Monday, February 11, 2019
Tree replacement commences in Burke Street
Two trees, approximately 18 feet tall, were planted by local County Council staff who will also replace the surrounding footpaths with reinforced paving. We congratulate the County Council on their prompt action as promised.
Local Nurses support national protest
Social dancing at Fethard Ballroom
Killusty Pony Show AGM
€15,000 raised for South Tipperary Hospice Movement
The event had over 250 vintage entries and was probably the biggest event of its type in 2018. It achieved worldwide acclaim for assembling a most memorable gathering of classic equipment. The lack of grass, due to drought conditions had curtailed many of the planned grassland activities at the Silage Extravaganza, but there was enough grass to allow some demonstrations, much to the delight of those in attendance. The rarity of the machines that participated more than made up for the numbers that could be accommodated by the amount of grass available.
The club deserves great credit for having proceeded with a changed event and still managing to achieve a significant donation to South Tipperary Hospice Movement. Lar Fanning and Lesley Entwistle helped greatly in the fund raising by producing and selling a very interesting calendar. This calendar is still on sale and can be purchased by contacting Lar on Tel: 086 6033414, Matty on 086 2565786 or calling to The Village Inn, Moyglass.
South Tipperary Hospice Movement also has a supply of these calendars and would be delighted for your support to continue raising much needed funds for the wonderful care that they provide to patients and the necessary support required by their families and friends.
South Tipperary Hospice Movement has to raise approximately half a million euro each year in voluntary funding to deliver the quality of care that patients deserve.
The cheque was presented by Lesley Entwistle and Lar Fanning and was accepted by Sinaida Jansen, manager of South Tipperary Hospice Movement.
Books and Authors coming to Fair this Sunday
Most books on show with the dealers are in the price range €10 to €60 but some special items can be priced in the hundreds. A book can be ‘special’ for many reasons. For instance, it may be because of the signature of a famous author or because it was owned and inscribed by a famous person. Generally speaking an ‘expensive book’ has to be rare, in very good condition with no pages missing or soiled in any way. People are welcome to take their own rare books to the fair and have them valued by the dealers, and the organisers, Fethard Historical Society, will also be happy to assist with their advice.
Authors coming to the Book Fair
Chance meeting in Melbourne!
“I log on to the Fethard website every day without fail and really enjoy keeping up to date with the going-on around town. In fact, I often have news here before my mother at home knows, thanks to the website!
My wife Natalie and our two sons, Charlie and Harry, have been living in Melbourne now for two years. We were recently on a camping trip to a place called Port Welshpool in Victoria which is looking onto Wilsons Prom National Park – the southernmost part of Australia. A few days after setting up camp two vehicles pull up beside us and the group attempted to erect a few tents. It was a hot but windy day and, to say the least, tents and wind don't normally gel very well.
When I heard a Cork accent, I decided to offer my services and give a helping hand. "Where are you from?" was the question asked, and my answer, ‘Fethard!’, initiated the following response, "Mam this fella is from Fethard too!"
We had never met before, but I certainly knew whom she was from the moment I saw her. Helen Lawrence, who had left Fethard 40 years previously when she married a Corkman and moved to Kilworth. She then moved to Melbourne where she has lived for the past 25 years with her family. It was most enjoyable discussing locals from home while also trying to stop a tent from heading towards Tasmania! We took a photo to mark the occasion.”
Fethard Players finish on a high note
Community Games entry dates
Fethard Bridge Club results
Next Wednesday, February 13, our game is sponsored by Tony Hanrahan and Keith Woodlock. Bridge starts at 7.15pm. Anyone looking for a partner contact, Gemma Burke Tel: 086 6064148.
Patrician Presentation Secondary School news
Students studied some existing Junior Cert subjects alongside other subjects for which the new specifications have been introduced and the results of both are included in the JCPA. By 2022, all the new Junior Cycle Specifications will have been introduced and aligned with Level 3 of the National Framework of Qualifications, with the Leaving Cert being a Level 5 qualification.
Second Year Retreat
Fethard's 'Chainsaw Massacre' Protest
Residents of Fethard are struggling to come to terms with the loss of at least twenty young and healthy broad leaf trees that the Council have, without warning or prior consultation cut down last week. Incredulous passers-by and street residents watched in horror as these fine specimens, no more than twenty-year-old, were felled to the ground.
In response to a call from Fethard Historical Society, an official from the Council offered the following justification for the Council’s actions. He said that the Council have been advised by their insurers (Irish Public Bodies) to remove trees which may constitute a trip hazard by pushing up concrete paving. He went on to say that the Council acted quickly because a sum of money became available to carry out the work which had to be spent without delay. He regretted that there had not been consultation and ‘empathised’ with the upset of residents. He disagreed that actions to accommodate the disturbance of the pavement could have been taken to avoid felling.
Concerned local organisations and individuals have inspected and photographed the remains of the trees stumps and reported that no significant disruption of the pavement had occurred with the majority of the trees destroyed, and that in the three or four cases where some minor uplifting has taken place, they are adamant that remedial action could and should have been carried out as the proper alternative to felling. They point out that there are several simple engineered solutions to tree root or trunk encroachment issues such as recessed grids or flexible bituminous surfacing. Locals would also like to know what expert assessment was carried out to consider such alternatives prior to felling.
