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December 2013

Christmas Quiz
Looking for a night out after the Christmas? Come along to The Coopers on Friday
27th December for our annual Christmas Quiz. A night of fun and entertainment with questions to suit young and old. €30 per table of 4. Commencing at 9pm


Christmas Tree
We had a huge turn-out on 7th December for our Carol Service and switch-on of the Christmas Tree lights. The new shelter in the Park got its first viewing and should prove to be a great facility in the years ahead.

Awards

  • Birdhill received a Silver Award recently at the Livcom International Competition in China. Our representatives spent a busy few days in Xiamen, competing against centres from all over the world, learning about international practices, sampling a wide variety of local food and experiencing the Chinese culture.

Congratulations to Inis Oirr (Aran Is) who won gold in Birdhill's section and to Cloughjordan Eco Village who also took gold in the Project section.
Denis Floyd, Majella Foley-Friel, Paddy Bradley and Geraldine Floyd represented Birdhill in China and were accompanied by Ger Darcy, Mayor of North Tipperary.
Thanks again to all the agencies who supported the trip.

  • North Tipp Leader Partnership recently presented certs to a number of towns and villages in recognition of their work in enhancing their local areas. Birdhill's certificate is pictured to the right. Leader have funded a number of projects in Birdhill over the years, the most recent being our new DVD (Birdhill Our Homeland).


  • Birdhill won the Overall Award in the 2013 Tiobraid Álainn competition sponsored by North Tipp County Council. Denis Floyd, David Healy, Michael Kelly and Paddy Bradley attended the awards evening. Birdhill Graveyard also received a prize in the 'Best Burial Ground' competition


  • Birdhill collected the Gold Medal and County Award at the recent awards ceremony for the Shannon region held in Ennis. Kathleen Bradley, Nuala Lalor and Denis Floyd are pictured below receiving the prizes from Minister Phil Hogan.





Ready for the off in the Half Marathon on Dec 1st.
The annual 'Turkey Run' attracted over 700 participants to Birdhill to help raise funds for the local School and the Longhouse Field. The serious competitors ran the half marathon on the N7, while others took in the 5km or 10km and enjoyed the scenic districts along the way.



9th November 2013


Annual General Meeting

The following officers were elected at our recent AGM:
Hon Presidents: Fr. John O'Keeffe & Ted Moynihan
President: Martin O'Brien
Chairman: Denis Floyd
Vice Chairman: David Healy
Joint Secs: Terry Griffith & Gráinne Delaney
Treasurer: Paddy Barry
Ast Treasurer: Donnchadh Floyd
P.R.O. Ann Barry
Fundraising Co-ordinator: Paddy Bradley
Horticultural Officer: Majella Foley-Friel
Youth Liaison Officer: Marie Gorman
The committee will be finalised when the Area Focus Groups meet on Tuesday 19th Nov.

Chinese Night
A great night was had by all at our 'Chinese Night' on Fri 8th. Many dressed in oriental fashion for the occasion and a bon voyage was wished to our delegation to China for the Livcom Competition. Sincere thanks to all who helped to organise the event, decorate the venue and produce appropriate food for the occasion. The accompanying pictures show some of the attendance in full regalia.

Birdhill DVD
The new Birdhill DVD was also launched on Friday night. It is now available at €10 per copy and should act as a great record of present day life for many years to come. The DVD entitled 'Birdhill Our Homeland' extends to an hour and half in duration and covers local history, sports & recreation, community & enterprise, land & environment. Thanks to all who helped in its production.

October Newsletter


10th September 2013


Gold Again!

Birdhill maintained its gold medal status and No. 1 place in Tipperary when the National Tidy Towns awards were announced this week. Denis Floyd was presented with one of the 'Supervalu Tidy Towns Heroes' awards. This year's Adjudication Report is much more detailed than previous years and highlights many issues that need to be tackled. You can view the report under Tidy Towns on this site. A special Open Meeting to consider the report will be held in Matt The Threshers on Wed 18th September, commencing at 8.00pm. All are welcome.

