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16th April

Closing of Park

Work in Birdhill Community Park will not now start until Tuesday 27th April. The Park will be closed for approx 2 weeks from that date, but will be open to visitors on Saturdays and Sundays. The GoFundMe page will remain open until the end of April. A big ‘Thank You’ to all who have contributed to date.
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SDGs Goal 2:   Zero Hunger
What can we do?  Think about the food that we waste!  Can we grow more of our own food?   How can we support the estimated 850 million people worldwide who are undernourished?
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Tidy Towns Work
Litter-picking and painting are ongoing over the forthcoming weeks.  All help appreciated. Contact any Tidy Towns committee member to arrange work.
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Know about Butterflies
How many different species of butterfly can you name?  Ireland has 32 resident and 3 common migrant butterfly species. To help identify them, a free downloadable ‘crash course’ in butterfly identification is available by following this link:
See About butterflies – Biodiversity Ireland for more information.
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9th April

Park Development

A big thank you to all who have contributed to our fundraising appeal to date. Contributions can  be made through the GoFundMe page (https://gofund.me/373800de) or directly to any member of Birdhill Tidy Towns committee. Work is expected to commence in the Park on Thursday 15th April. It will be necessary to close the Park, for safety reasons, while work is going ahead. It will, however, continue to be available for visits on Saturdays and Sundays.
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Pop Up Stall
When:  Saturday & Sunday 10th & 11th April.
What:   Plants, Seeds, Books.
Where:   Birdhill Community Park.
Come along at any time and help yourself to something for your garden or some reading material to while away the remaining lockdown days and nights.
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Sustainable Development Goals
The Sustainable Development Goals are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all”. The SDGs were set in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly and are intended to be achieved by the year 2030.
SDG 1:  No Poverty.  This is a commitment to end poverty in all forms and dimensions by 2030.  This involves targeting the most vulnerable, increasing basic resources and services, and supporting communities affected by conflict and climate-related disasters. We can play our part in our own community through local charities and supporting local causes. Act local, think global.
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Art Exhibition
There has been an amazing uptake in the Open Air Art Exhibition proposed for July and August. The exhibition is limited to 50 pieces and there are only a few spaces left.  Check outBirdhill Art Hub | Facebook for full details.
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Any surplus paint?
Have you any left-over interior water-based paint that you want to dispose of?  Participants working on their submissions for the Art Exhibition would gladly avail of paint that you don’t need. It would be appreciated if you would drop off any spare paint to Birdhill Community Park this Saturday or Sunday 10th/11th April.
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Paint a Stone Competition
Reminder to local children: Don’t forget  the stone-painting competition, details of which were circulated through the local school before Easter. See attached flyer for full details.
 
Tidy Towns Newsletter
Click here to read the April edition of the National Tidy Towns newsletter. 
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Tidy Towns Work
1. We have lots of painting to be done over the next few weeks. If you can spare an hour any day, any time, please contact Denis 087-9355750.
2. The week commencing Monday 19th April is Spring Clean Week in Birdhill.  Litter has already been picked on many of the roads in the locality – thanks to all who helped out. Can you give a hand to ensure that your area is clean and tidy?  Let us know if you need bags, high viz, gloves, etc or if bags need to be collected after pick-up.
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31st March

