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10th December 2012

Nativity Scene
We had a great turn-out for the lighting of the Christmas Tree in the Village on Dec 7th. This year's expanded ceremony also included a Nativity Drama with a Live Crib, Carol Singing with the Folk Group and the newly-formed Children's Choir, all followed by mulled wine, mince pies and refreshments. Thanks to all who participated and attended. (See Photo Gallery for pictures)

Lines for our Hamper Draw are now on sale from any committee member. One hamper has already been drawn - the lucky winner was Martin McKeogh, Cragg. There will be many more drawn on Friday 21st December.

Have you got your team organised for our Christmas Quiz in The Coopers on Fri 28th December. Teams of 4 @ €30 per table. Questions to suit young and old with a special Christmas flavour.

Christmas Walks
Join us for a bit of exercise after the Christmas excesses on walks on the local roadways on Thurs 27th and Sun 30th Dec. Assemble in The Village at 2.00pm.

1st December 2012


Accompanying pictures show recent awards collected by Birdhill:
1. Michael Kelly, Brigid O'Brien and Martin O'Brien receive the firts prize in the Newport electoral area at the Tiobraid Álainn Awards from Mayor Michael O'Meara, accompanied by councillors and officials of North Tipp Co. Co.

2. Joanne Ryan (Teacher) and pupils Grace Floyd & Alison McKeogh accept first prize for Tidy Schools in the Newport Area at the Tiobraid Álainn Awards.

3. Brett Fitzpatrick, Anne Barry, Paddy Bradley and Paddy Barry collect the National Gold Medal and County Award from Minister Jan O'Sullivan at the regional awards ceremony in Ennis.

4. Denis Floyd and Majella Foley-Friel are presented with a specially commissioned piece of bog-oak by North Tipp Co. Co. to mark Birdhill's success in the Pride of Place competition.


December Newsletter

5th November 2012

Another win for Birdhill
There was great rejoicing in Birdhill at the weekend when it was announced that the community had scooped first prize in the Pride of Place competition. The €1,000 cheque and Belfast Crystal Trophy were collected at a gala function in Thomond Park, by Marie Gorman, Anne Barry and Melissa Ryan on behalf of the people of Birdhill. They are pictured with Deputy Jan O’Sullivan TD, Tom Dowling, Chairman Pride of Place Committee; Christopher Moran Chairman of Co-operation Ireland; Cllr George Jones Chairman IPB and Deirdre Cox of North Tipperary Co. Co.
As a result of this win, Birdhill has been nominated to represent Tipperary and Ireland in the international LivCom competition.

November Newsletter

22nd October 2012

Annual General Meeting
Officers elected at the recent AGM were:
Joint Presidents: Fr. John O'Keeffe & Ted Moynihan
Chairman: Denis Floyd
Vice-Chairman: Paddy Bradley
Secretaries: Gráinne Delaney & Terry Griffith
Treasurer: Paddy Barry
Ast Treasurer: Donnchadh Floyd
P.R.O. Anne Barry
The committee will be completed when representatives from the Focus Groups

are nominated following an Open Meeting to be held at Matt The Threshers on Monday 5th November.

Recycle your Food Cans
A receptacle for Food Cans has been added to our Bring Centre at the rear of the Coopers.
Please ensure that cans are clean before depositing and please also ensure that no litter is left around the Recycling Containers

Recycled Planters
Well done to members of the Flanagan and Foley-Friel families who were winners in our
annual 'Plant in a Recycled Container' competition. They are pictured below with their book vouchers. Thanks to all the children who participated - many novel and interesting entries were submitted. Let's hope that our young generation will continue to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle in the years ahead.

October Newsletter

11th September 2012

Gold Again
At the National Tidy Towns Awards Ceremony in Dublin on 10th Sept, it was announced that Birdhill had won a Gold Medal for the 8th successive year and earned 1st place in North Tipperary for the 9th successive year.
We gained an extra 4 marks from last year, bringing us to within 2 points of national winners, Abbeyshrule. In fact there are just 3 centres (Abbeyshrule, Ennis and Westport) with higher marks than Birdhill.
We are already planning and looking forward to next year.

See Adjudication Report under 'Tidy Towns' in this site.


3rd September 2012

Woodland Path
The official opening of our new 'Woodland Path and Literary Trail' took place on Fri 24th Aug. Eamonn De Stafford cut the tape and everyone was loud in their praise of this new recreational and environmental amenity.
We are indebted to Cyril & Anne Gleeson for facilitating access through the wood, to North Tipperary Leader Partnership for funding and to Iarnród Éireann for allowing access into the railway station to link up with the Railway Garden.

