thanks to all of the local Lismore outdoor staff Waterford City and Co. Co. for all of the great work done in the Millennium Park Lismore in preparation for the installation of the new wood sculpture which we thought would be ready this week but it won’t now be here until sometime next week. Joe Barry staff member who retired on Friday is thanked for all of his work in the town and all involved with Lismore Tidy Towns wish Joe well in his retirement.
ECO TIP OF THE WEEK
Continuing tips as to why growing your own food is good—-
- because you will make new friends and connect with your neighbours when you share your vegetable gluts–
- because having a deeper understanding of growing even a little gives a better appreciation of the time and effort that goes into producing wholesome nourishing food. Hence you will be less likely to complain about the price of real food again!!
- because you get a real feelgood factor.” Growing your own” produces a wonderful sense of pride and satisfaction at each new achievement. It may also spark new interests in nutrition, botany & landscaping