Stations of the Cross
Parishioners will be unable to attend Easter ceremonies in our churches this year. Neither can we hold the usual Stations of the Cross in Birdhill Community Park. However, images of the Stations will be placed around the Park on Good Friday and people are invited to come along at any time during the day for private prayer and reflection. Appropriate distancing is advised.
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Local Open Air Art Exhibition
The newly formed Birdhill Art Hub is organising an exciting Open Air Art Exhibition this summer.  This will be a unique community event, at a time when such events are likely to be limited.  Local artists, amateur and professional, individuals or groups, are invited to participate. The first step is to declare your interest in partaking. See details attached or check out (2) Birdhill Art Hub | Facebook  and then email birdhillarthub@gmail.com or call Melissa Ryan on 087-9064401. Arrangements will  then be made to fill out an application for the exhibition.
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Go Fund Me
Our fundraiser for development at the Community Park has made a good start with many people donating through the Go Fund Me page (https://gofund.me/373800de ) or contributing privately. Your support would be appreciated in helping to enhance an important community amenity.
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Tidy Towns Work
During the next 2 weeks, we hope to carry out the following work:  1. Washing Signage & Street Furniture;  2. Painting timber work in the Park and around the village. Help would be appreciated at any time. Contact Denis (087-9355750) or any member of the Tidy Towns Committee if you can spare an hour.
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Easter Camp Activities:
– www.playact.ie Online drama & theatre
– From 3 – 18 years
– Duration: From 31/03 – 02/04: 11:00 – 12:00 – 3 – 6 years; 12:00 – 15:00 – 6 – 18 years
– Cost: €50 – €112.50
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– www.artzone.ie Drawing, painting, collage, clay construction etc
– For 8 – 14 years
– Duration: One hour daily for 4 days
– Cost: €40 for each 4 day camp 
 
– For 7 – 12 years
– Duration:  06/04 – 09/04 Two sessions daily 10:00 – 10:45 & 11:00 – 11.45
– Cost: €80 including a pack of specialist materials posted out

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25th March

Appeal to fund new development at Birdhill Community Park
Since it opened in 2003, Birdhill Community Park has developed as a wonderful recreational, environmental and educational amenity. It now hosts many events and visitors throughout the year, none more so than when Uachtarán na hÉireann, Michael D Higgins came in 2018. More recently, the addition of an Autism-Friendly play area has added considerably to its appeal. Facilities at the Park have been provided, developed and maintained by the local community, with generous assistance from Tipperary County Council.
To further enhance the amenity, to make it more accessible for wheelchairs, prams and buggies and to make it more attractive to all visitors, it is now proposed to lay a tarmac surface on all the paths throughout the Park.  At the same time, the Park’s role in the preservation and promotion of nature and biodiversity will be maintained.
An appeal is hereby made to local people and businesses and to residents of the wider catchment area to support a campaign to fund the proposed project, which is grant-aided by the Department of Rural & Community Development’s Town & Village Renewal Scheme. However, there is a local contribution required to ensure that the work is carried out.
With current restrictions making it impossible to organise any functions or events, we have to look at other ways of fundraising. You can support the project by making a direct contribution to any member of Birdhill Tidy Towns Committee or by donating through the GoFundMe page which has just been set up.  Visit https://gofund.me/373800de to make a donation.  We earnestly request your support for this very worthwhile community initiative.
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Services Directory
All information for inclusion in the Birdhill Services Directory should be submitted by the end of March. This is an ideal opportunity for all business concerns and service providers to ensure that local people are aware of what they have to offer. This will be an online publication and can be amended later as required.
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Promoting biodiversity in your garden with nest boxes
Watch this video from Bird Watch Ireland which demonstrates how you can encourage biodiversity in your garden by making and erecting a nest box:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEa8fTHHI0w

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Easter Camps for Kids (mini breaks for adults too by default!)

Cookery:
www.healthyeverafter.ie 
       -From 8 – 14 years  – Duration: 2 hours Saturday 10/04 15:00 – 17:00   – Cost €20
www.thecoolfoodschool.ie    – From any age  – Duration: 3 days from 29 – 31 March 11:00 – 13:00 daily      – Cost: €20 for 1 day or €50 for 3 days
www.aniarrestaurant.ie          – From 8 – 15 years    – Duration: 8-week course starting 11/04 every Sunday 11:00 – 13:00 (Yes, Sunday dinner cooked for 2 months 🤭)   – Cost: Full course €250, individual classes €35

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18th March

Lá Fhéile Pádraig

Follow this link to view messages to and from Birdhill for St Patrick’s Day. Thanks to all who submitted images and videos and a special thanks to Erin for putting it all together. Guímíd gach rath ar mhuintir Cnocán An Éin Fhinn ar Lá Náisiúnta na nGael. Bain taitneamh as.
https://youtu.be/G6qzz8MZY3E

