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Celebrating the ESB

2017 marks the ESB's 90th anniversary. The ESB has had a significant role in our community since the work on the Shannon Scheme, the construction of the 'Weir', the opening of the Fish Hatcheries, not to speak of the electricity sub-station adjacent to Birdhill Roundabout.

We hope to highlight this role during 2017. As a lead-in to the year, a visit to the weir and hatchery has been arranged for Friday 30th December.

Anyone interested in participating in this interesting and informative visit should meet at The Coopers on Friday morning at 11.00am.






Dates for your Diary



Take note of the dates for our


Annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony: Sat 7th December at 8.30pm


Santa in the Park: Sun 11th December, commencing at 5.00pm




8th November


Awards
We collected our awards for 2016 at the Lakeside Hotel last week. Mary Ryan, Michael Kelly, Martin O'Brien and Gráinne Delaney received the County Award, Gold Medal, Regional Award and National Tidiest Village Award at a well-attended function. See our photo gallery for pictures.
Our recycling centre was also nominated for a Pakman Award. Picture on the right shows Denis & Mary at the function in the Intercontinental Hotel in Ballsbridge.


Forthcoming Events
Lighting of Christmas Tree: Wed 7th December at 8.30pm
Santa in the Park: Sun 11th December at 5pm
Celebrating the ESB: Friday 30th December - Visit the Weir & Fish Hatcheries. Assemble at The Coopers at 11.00am
Sale of Work: Sun 5th February


Annual General Meeting

Our AGM recently was well-attended and we had lively discussions and interesting suggestions for the future. The following were appointed for 2017:
Hon Presidents: Fr John O'Keeffe PP, Ted Moynihan, Mary Ryan, Michael Kelly, Martin O'Brien.
Chairman: Denis Floyd
Vice Chairperson: Aileen Campion
Joint Secretaries: Gráinne Delaney & Terry Griffith
Treasurer: Paddy Barry
Ast Treasurer: Donnchadh Floyd
PRO: Anne Barry
Youth Officer: Margaret Hogan
Committee: Margaret Clifford, Nuala Lawlor, Fiona Ryan, Brett Fitzpatrick, Cora Lahiff, Kathleen Bradley, Siobhán Larkin, Marian O'Brien, Bernadette Hogan

Arrangements have been made for our sub-committees to meet on Monday 14th and 21st November to consider proposals under the various Tidy Towns adjudication categories.

13th October

Celebration
Thanks to all who turned out to toast our Tidy Towns success last week. Thanks to Matt The Threshers for food and refreshments and to Eamonn O'Dwyer who did some recording for Tipp FM. Picture shows our CES workers Mike, Paul and Christy (now gone) admiring the trophy with Margaret Hogan.

Harvest Celebration
There was a fine array of produce on display in the Community Garden at the Old Barracks last Sunday morning to mark the harvesting season (See picture below). Some of the produce was from the beds newly-installed at the centre earlier this year. Enquiries about taking a bed for next year can now be made to Birdhill Tidy Towns.

AGM
Just one week to go to our Annual General Meeting where we will start laying the foundations for 2017. This will primarily be a planning meeting focusing on ideas, suggestions and proposals for development.


October Newsletter

Items Covered:
1. Thanks to the community
2. Annual General Meeting
3. Focus on Community Facilities
4. Harvest Celebration
5. CCTV for Birdhill

29th September 2016

Tidiest Village!
There was jubilation in Birdhill this week when it was announced at the Tidy Towns Awards ceremony at The Helix in Dublin that Birdhill was Ireland's Tidiest Village for 2016. In addition, we retained our Gold Medal status and Number 1 place in the county, as well as being the overall winner in the SE region. We last held the 'Tidiest Village' crown in 2008. A lot of work has been done, much time expended, new projects undertaken and new features installed in the intervening years to earn this latest accolade. The involvement of many talented and knowledgeable people and the support of the broad community have been key to our success. Sincere thanks to all who have helped in any way.