They point to best practice in other jurisdictions for example in South County Dublin where the Tree Management Policy states: “Where trees are considered to be causing damage to paths or footpaths, the Council will not normally consider tree removal except where there is a risk to public health which cannot otherwise be mitigated. Removal of the tree will usually be the last resort.”
Alan Moore reported that local people are dismayed by the Council’s actions and don’t buy the ‘trip hazard’ argument. He said he’d been advised that alternative measures should have been pursued if there was any issue with pavement lifting, and that simple pruning or pollarding would be the standard treatment for trees which grow near wires or buildings. He wondered what kind of society are we living in if the legal profession and the insurance industry are calling the shots to the detriment of our environment. He also pointed out that the Council’s actions fly in the face of the Fethard Public Realm Plan commissioned and adopted by the Council in 2007 which stresses the value and importance of trees in the town.
Mary Hanrahan also deplored the Council’s actions and reminded the audience of the efforts of local people over many years to make Fethard a more attractive place to live, and how quickly this has been damaged, and how we need more trees at this time of rapidly changing climate.
Imelda Goldsboro acknowledged public distress over this matter and told the audience that she had contacted the Senior Engineer in the Council responsible who gave an undertaking that all the trees would be replaced and with species chosen by local representatives.
Theresia Guschlbauer reminded the audience that similar destruction has taken place over recent days in the Dunnes Oakville car park where twelve mature and semi mature trees were felled because they were ‘diseased or dangerous’ according to the landowners. Theresia outlined the value of trees in terms of their beauty, their contribution to biodiversity and in mitigating climate change. She talked of how pruning, pollarding and disease treatment would all be carried out in other countries rather than felling if there were problem issues identified. She reported that there is huge dissatisfaction with Dunne’s Stores decision and many customers have vowed to boycott the store as a result.
The Council’s actions raise profound and serious questions not just for Fethard residents but at a national level in terms of public consultation, valuing natural heritage and bowing to the crude diktats of the insurance industry, who appear to offer reduced premiums to Councils if trees or other ‘hazards’ are removed. Their actions also raise questions about the level of expertise and staff training in choosing such a drastic option rather than exploring recognised alternatives to felling.
Meanwhile, a visit to the homepage of the Tipperary Council website reveals a lofty mission statement, which appears to have been completely ignored in this case. Aims such as: “To protect and enhance the unique identity of built, historic and natural environment of Tipperary for future generations”, appear rather meaningless after the tree felling in Fethard.
Fethard has a strong community ethos, and its residents take pride in their involvement in the town’s growing reputation as a place to visit and to live in. Recent successes include the Horse Country Experience developed in partnership with local businesses as a signature tourist destination and the opening of a new award winning restaurant, Dooks.
Local people have hitherto enjoyed a constructive relationship with the Council and are happy with recent Council led initiatives such as the new East Gate Park currently under construction which will show off more of the historic town, and the ongoing work to resurface the approach roads to the town. They therefore cannot understand the tree felling as it is so out of keeping with their experience, and are now calling for an urgent meeting with the relevant Council officials to address the serious issues raised.
Extract from South County Dublin Tree Management Policy 2015-2020:
It is often possible to repair paths to take account of adjacent trees and tree roots. Where roots protrude, they can be root pruned, or the path can be re-laid around the tree with flexible material such as asphalt to provide a smooth surface or using reinforced concrete or other engineering solutions. Where trees are considered to be causing damage to paths or footpaths, the Council will not normally consider tree removal except where there is a risk to public health which cannot otherwise be mitigated. Removal of the tree will usually be the last resort, accepting that in some circumstances where the tree is of low value or easily replaced removal may be the most appropriate solution. The Council will seek to explore engineering options through internal consultation between the Public Realm and Roads Maintenance sections to reduce trip hazards before root pruning or tree removal. The Council will develop a protocol for resolving issues where tree roots are in conflict with public areas under hard surfacing.
Mollie's Coffee Morning this Thursday
All are invited to come along and support this novel fundraising event in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. Lots of great prizes have also been donated for a raffle which will be held in aid of the same good cause.
Fethard & Killusty Community Lotto
The following three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners also received €50 each: Hurling 77 (online ticket); Friendship Club, Fethard; and Paul Barrett, Market Hill, Fethard.
Next week’s draw takes place on Wednesday, February 6. The Jackpot is €10,000 and the Jackpot seller’s prize is €1,000. All proceeds go towards community projects in Fethard, and we thank you for your on-going support.
GAA Sports Development Lotto
The next draw takes place on Friday, February 8, in Burke’s Bar at 7.30pm, when the jackpot is €20,000 and the seller's prize is €1,000.
The committee of Fethard GAA/Sports Centre Development Lotto would like to thank all our supporters near and far who participate in our weekly lotto draw. The funds raised are used to promote sport in the local community.
Fethard Faces and Places from the Past
These are a selection of photographs taken in 1982 . . .
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