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Work Schedule
The following tasks need to be carried out over the forthcoming weeks. We appeal for your help and support in ensuring that Birdhill and the surrounding areas will look their best for 2021. With restrictions in place, it is not possible to organise work groups, so we hope that individuals or family groups will come forward and undertake some of the tasks outlined below. Contact Denis (087-9355750) or any member of the Committee for further details.
Week commencing Monday 22nd March:  Removing debris from paths and grass areas.
Week commencing Monday 29th March:  Sweeping.
Week commencing Monday 5th April:  Washing signage and street furniture.
Week commencing 12th April:  Painting
Week commencing 19th April:  Spring Clean – collect litter on all roads.
Week commencing 26th April:  Clean/Weed shrub beds
Week commencing 3rd May:  Prepare beds and containers for planting
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Tipperary Arts
Click here to read the Tipperary Arts Newsletter for March
Also, why not get all the family to join Nenagh Arts Centre on 28th March at 5pm for a Painted Easter Eggs Workshop.  Check out full details on Painted Easter Eggs Workshop – Nenagh Arts Centre
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Tidy Towns Newsletter
Click here to read the National Tidy Towns newsletter for March
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11th March

Join the Parade!

Final Call for St Patrick’s Day picture or video. All submissions to be in by 14th March.

Pictures or videos do not need to be elaborate – it might be just a drawing or painting, a greeting, a photo of yourself dressed to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, a photo of your room or house displaying appropriate decorations, a video of your own family parade, etc.  Maybe you might ask members of your family who are away from home to submit a greeting or you could include a greeting to them!
Remember: Pictures/Videos should be in landscape (not portrait) format only.
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Ten things to do in the garden
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What is a Weed?
A weed is a plant considered undesirable in a particular situation. It is often described more accurately as “a flower growing in the wrong place.”  Weeds such as dandelions and clover are important pollinators and attract large numbers of butterflies and bees. Why not leave a section of your lawn or garden grow wild – less work for you, more resources for the bees.
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Volunteer for an Hour!
Next week we will publish a list of tasks that need to be done during the next few months. Many of these will be a once-off job, others will be ongoing. Can you commit an hour to help make your community a better place?  We’d love to hear from you!
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7th March

Community Pantry
Many thanks to those who deposited food items in our ‘Little Community Food Pantry’ in the Information Hub (telephone box) in the village during the past 4 months. As there was not a lot of ‘movement’ in the items, we have decided to discontinue the initiative and have removed the remaining food. All foodstuffs which are still consumable have been donated to St Vincent De Paul.
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Springing into action!

This is the time of year when our thoughts turn to planting.  Please consider sowing pollinator-friendly shrubs when you get into the garden during the next few weeks. You will be rewarded later in the year when a variety of bees and butterflies come to visit.  Click here to see list of summer-flowering perennials for your consideration.

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Flying the Green in Birdhill

Have you submitted an item for inclusion in our St Patrick’s Day virtual parade?   In the absence of a St Patrick’s Day Parade or festivities, we want to afford the people of Birdhill the opportunity to connect with each other and with the Birdhill diaspora in a collaborative effort to mark our national feast day.
People are invited to submit a picture or a short video which will all be compiled into a presentation showing Birdhill residents reaching out to the community and to the world.  There will be no prizes, just an opportunity to highlight our Irishness, our culture and our sense of community.
Pictures or videos do not need to be elaborate – it might be just a drawing or painting, a greeting, a photo of yourself dressed to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, a photo of your room or house displaying appropriate decorations, a video of your own family parade, etc.  The possibilities are endless. Maybe you might ask members of your family who are away from home to submit a greeting or you could include a greeting to them!
Pictures/Videos should be in landscape (not portrait) format only and be submitted to birdhilltidytowns@gmail.com not later than Sunday 14th March.
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Facts & Tips
During the past 2 years we published weekly 100 facts mainly on environmental issues. Prior to that we had 52 tips on Zero Waste and 100 tips on Saving Energy. That’s 5 years of messaging and advice!  Did it have any impact?  How  would another series be received? Any ideas for a theme?
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2nd March

Message from Fr John O’Keeffe P.P.
 