LivCom
Preparations are in hand for the trip to China for the LivCom International Awards. Flights and accommodation have been arranged, and work has commenced on the presentation and display. Securing the necessary funding is a big undertaking, but hopefully all sources will come up trumps.


Bag Packing
A fundraiser bag pack has been arranged for Fri/Sat 4th/5th October in Supervalu, Killaloe. All help and support would be appreciated.

Visit
Some of our committee members paid a visit to an organic farm in Cloncannon, Toomevara and enjoyed a very interesting and informative evening. Picture shows host, Sean O'Farrell speaking to some of the gathering.

31st July 2013


LivCom

Birdhill has been selected to participate at the LivCom International Awards finals in Xiamen, China to be held at the end of November. This is a huge honour for our community and we eagerly look forward to the event. Arrangements will be made shortly to commence preparation of our presentation.


Festival
Our annual festival weekend was another outstanding success. The weather was reasonably good, huge crowds turned out and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

Among the highlights were:

  • An evening of glamour at Matt The Threshers for 'Ladies Hour.' Ber Hogan was declared 'best dressed lady' and Betty Duggan was 'best dressed granny;'
  • Another win for the Bally Boys in the tug-o-war;
  • The Fancy Dress Parade featured many attractive Cowboy and Indian outfits;
  • Cragg and the Roundabouters qualified for the final of the 'Battle of the Roads' but the final had to be cancelled due to a thunderstorm on Sunday evening (it is hoped to reschedule for Friday 2nd Aug);
  • The local set dance group won the Talent Competition (out of 6 entries) and went on to also win the final in Newport on Sunday night;
  • A well-attended Youth Quiz;
  • A late night trad session with our visitors from Borrisoleigh;
  • A darts tournament between teams of local enthusiasts;
  • A donkey derby which was highly entertaining;
  • Line dancing to suit the 'Country & Western' theme of the weekend;
  • Great food from Brett and his BBQ team;
  • Lots of cakes, tarts and home produce kindly donated by community members.


Sincere thanks to everyone who supported in any way and a special thanks to Paddy and his committee for their hard work in planning and preparation.

We are most grateful to our many sponsors (listed to the right) for their generous support of the weekend's activities.


Tidy Towns Season
Birdhill is looking well this summer. Even though flowers were planted later than usual, they thrived during the good weather, although watering was a demanding chore. Our new features are maturing well, but it will take a year or two to see the full effect. We have had many reports of sightings of that rare species, the Tidy Towns adjudicator. However, we will have to wait for the report in September for confirmation.
Meanwhile, we appeal to everyone to continue the good work to ensure that Birdhill looks its best at all times.



Hay to Ashes

Our tram of hay on the roundabout lasted just over two weeks. Someone put a match to it on the night of Wednesday 17th July. Fortunately, we were able to get a replacement.


July Newsletter: Festival details

13th June 2013


LivCom
Work on our submission for the International Liveable Communities awards is currently underway, with a few groups working on the different elements of the competition. A meeting in the school on Mon 17th at 8.30pm will hope to pull all the strands together. Meanwhile, a survey is being carried out to assess satisfaction levels in the community. Your co-operation would be appreciated if you are approached to complete the survey.

Tidy Towns Work
All planned projects for 2013 have been implemented. We now must focus on a high level of maintenance. Help would be appreciated on Monday evenings at 7.00pm or any evening that suits. There is a wide variety of tasks for young and old - weeding, sweeping, tidying, etc. (See 'At Work' in our Photo Gallery for some recent pictures of our active members)


Flag Raising

Congratulations to Birdhill N.S. on receiving their third Green Flag - this one was for their focus on water. Ted Moynihan (President of the Tidy Village Committee) formally raised the flag at the school last week (picture below)
We also raised 2 of our flags on the Village Green recently to remind us that the Tidy Towns adjudication season is underway. Katie Ryan raised the Birdhill flag, while Martin O'Brien hoisted the Tipp flag (and he a Limerick man!) - maybe that was what jinxed the Munster Championship game.