In conjunction with the laying out of the Literary Trail, a competition was held to include a quotation by a member of the local community. Ger Floyd was adjudged the winner with the following verse:

"If you have some time to fill
And want your thoughts to linger still
Walk this way whene'er you will
And find some peace in sweet Birdhill"

Pictures show

  • Eamonn De Stafford cutting the tape to officially open Slí na Coille
  • local children admiring Ger Floyd's verse
  • Ger Floyd with his winning prize (a Super Valu hamper)


Monday 10th Sept is D-Day for Tidy Towns. The 2012 results will be announced at The Helix in Dublin. Fingers crossed!


9th August 2012

Community Festival
Our Community Festival Weekend was a great success, enjoyed by young and old, with broad participation by all and the weather for once being kind. See Photo Gallery for pictures of the weekend.
The Battle of the Roads was a novel activity but attracted large crowds. The Cragg team proved too strong for all others. Well done to the team mentors for organising the teams and persuading so many to dust down the boots and tog out. Thanks to Jim Lees who refereed all the games.
The Tug-o-war contest again proved to be the highlight. Teams from the Roundhill and An Bunnán Buí (Ballinahinch) added an extra dimension. The Coopers and Ballyhane teams contested the final, with the 'Bally Boys' maintaining their stranglehold on the title. Their team consisted of Gearóid Fitzgerald, Mark Fitzgerald, Paddy Ryan, Tisey Allen, Evan Hannon, Noel Stokes, Mike Caplis, John Coffey and team manager Gerry Fitzgerald.

Best Bird Hat: Kathleen Bradley.
Birdhouse: Floyd Family & Bethany Hanrahan.
Fancy Dress: 1. Conor Quigley 2. Chloe Ryan 3. Sorcha Kirby.
Adult Fancy Dress: Ger Hewitt
Youth Quiz: 1. Kate Hewitt/Lisa McKeogh/Allison McKeogh/Orla O'Brien. 2. Ciar Ryan/Elizabeth Floyd/Lorna Floyd/Miriam Moroney.

Race Winners
Sprints: Vada Murphy, Eoin Flynn, Bonnie McArthur, Brina Tobin, Niall Duffy, Aideen McGlynchy, James Hannon, Allison McKeogh, Emma Flanagan, Evan Gleeson.
3 Legged Race: Bonnie McArthur/Sinead Connolly, Catahl Colgan/Sean Nolan, Aine O'Gorman/Nicole McGrath, Jack Ryan/Finn Quigley, Sarah Hewitt/Aine O'Gorman, Cailin Duggan/Martin Shinners
Wheelbarrow Race: Sarah Floyd/Leah Duffy, Paul Moloney/Daniel Ryan, Ciara Connolly/Yana Moloney, Jack Ryan/Cian Griffin, Rob Houlihan/Harry Reid.
Egg & Spoon: Aoife Mellerick, Donnchadh Colgan, Keith Hogan, Ciara Connolly, Michael Nolan, Aideen McGlynchy,
Hurley & Spud: Cian Flanagan.
Sack Race: James Tobin, Aideen McGlynchy, Grace Floyd, Conor Hickey.

Sincere thanks to all who contributed in any way to a successful weekend.

We are indebted to the many sponsors who kindly came to our assistance when asked.


Sponsors for Birdhill
Community Festival

Annacotty Farm Shop
Anchor Point Motor Homes
Birdhill Baby
Birdhill Grass Machinery
Centra, Newport
Clement Ryan
Cosgrave Oil
Daly's Cross Service Station
Hazel's Hair Design
Hedgerow Heaven
Hogan Financial Management
Joe Allen Cabinetmaker
Therese Floyd. Hairdresser
Vision Signs
Larkin's Gala & Garage
Lyncare Limited
M Ryan Stoneworks
Matt the Thresher
McGill's Gooig Centre
McGrath Haulage
McHale Plant Sales Limited
Newport Flower Studio
O'Dwyer Coaches
Premier Digital (Saorview agent)
Sean O'Brien
Shoe Be Do, Castletroy
Superquinn, Castletroy
Supervalu, Killaloe
Woodcraft, Forthenry

16th July 2012

Community Festival
Our annual Community Day has expanded to become a 2 day festival of activities. See elsewhere on this site for full details of programme. The 'Battle of the Roads' soccer tournament, catering for all ages, should be a great attraction as will the expanded Tug-o-war contest. There will be the usual fun events, fancy dress, music and dancing to suit all tastes and lots of food available to keep everyone happy. Of particular interest will be the Pageant on Friday evening, when Oisín will tackle the maurading bird as in the tale from local folklore.

Hay Saving
It has not been a good year for hay! We have been unable to adorn the roundabout this year with the traditional cocks of hay. Looks like we will have to wrap a couple of bales of silage instead!