Works At Birdhill Church

1. Major overhaul of heating system recently completed
2. Planned Works:  Full cleaning of church by industrial cleaners;  Painting of inside of church;  Replacement of floor covering in sacristy;  Refurbishment of outside gates; Repainting of outside statues.

Church will be closed for the foreseeable future, until inside work is completed, except for distribution of Holy Communion on Sundays from 11.30am to 11.45am.

The Parish Funds would really, really appreciate if additional contributions could be made to defray the costs of these works.


Thank you all for your understanding, help and support in these difficult times.

Fr John O’Keeffe P.P.
 
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27th February

Winning Essay
Congratulations to Brett Fitzpatrick who was the winner in our recent Essay Competition. Click here to read his essay.
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Flying the Green in Birdhill
In the absence of a St Patrick’s Day Parade or festivities, we want to afford the people of Birdhill the opportunity to connect with each other and with the Birdhill diaspora in a collaborative effort to mark our national feast day.

People are invited to submit a picture or a short video which will all be compiled into a presentation showing Birdhill residents reaching out to the community and to the world.  There will be no prizes, just an opportunity to highlight our Irishness, our culture and our sense of community.
Pictures or videos do not need to be elaborate – it might be just a drawing or painting, a greeting, a photo of yourself dressed to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, a photo of your room or house displaying appropriate decorations, a video of your own family parade, etc.  The possibilities are endless. Maybe you might ask members of your family who are away from home to submit a greeting or you could include a greeting to them!
Pictures/Videos should be in landscape (not portrait) format only and be submitted to birdhilltidytowns@gmail.com not later than Sunday 14th March
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Nature, Creativity & Recycling
Some simple easy-to-make Bird Feeders
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Services Directory
Work is progressing on the compilation of a local Directory of Services. If you have a business or provide a service, be sure to forward details for inclusion.
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Newsletter
Click here to read the February Tidy Towns Newsletter.
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19th February

Essay Competition:  Final Call
The closing date for submission of essays for our competition is this Saturday 20th February. Send your literary endeavours about your experiences in Birdhill during Lockdown to birdhilltidytowns@gmail.com.  Don’t forget to include your name and which category you are entering.

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Nature Tip 16
Leave an old clay flower pot in a corner of your garden under bushes or shrubs, chip a hole in the side and you’ll be surprised at what comes to live there

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Enterprise Week
Local Enterprise Week takes place virtually from 1st to 5th March. Check out the following site for lots of useful talks, clinics and informative webinars on a variety of topics:  Local Enterprise Week – Local Enterprise Office – Tipperary 

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Lockdown Activities
Book Corner:  Check out this interesting site www.litvox.com for reading lists supplied based on your interests. It’s a site run by an Irish couple and it’s free or when very busy, there is a very small charge of €3. The format is you fill out a simple questionnaire and they send you back a list of recommendations. The facility is for all ages and includes some suggestions for elderly neighbours or relatives. What a lovely idea to send someone who is living alone a book to read!
Craft Corner:  See this site for lots of things to make and do for children of all ages: http://www.helpmykidlearn.ie/

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Recipe for Our Times 22
Click here to see recipe for Curried Mussel Soup with Saffron

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It’s a Fact 100
The skin of an average human replaces itself 900 times during one lifetime

11th February

Nature Tip 15
When you’re preparing for the cold weather, spare a thought for your garden birds too. This time of year is known in the scientific literature as the ‘hungry gap’ for many small birds. It’s the period when all of last autumn’s fruit and berries are gone from the trees, and before spring comes into action and we start seeing growth in hedgerows and trees. That means this is the time of year when the lowest possible amount of natural food is available. So, when a prolonged cold spell hits, it can be life or death for our small birds. Don’t wait until snow hits to put food out for your birds – put it out now so they can build and maintain their strength and fat reserves ahead of the worst of the weather.  Birds need water every day both to drink and to bathe in. When the weather is cold, all of their natural water sources (ponds, streams, puddles) freeze over and birds have to roam further and further to find water, using up a lot of energy in the process. Make it easy for them by providing water in a shallow dish of some sort.  Take the water dish in each night and put out fresh water in the morning. Remember, it’s no good to them if it has frozen overnight!  For more information see  Don’t give your Garden Birds the Cold Shoulder this week! – BirdWatch Ireland

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Notice Nature
Great to see people taking note of the fascinating activities of the flora and fauna in our local environment. Frog spawn has already been noted in the area and the attached video of an owl was well captured by a resident down near the Weir. Let us know about anything interesting that you have observed.  