Pictures below show:

  • Denis Floyd receiving the Tidiest Village award from Minister Michael Ring and Martin Kelliher (Supervalu).
  • Birdhill reps, Paddy & Anne Barry and Nuala Lawlor, along with Marcus O'Connor and Rosemary Joyce of Tipperary County Council at The Helix



10th September

Best Kept Garden

Congratulations to Martin O'Brien, Coole, Birdhill who took first prize in the Birdhill Garden Competition 2016. Agatha Murphy, Parteen Weir received second prize. Well done to all who participated and displayed such a high standard of presentation and maintenance. Thanks to our prize sponsors Careys Hardware, Newport and Applegreen, Birdhill. Thanks also to our adjudicators Tadhg McCarthy, Broadford, Co Limerick and Rosemary Joyce of Tipperary Co Co.

Preserving your Food and Flowers at Home

All members of the community are invited to a talk and demonstration on
the drying and preserving of foods and flowers
on Wednesday 7th September
commencing at 8.00pm
in Birdhill Community Hall

Learn about the art of drying and preserving flowers

See how to dry, can and preserve certain food items

Prizes will also be presented for the Birdhill Garden Competition 2016

Retirement Function


Ted and Kay Moynihan are retiring from the business at Matt The Threshers.

A function to acknowledge their contribution to Tidy Towns and to the community will be held in Birdhill Community Hall on Friday 19th August.

All members of the community are invited to attend.

Anyone wishing to attend should contact Denis or Gráinne not later than Monday 15th, to facilitate catering arrangements.

The function with refreshments, entertainment and formalities will commence at 7.30pm and conclude at 9.00pm.


We are glad to report that Matt The Threshers will continue to operate as a family business.


26th July


Community Evening 23/7/16

Treasure Hunt:
Congratulations to the Colgan Family of Coosane, winners of the Car Treasure Hunt. The hunt took participants to Newport, Ballinahinch, Silvermines and back to Birdhill. Some even went further afield, trying to follow the various clues. It proved to be an enjoyable and informative experience for all.

Jerseys:
Paddy Barry took the prize for the most unique jersey on display. He sported a Watford FC shirt from the 1950s.
Pat O'Donnell guessed the identity of the mystery jersey by identifying that the Blue Number 14 Jersey was worn by Christy Ring for Munster in 1962 on his last appearance in the Railway Cup competition. Pat won a signed Tipperary jersey - we look forward to seeing the Limerick native wearing the Blue & Gold later in the year.

Winners of Raffle Prizes:
Paddy and Anne Barry, Donnchadh Floyd, Kathleen Bradley, Johnny Hough, Siobhan Kennedy, Martin O'Brien, Margaret Hogan, Tony Ahern, Vera Moloney, Brian Tobin, Damien Ryan, Mike Ryan (Andrew), T.J McLoughlin

Tug-o-war: Well done to the Coopers, Latvian backboned, team which won the tug-o-war challenge. They finally got the better of the Bally Boys who had reigned supreme for the past six years. (See pictures of teams below)




July Newsletter
Summer Event: Treasure Hunt; Tug-o-war, BBQ, Music, Raffle, Jersey Day.


Birdhill Tidy Village


Exchange of Ideas, Goods & Experiences


Buy or Exchange Plants/Vegetables/Fruit
Learn about the propagation of strawberry plants
Watch how to make up a simple salad plate


Come along to the Community Garden at the Old Barracks on Monday 11th July at 8pm for some interesting demonstrations on gardening and preparation of simple meals.

See how the raised beds are developing;
Pick up a few tips on different aspects of gardening;
Bring along any surplus plants or vegetables you may have and swap with your neighbours;
Sample or buy locally-produced jams, lettuces, fruit, etc.


Finish off with a cup of tea/coffee in the Coopers.


Car Treasure Hunt

Sat. 23rd July

Start Point: Longhouse GAA Field at 5.30p.m.