25th May 2013


OPEN MEETING
Following our success in the Pride of Place competition last year, Birdhill has been nominated (one of 6 from Ireland) to participate in the LivCom competition. A submission based on the attached criteria must first be completed and submitted by the end of June. A number of centres will then be invited to participate in the final in China at the end of November.
We wish to portray Birdhill in the best possible light and want to involve the whole community in developing the entry. To this end, an Open Meeting will be held in the Community Hall on
Thurs 6th June at 8.30pm. We would like to see everyone who has a view on Birdhill, its people, facilities, environment, etc in attendance.
It would be appreciated if you would study the details outlined under the 6 adjudication categories in "The Whole City" section and perhaps note a few ideas in the topic of most interest to you.

Energy Neighbourhood

Birdhill finished in second place in the county in the recent Energy Neighbourhoods project sponsored by the Tipperary Energy Agency. The programme focused on energy consumption in the homes of the participants during a four month period from December to March. Birdhill averaged a saving of 31% and received a €300 prize for their efforts. Thanks and congratulations to all who participated,
Well done to one of our participants, Aileen Campion who also won a prize for her Recycling tips (see her 'Substitution Philosophy' under Waste Minimisation on this site).

The birds have flown!
The 4 thrush chicks have left the nest which had been viewed on line for the past 4 to 5 weeks. Birdhill Birdhouse attracted visitors from all over the world, peaking at over 3,000 viewers daily at the time of hatching. It was amazing to observe how quickly the chicks developed from featherless, helpless little nestlings to strong, sturdy fledglings in such a short time. The whole process was a wonderful education for all who logged on.
Remarkably, the thrush (presumably the same one) has commenced laying again in the nest (it is normal for thrushes to have two or three broods in the year). Thanks to John and Brett for their enthusiasm and expertise.
Meanwhile, the blue tits have shown no interest in the nest box this year.



May Newsletter

6th March 2013

Easter

  • Some of our early risers braved the cold to come out and hear the dawn chorus on Sun 31st March. Unfortunately, the birds were also put off by the cold, or maybe they were confused by the putting forward of the clocks, as they were very quiet, with only a few filling the wood with their song. However, it was an interesting experience. See picture to the right of some of those who attended before the sun rose.
  • We had a great crowd for the Dawn Mass in the Community Park to celebrate Easter Sunday. Fr. John officiated, but even he could not direct the sun to dance in the sky or even to appear on a dull morning. Picture shows the congregation in the Park as daylight breaks.


  • Young and old returned to the Park later in the morning for the arrival of the Easter Bunny and to enjoy a range of Easter celebrations geared towards the children who also became fully occupied with the franctic search for the hidden Easter Eggs. Their mums and dads enjoyed a warming 'cuppa' of tea or coffee and sampled some of the superb variety of cakes, pastries, etc on offer.
  • A few of the ladies donned their colourful Easter Bonnets, but the younger set did not miss out on the opportunity to display their choices.
  • There were prizes for some lucky enough to have their numbers drawn in a raffle, but enjoyment for all in a social gathering before the overhanging clouds began weeping shortly after noon and the attendance dwindled quickly to more sheltered conditions.
  • People had the opportunity to examine our new 'Gathering Seat' in the Park on Easter Sunday. This conversation seat should be a welcoming feature to those entering the Park to sit and chat and watch the world go by.