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Lockdown Activities
1. Get writing:  Time is running out for our essay competition!  Local people are invited to write about their experiences living in the Birdhill area during the lockdown restrictions. The essay should be typed, not more than 800 words and not more than one side of an A4 page.  Prizes will be awarded in 3 categories:  1. Primary School Children;  2. Secondary School  Pupils; 3. Adults over18.  Entries should be emailed as an attachment to birdhilltidytowns@gmail.com before 20th February.  Make sure to include your name and which category you are entering. Winning entries will be published on our Website and Social Media platforms.
2. Make a home for hedgehogs:  A hedgehog house provides a safe habitat for hedgehogs to sleep, nest and hibernate, throughout the year. The basic design enables hedgehogs to enter and exit the box, but prevents larger mammals, such as cats, foxes and badgers from getting in.  What better pest control for slugs, snails, flat worms, etc than a hedgehog!  Easy to construct with clear instructions and pictures:
How To Make a Hedgehog House – BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine

3. Ceardaíocht le Sinéad:  Log in to a series of workshops over the next few weeks and see some practical activities for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, St Patrick’s Day and Easter.  Start this Saturday 13th February at 12.30pm. Email cabrini@glornangael.ie for the link and the list of the materials needed to take part. Bain triail as. Tuilleadh eolas ar fáil ó 083-4455914
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Recipe for Our Times 21
Click here for another recipe for a nourishing soup in this cold weather (Sweet Potato and Cashew Nut Soup)
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It’s a Fact 99

It’s a Fact 99
You can find more remains and artefacts under the ocean than in all of the world’s museums combined.

5th February

Enterprise Awards
Best wishes to Alan and Staff of the Old Barracks Coffee Roastery in the National Enterprise Awards Finals next week. Click on this link to watch the award ceremony live on Feb 11th at 6pm: National Enterprise Awards – Local Enterprise Office

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Recipe for Our Times 20
Click here to see 2 recipes for Vegetable Soup

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Lockdown Activities
1. Irish History Podcast:  Log in for some fascinating stories and an insightful look at over 1,000 years of Irish history: https://irishhistorypodcast.ie/
2. Make a mini pond and watch it develop during the months of spring – there will be great excitement watching the many creatures that come to take up residence. Any size from washing-up bowl to half barrel or old sink will do. Follow this link for instructions   How to Make a Small Pond | Ideas for Wildlife – The RSPB

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Nature Tip 14
You can semi tame a robin by feeding it at regular times of day, they even come into sheds with you when they get to know you.  Meal worms are their favourites!

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It’s a Fact 98
Scientists have named and classified around 1.5 million species of sea creatures, and there is as much as 50 million species we have yet to discover.

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30th January 2021

Directory of Services
A Directory of Services for the Birdhill area was produced in 1987 and updated in 1995. Much has changed in the intervening years and most of the providers listed therein are no longer active. Work has commenced on compiling a new Services Directory focusing on what is available in our own community. This will be an online publication only. Anyone wishing to be included should forward details of service provided, address, contact numbers, website/social media details (if applicable) to birdhilltidytowns@gmail.com, or to marionobrien1@gmail.com or to any Tidy Towns rep in your locality. Categories under which listings were made previously included Bars/Catering/Shops, Bed & Breakfast, Art/Design/Domestic Crafts, Agriculture/Horticulture, Hauliers, Health, Nurses, Schools, Consultants/Tuition, Babysitters/Childminders, Entertainment/Social, Machinery Sales/Service/Hire, Trades/Engineering, Clerical Work, etc. No doubt, new services in the fields of electronics and technology will now feature more prominently. The Directory will focus on the Birdhill Community only, but local people who have a business outside the area will also be included.