The weather has not been kind to our flowers either. However, we have been spared the task of watering. Nonetheless, the village looks well this year and hopefully when the adjudicators call they will be able to appreciate all the work done.

1st July 2012

•Birdhill was en fete on Thursday 28th June for the visit of the 'Pride of Place' adjudicators. Sincere thanks to everyone who pulled out all the stops to showcase our community to best effect. Picture shows the arrival of the adjudicators to a musical welcome on the Village Green. (More pictures in our Photo Gallery 2012).

•A new community event was held last week when The Church of Our Lady of the Wayside hosted an Ecumenical Service. A large crowd attended to celebrate the spirit of community in Birdhill and to participate in a 'healing liturgy.' Fr Joe Delaney and Rev Jane Galbraith conducted the ceremony and many members of the community took part in the prayers. All enjoyed the tea and scones which followed. (See pictures in Photo Gallery)

•Our next big event is the Community Day which is fixed for Sat 28th July. An Open Meeting will be held in The Coopers on Thurs 12th July at 8.30pm to finalise arrangements. All are welcome.

•Our new Woodland Path & Literary Trail is now complete and is proving to be a great attraction. Quotations on topics of environmental, local, Irish and community interest have been put in throughout the path and continue into the Railway Garden. We are indebted to Cyril and Ann Gleeson for facilitating access to this wonderful amenity.

Below are some pictures of recent new additions to the village:
Flower arrangement to mark Olympic Year 2012
Entrance to new Woodland Path & Literary Trail
'Welcome to Birdhill' boulder
Mosaic created from recycled bottle tops by the pupils of Birdhill N.S.

June Newsletter

15th May 2012

Pride of Place

Birdhill has been nominated by North Tipperary County Council to participate in the Pride of Place competition.
Pride of Place is an all-island competition hosted by Co-operation Ireland. It focuses on the work of local communities, people working together and creating civic pride in their area.
Pride of Place is not about Tidy Towns. It is about community of which Tidy Towns is just a small part. Birdhill Tidy Village Committee is happy to co-ordinate the preparation and presentation, but wide-ranging co-operation will be required to ensure that we can present the community in the best possible light and that all forms of activity are included,.
Adjudication is carried out during a 2½ hour visit by the adjudicators on a specified day, when a presentation and itinerary must be arranged to highlight the activities of the community.
You are invited to an

In Birdhill National School
On Thursday 24th May
commencing at 8.30pm

to help initiate preparation for what could be another milestone for Birdhill. It is hoped that anyone involved in any activities in the community will attend to enable a comprehensive programme be put together.


Create a flower presentation in a recycled container

Children of the Birdhill area are invited to participate in a novel competition focusing on environmental awareness and presentation. This has been very successful over the last few years, with some very imaginative ideas.

1. Find a container that would otherwise not be put to any practical use.
2. Bring it to Birdhill Community Park on Wed 30th May and plant summer bedding flowers in it. The container must be capable of being carried by hand into the park by not more than 2 people.
3. Soil, compost and a variety of flowers will be available in the park for participants to choose from. Parents and family members may help the children preparing their presentation. It is also allowed to bring the container already prepared and planted.
4. The competition is open to school-going children (Primary & Post Primary).
5. Children may participate individually or in groups of not more than 3.
6. Participants are expected to tend and maintain their presentation during the summer. The Tidy Village Committee will arrange to have them watered regularly if required.
7. Participants must remove their container at the end of the summer.
8. Prizes will be awarded (on a date to be decided) for the most novel container, best presentation, best maintained, etc.)

Remember the date: Wednesday 30th May at 7.30p.m.

So look for a suitable container and get planting.

May Newsletter


20th April 2012

Nest Box
After many technical hitches, our nest box is now live on the internet. Thanks to Brett for burning the midnight oil over the last few weeks and for dedicating many hours to getting it up and running. The blue tit has prepared the nest and appears to be laying at present. We look forward to the hatching.
Enjoy observing and if you see any unusual activity, be sure to contact us.

Community Day
The following sub-committee has been put in place to plan our annual Community Day:
Aileen Campion (Chair), Terry Griffith (Sec), Geraldine Raddie, Brett Fitzpatrick, Tony Ryan, Willie O'Shea, Gráinne Delaney, Margaret Clifford.
If you have any ideas for possible novel activities for the day, please contact us.

Woodland Path
Work has commenced on the new Woodland Path in the Village. The path has been laid out and surfaced and we hope to get it fenced off during the next few weeks. This will be a great new community amenity when complete.
The path will be used to set out a Literary Trail, featuring well-known quotes, of local, environmental and community interest. There will also be an opportunity for locals to have their name included with the Literati by composing a line of not more than 30 words, relevant to our own environment or heritage. One quote will be chosen by an independent adjudicator. Entries before 1st May in writing or by email to the Chairman or Secretary.