See pictures of the Easter event in our Photo Gallery




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18th March 2013

St Patrick's Day Parade
Thanks to all, young and old, who participated with us in the Parade in Newport. Our float received much favourable comment. Everyone put in a great effort and enjoyed the experience on a beautiful spring day. (see pictures in our Photo Gallery)

National Tree Week
We had another beautiful Spring Day to mark National Tree Week on March 3rd. Paddy Keane gave a very informative talk on our native trees and their role in providing food for wildlife. Trees were formally planted by Deirdre Cox, Paddy Keane Majella Foley-Friel and Cyril & Ann Gleeson. Many of the young children also planted saplings throughout the wood. In keeping with the theme of our Literary Trail, we had readings with reference to our locality and to our trees. Ellen Roche-Ryan and Orla Delaney won prizes for the children's art competition. (See photo gallery)

Easter Sunday
Dawn Chorus: Join us in the Woodland Path at 6.00am to listen to the dawn chorus

Dawn Mass: Celebrate the joys of Easter with Mass in Birdhill Community Park at 6.30am

Easter Fun in the Community Park at 11.00am: Easter Bunny, Treasure Hunt, Cake Sale, Refreshments, etc



Newsletter March 2013

22nd February 2013

1. National Tree Week runs this year from 3rd - 10th March. The theme for 2013 is 'A Feast of Trees', to highlight the role of trees in providing food for humans, birds, bees and wildlife.
You are invited to attend on Sunday 3rd March and participate in the programme of activities we have planned for Birdhill to mark Tree Week.

Clár

  • Assemble at Birdhill Railway Station at 2.00pm
  • Display of drawings/paintings by pupils of Birdhill NS
  • Literary readings with reference to trees and to our own locality
  • 'Tree Walk & Talk' with Paddy Keane
  • Tree planting by invited guests and members of the community. You too can plant a tree!
  • Short walk on the Pollagh Trail


2. Children are invited to draw or paint a picture on an A4 or A3 page to represent the role of trees in our environment. A slogan may be added if desired. Prizes for Under 10's and Over 10's. Bring your picture to the Railway Station at 2pm on March 3rd

3. Birdhill Tidy Village Committee will be participating in the inaugural St Patrick's Day Parade in Newport on Sat 16th March. Members of the community are invited to join us and walk behind our 'float' to highlight 2 elements of our activities - growing and recycling. Participants should assemble outside the Day Care Centre at 10.45am.

4. Our recent Sale of Work was an outstanding success. Sincere thanks to all our helpers and patrons.

5. The public art commission to get a sculpture on the Roundabout has not produced a result. We will have to look at other options later.

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7th January 2013

  • A Meeting of all our Area Focus Groups will be held in The Coopers on Wed 9th Jan at 8.00pm. A committee meeting will follow at 9.00pm.


  • Thanks to all who supported our Hampers Raffle before Christmas. Hampers were won by Martin McKeogh, Maureen Griffith, Elise Ryan, Bernie Flynn and Nuala Coleman.


  • There was a great turn-out for our Christmas Quiz on 28th Dec. Everyone seemed to enjoy the night and entered into the spirit of the festive season. The winning team was: Paudie & Siobhan Kennedy, Joe Floyd and Paddy Ryan. Runners-up were: Joe, Ann & Muireann Kennedy and Noel McGrath. Again thanks for the wonderful support.


  • Winner of the "Pride of Place" wordsearch in the December newsletter: Aoife & Sorcha Kirby. They are pictured (below) with their book voucher. Thanks to all who entered.


  • Please note that the Sale of Work fixed for Jan 27th has been deferred to Sun 3rd February.


  • Reminder: First meeting of the new Youth Club in Birdhill Community Hall on Sat 19th Jan at 8.30pm. Teenagers from 6th Class to 6th Year are welcome.


  • We facilitated the disposal of Christmas Trees again this year. 3 loads were collected in the locality and taken for shredding. Picture shows Mike on his rounds.


  • Birdhill's annual Community Weekend will be part of the 'Gathering' Programme for Newport/Birdhill/Tour. The parish events will run from 19th to 28th July, with Birdhill hosting events on Fri 26th & 27th. There will be a broad programme of activities to entertain the local community and visitors.A sub-committee, under the chairmanship of Paddy Bradley, will be planning a list of events for young and old in Birdhill.

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