End Point: Birdhill Railway Station


Winning Car is the one which returns with most correct answers and most requested items


Click here for registration form

May Newsletter

Topics covered:
1. Birdhill Garden Competition 2016
2. What you can do to help Tidy Towns efforts
3. Community Garden; Community Composter.
4. Date for annual Summer Community Event
5. Tips to save you money
6. Work schedule for May



28th April

Community Garden
With May almost here, it is time to start thinking of planting vegetables for 2016.
There are a few beds still available in the Community Garden at the Old Barracks. With grow grids in place on the raised beds, work and maintenance will be minimal. There is an initial cost of €20 per large bed and €10 for a small bed to cover set-up costs. Charges will be halved for continuing users in subsequent years.
For more extensive crops, plots are available in the Community Allotments on the Killaloe Road.


Community Composter
The Community Composter is also up and running at the Old Barracks. It can be accessed on Saturday mornings at 10.00am and on Wednesday mornings at 10.00am. or otherwise by appointment.


1916 Commemoration
Last Sunday's commemoration was a very successful event. The ceremonies in the Park and the Green along with the concert in the Hall helped to mark a hugely significant part of our history. The memorial in the Park was specially constructed, with 7 dwarf conifers representing the signatories of the Proclamation, surrounding a plaque with the immortal words of WB Yeats "All changed, changed utterly; a terrible beauty is born." A plaque with the words of the Proclamation is installed on the Village Green. We are indebted to Tipperary County Council for their financial support towards this project.
There is a limited number of programmes from last Sunday's concert in Birdhill Community Hall available. Please let us know if you would like to secure a souvenir copy.



16th April

1916 Commemoration in Birdhill


All are welcome to attend Birdhill's commemoration of 1916 on Sunday 24th April, details as follows:



6.45pm: Assemble in Birdhill Community Park.

7.00 pm: Commemoration of the seven signatories of the Proclamation and unveiling of plaque

7.20 pm: Raising of the tricolour and reading of the Proclamation on the Village Green.

8.00 pm: Commemorative Concert ‘You May Sing and Speak about Easter Week’ in Birdhill Community Hall, featuring music, songs and poetry associated with the 1916 Rising, all presented by the local community.

A souvenir Concert Programme will be given to all attendees.




April Newsletter

Topics covered this month:
1. Cookery Demonstartion; Using leftovers; Saving on food bills; What to compost.
2. Coffee Culture at the Old Barracks; New Community Gardens; Community Composter
3. Birdhill remembers 1916
4. Spring Clean 2016
5. Potting of Flowers
6. Email distribution list
7. Tips to save you money


20th March

Parades
We had enjoyable outings at the St Patrick's Parades in Newport and in Ballina/Killaloe. Our GPO Float with the accompanying signatories, activists and street vendors received very favourable comment and earned us the Overall Award in Newport and the Best Centenary Float in Killaloe. Sincere thanks to all who participated. See Picture Gallery for photos.
We've got some Easter Greeting Cards printed featuring the image of the GPO. Why not send some to your friends who are away from home!


March Newsletter

Birdhill Tidy Towns Workshop 1st February 2016


Wildlife & Natural Amenities

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  • Create awareness about cleaning bird-boxes, feeding time for birds, looking out for frog spawn, listening for cuckoo,
  • Solar lighting in Community Park and Longhouse
  • Initiatives re Deer, Badgers, Red Squirrel, Otter, Corncrake, Owls, Bats
  • Bat monitors
  • Location of Bat Boxes: Pollaghs, School, Motorway Bridges
  • Greenway signs
  • Hedgehog house
  • Ladybird homes
  • Replace wood supports for signs in Literary Trail
  • Create map of wildlife in Birdhill, showing places of interest
  • Wildflower meadows in Orchard, on Link Road to Motorway, on Roadside from Village to Church
  • Greater use of 'Phone Box' to display information
  • Plant berry trees in the Pollaghs
  • Hard core paths through orchard