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Know Your Locality – Free online course
The Irish Archaeology Field School in conjunction with Wexford County Council and Ancient Connections are delighted to offer a free online course taking you step by step through available online resources allowing you to explore your home place through its geological, archaeological and historical past. Delivered by Dr Stephen Mandal through a series of online tutorials every Tuesday and Thursday (4-6pm) over 3 weeks from February 16th to March 2nd, further details and bookings https://iafs.ie/know-your-locality Book early to avoid disappointment

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Tidy Towns Newsletter
Click here to see the first newsletter of 2021 from National Tidy Towns.  The ‘Feed the Birds’ article provides lots of interesting information

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Essay Competition
Have you started putting your thoughts on paper for our essay competition? Have you encouraged your children to enter?  Local people are invited to write about their experiences living in the Birdhill area during the lockdown restrictions. The essay should be typed, not more than 800 words and not more than one side of an A4 page.  Prizes will be awarded in 3 categories:  1. Primary School Children;  2. Secondary School  Pupils; 3. Adults over18.  Entries should be emailed as an attachment to birdhilltidytowns@gmail.com before 20th February.  Winning entries will be published on our Website and Social Media platforms.

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Lockdown Activities
1.  Make a St Brigid’s Cross to mark her feast day on Monday 1st February:  Making a St. Brigid’s Cross – an Easy Step by Step Guide – YouTube
2. A free 65 page downloadable workbook based on Paddy Stapleton’s book ‘Up in the Air’  Schools – Paddy Stapleton

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Nature Tip 13
Most birds will soon start building nests. We can help by providing suitable nest boxes. We can also provide homes for small animals like field mice and bank voles by cutting a hole in old tennis balls and placing them in the middle of your hedge or bushes.

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Notice Nature
It would be appreciated if members of the community would report first sightings or unusual occurrences in the world of nature around us. For example, we have been told about the first snowdrop seen on 12th January, the first daffodil in bloom on 20th January and a snow white barn owl in the Pollaghs on 21st January. Maybe you could take a photo or video and send them to us – like the  attached video of a stag taken recently from the Coosane Road.

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It’s a Fact 97
The decline in economic activity and transport due to the pandemic led to a 6% reduction in Greenhouse gas emissions during 2020.

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21st January 2021

Plogging on Saturday
We introduced you a few years ago to ‘Plogging’ (a combination of jogging/walking with picking up litter).  Why not give it a go again this Saturday afternoon when we invite you to do some plogging on the Link Road between Birdhill Roundabout and Applegreen. This road is the introduction to Birdhill, but unfortunately is seriously littered at present and creates a poor impression for visitors. Can you spare an hour on Saturday to help clean up our roads and get some exercise in the crisp January air?  Meet at Birdhill Roundabout at 2.00pm. Wear high viz and gloves.  We  will also have a supply of bags, gloves, litter pickers and high viz vests.available.  Appropriate distancing will be observed, with people working individually or in family groups.
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Farming For Nature
Follow this link to read the first ‘Farming For Nature’ Newsletter of 2021:  https://sh1.sendinblue.com/adbf4phc1ht7e.html?t=1609794184
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Nature Tip 12 & Children’s Activity
Birds can have difficulty in getting food and fresh water during the winter.  A nice project for children would be to make Fat Balls to ensure that  the birds in our garden have access to nutritious food at this time of year.   The following site gives simple instructions and a list of possible ingredients:.   How to make a fat ball to feed garden birds 
 
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New Competition
Following on from our recent Photo Competition, we intend to run a number of competitions during the next few months. For our second competition we are inviting local people to write about their experiences living in the Birdhill area during the lockdown restrictions. The essay should be typed, not more than 800 words and not more than one side of an A4 page.  Prizes will be awarded in 3 categories:  1. Primary School Children;  2. Secondary School  Pupils; 3. Adults over18.  Entries should be emailed as an attachment to birdhilltidytowns@gmail.com before 20th February.  Winning entries will be published on our Website and Social Media platforms.
 