9th April 2012

Easter Celebrations
There was great involvement and participation by the local community in our Easter activities:

•A large gathering attended the Dawn Mass in the Park. The sun failed to appear on a cloudy morning, but the dawn chorus provided a wonderful backdrop. The midges, however were very active, causing some discomfort.
•Later in the morning, we had a huge turnout of young and old in the Park to meet the Easter Bunny, take part in the search for Easter eggs, partake in the refreshments and mingle with the neighbours.
•Sincere thanks to those who baked, providing many tasty cakes and buns for sale and for consumption on the day.
•Thanks to Gráinne who provided her regular 'face-painting' service, much loved by the children.
•Thanks to everyone who helped out with the catering, ticket-selling and decorating the eggs.
•Thanks to 'Mr. Bunny' who carried out his duties impeccably.
•A special word to Majella, Aileen and Geraldine who did all the groundwork and preparations.

Community Day
For the past two years we have organised very successful Community Days in Birdhill. Planning for this year's event will commence on Thursday 19th with a meeting in The Coopers at 8.30pm. Anyone who would like to be involved in the preparation, or with ideas for particular activities, is welcome to attend or make contact with any of the committee.

Spring Clean
The annual clean-up commences on Sat 21st and will continue during the following week in different parts of the locality. We appeal for as much support as possible. See Newsletter for full details.


April Newsletter


11th February 2012

Many thanks to all who supported our Valentine's Table Quiz. A fine attendance enjoyed an entertaining night. The winning team was Padraig Kennedy, Michael Kelly, Ger & Breda Floyd. Second place: John Delaney, James Flanagan, Tim Floyd & Tom Mulryan.

Focus Meeting
An Open Meeting will be held in Matt The Threshers on Wed 15th Feb, commencing at 8.00pm to enable our local Focus Groups formulate their ideas and proposals for the year. All are welcome to attend and voice their opinions on improvements in their own local areas, on community activities and on items of general Tidy Towns interest. A representative of Glance Promotions will also attend to outline their proposals for a Visitor Tourism Centre in Birdhill.

Arrangements have now been put in place to commence our 'Allotments Project'. Tilling will be done as soon as the weather is suitable. Sincere thanks to Martin O'Brien for making an ideal patch of land available.


8th January 2012

Spring has arrived?
The snowdrop, pictured in Birdhill Village on 27th December, is a clear indication of how mild our 'winter' has been. 12 months ago we were looking out at snow, ice and frost and fearing the attendant damage. This year, nature is re-awakening early and reminding us to start planning for a new season.
Our executive committee has its first meeting arranged for January 18th. Our sub-committees are getting together to finalise their deliberations and formulate plans for 2012. Tá an bhliain nua linn. Tá coistí nua curtha le chéile againn agus táimid ag féachaint ar aghaidh le dóchas don séasúr úr.

•Our Christmas Wonderland in the Park on December 18th proved to be a novel and worthwhile venture. Young and old enjoyed the wide assortment of goodies generously provided by members of the community. Thanks to all who helped in preparing the Park and creating a magical atmosphere for the evening. Santa, of course, was the central figure and he didn't disappoint, in spite of the problems with his reindeer - the local 'cavalry' came to the rescue. Crafts, music, good food and drink all contributed to the festive cheer. (See our Photo Gallery for some pictures of the evening).

•Thanks to all who supported our hampers raffle before Christmas. Lucky winners included Megan Kiely, Lily O'Grady, Pa Floyd, Denis O'Dwyer, Amo Wixted.

•We are very fortunate to have acquired a site for the proposed Community Allotments. Those interested in availing of the facility should assemble outside the Shannonside Business Park on the Killaloe Road at 11.00am on Sat 4th Feb when arrangements will be discussed.

•We had 2 very enjoyable and well-attended community walks over the Christmas/New Year period. We kept to the local highways and byways to appreciate what our own environment has to offer.(Picture shows some of the participants before the 'off' on December 27th)

•Have you got your team together for our Table Quiz in The Coopers on Fri 10th February. There will be a mix of questions to suit all ages and emphasis will be on fun and enjoyment. As it is Valentine's weekend, focus will be on love and romance.

Again this year we facilitated the collection of Christmas Trees for shredding. 8 houses availed of the service. Picture shows Mike ready to take off with the first load

10 members of the community along with 8 pupils from 6th class at Birdhill N.S. are currently engaged in surveying the birds of the locality. We look forward to their findings later in the spring.

Congratulations to Michelle Kiely, winner of the voucher for the 'Birdsearch' in our December newsletter.

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