Community & School

  • Tie in community events with 1916 theme
  • Work with school on Green Flag, Biodiversity and creating Wildlife Habitat
  • Arrange visits to the school for talks on litter, recycling, biodiversity, etc
  • Arrange occasions for children, teenagers and older people to mix and talk
  • St Patrick's Day Parades: Convert train into army truck. Liaise with school to advise on what to wear.
  • Easter: Stations of Cross. Dawn Mass
  • Outdoor cinema
  • Community Day does not have to be in the community; Combine 'having fun' with educating people around Tidy Towns topics
  • Signage in Village for School, Hall, etc.
  • Tidy Towns Youth Committee
  • Wear club, county or country colours to display diversity on 1916 commemoration day



Tidiness & Litter

  • O'Briensbridge Road blackspot for dumping and litter
  • Cyclists contributing to litter
  • Compile rota for litter collection on all roads - appoint a leader to take ownership of road
  • 'Don't Litter Birdhill' signs
  • Large central bill board for notices
  • Meet with Applegreen
  • No alternative to spraying weeds?



Approach Roads & residential Areas

  • Hold a 'Best Road Front' rather than 'Best Garden' competition.
  • Distribute flyer to all houses with a list of suggestions to help Tidy Towns
  • Sponsorship approach to Applegreen
  • Railway Station entrance
  • Engage with Co Co to improve road edging and road surfaces
  • Expose stone walls adjacent to railway bridges
  • Review all signage to determine removal or replacement
  • Mark boundaries of townslands and provide information
  • Etchings on trees
  • Large Boulder at Cooleen
  • Slippage on main road at soccer pitch


Waste Management

  • Poster Competition/Make item from recycled from recycled materials
  • Make item from recycled materials
  • Composting demonstration.
  • Consider a Community Composter
  • Liaise with Environment Dept Tipp Co Co
  • Seek report from waste companies on weights collected
  • How will 'Pay by Weight' impact
  • Devise questionnaire for houses to help in compiling a Waste Action Plan
  • Compile an Energy Action Plan
  • Share surplus plants, flowers, food
  • Provide ideas for reducing what's coming into houses
  • Smile exchange
  • Hold more Information Evenings
  • Charity Pick-up for clothes - 2 per year
  • Biabox deliveries
  • OWL energy monitors
  • Highlight car pooling and availability of parking spaces as a positive without putting up signage



Landscaping

  • Pot in centre of Cooleen Roundabout
  • Tully's Cross ok
  • Yellow Begonias for Beds in Church Yard; Red Begonias in Car Park bed
  • Bunds on Birdhill Roundabout need landscaping - medium-sized ornamental trees, cotoneaster/holly/evergreens/berries
  • Create Irish Flag with flowers (green, white & orange) on Nenagh approach; also a 'Harp' in small square bed
  • Butterfly/Scented Bed in Park needs definition and edging. Include English Lavender; Replace nearby seat
  • Herb Bed in Park ok
  • Create herb garden in troughs in the Orchard
  • Containers: Include weeping plants to soften harshness of the metal
  • Orchard: Roadside boundary needs definition - post & rail; Path needs attention; Names of counties and apple varieties etched on railing
  • Refurbish bed between Mary Ryan's (Cooper) house and Birdhill boulder
  • Sensory Garden



Built Environment

  • Challenge: Maintain marks.
  • Places of concern: Browsers Store & garden Centre; Post Office; Creamery; Area at Cooleen Cross.
  • Additional farm equipment on Roundabout
  • Village Notice-board
  • New feature to replace grass-composting area in the Park
  • Screen the service area for bottles and crates at rear of Coopers
  • Safe walking path in the village



1916 Commemoration

  • Reading of Proclamation, Raising of Flag and Singing of Amhrán na bhFiann on 24th April
  • Concert: "You may sing and speak about Easter Week" featuring songs, poems and music associated with 1916
  • 1916 theme for St Patrick's Day parades
  • Commemorative bed in the Park.
  • Provide a visual of what Birdhill looked like in 1916


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