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Community Defibrillator
The defibrillator at Birdhill Community Hall  has been serviced recently, battery replaced and new pads installed. It is now ready for use again, although it is hoped that it will not be in much demand. In the event of someone in the community needing it, please call 999 or 112.  The code to open the box is 999.
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It’s a Fact 96
The average person produces about 50,000 pints of saliva in a lifetime.  That’s about enough to fill two swimming pools.
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15th January 2021

Photo Competition
Congratulations to Paddy Barry (‘Guarding the Future’) and Mary Daly (‘AJ’s New Best Friend’), winners of our recent Photo Competition. Prizes will be presented shortly. See winning photos attached.
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Road Closure
Tipperary County Council have announced that they intend closing the R494 between Birdhill and Ballina from 15th February to 1st March to facilitate advanced works for the Killaloe Bypass, Shannon Bridge & R494 Improvement Scheme. Alternative routes are advised on the Council’s website
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Become a Digital Champion
Can you be a Digital Champion and join the Getting Started KIT community to help some of the 70% of people over the age of 65 who are not online, get online?
The digital divide has been laid bare during Covid-19 for all age groups; many children and adults, particularly older adults cannot participate in digital learning or the digital economy either for the lack of skills or access. Over half of Irish people aged between 65 and 74 have never used the internet, locking older people out of a huge range of benefits. It is not for lack of interest either: 30% of Irish households without internet access say the reason is a lack of skills to use it. It is estimated that only 3% of people over the age of 70 have the skills and access to the internet.
The Age Action Getting Started Keep In Touch (KIT) is a national learning initiative to help older people improve their digital literacy skills, so they are more connected, informed and supported particularly during periods of social distancing. The Getting Started KIT will also help people who have digital literacy skills to become Digital Champions – they can use the KIT to tutor someone who needs help. Age Action has created easy How To guides and a video tutorial in order to support older people to learn, use, and be confident about smartphones, other devices and applications. Full details on
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Recipe for Our Times 19
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It;s a Fact 95
There are more living things in a teaspoon of soil than there are people on Earth.
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8th January 2021

Covid 19 in our area

Latest figures from the Covid Tracker app show that the Newport LEA has more than double the rate of Covid-19 cases than any other part of County Tipperary. 123 cases are recorded for the last two weeks. This is a rate of 752 per 100,000 in an area which has a population of 16,355.  So the message is clear:  Stay Home; Stay Safe; Follow the Guidelines.
Don’t forget that members of the Birdhill Community Response Group are again available to help where required.  Ring any of them and they will arrange the necessary supports.
 
It’s a Fact 94
The year 2020 created many weather records in Ireland:  Temperatures averaged 10.40C  for the year, that is  0.830C  above the long-term average; Rainfall in February was more than two and a half times the normal amount expected for that month; We had little or no rain during March, April and May, but we had above average rainfall over the course of the whole year; In August, the all-time record for wind was broken for that month with a wind speed of 110km/p/h at Roches Point. As the earth heats up and the atmosphere gets warmer, we can expect to see heavier rainfall events during the winter and drier, warmer periods during spring and summer.
 
Plants, Seeds & Books for You
Members of the community and the wider hinterland will have the opportunity on Sunday 10th January to pick up a selection of Plants, Seeds or Books for free at the Community Park in Birdhill.  These will be available from 10.00am to 4.00pm, or while stocks last. Customers can leave a voluntary donation if they wish.
 
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Activities for Lockdown
1.  This is Art!  www.thisisart.ie
If you know someone who is under 7 years old & no older than 18 years & they are interested in painting, drawing, sculpting, crafting, spraying etc then enter this competition. Deadline is 15th January 2021. Great way to keep them occupied & focused on the job in hand!
2.  Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick https://www.limetreetheatre.ie/shows/
This New Year, Lyngo Theatre is presenting a show featuring making props and sets from recycled materials and regular household items. There is a show on Saturday, 9thJanuary at 14:00, tickets are €12.