Closing of Park
– 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.– 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
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.
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.
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
Easter Camps for Kids (mini breaks for adults too by default!)
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
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.
Final Call for St Patrick’s Day picture or video. All submissions to be in by 14th March.
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.
Flying the Green in Birdhill
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t forget to include your name and which category you are entering.
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
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
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/
Recipe for Our Times 22
Click here to see recipe for Curried Mussel Soup with Saffron
It’s a Fact 100
The skin of an average human replaces itself 900 times during one lifetime
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
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.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org for the link and the list of the materials needed to take part. Bain triail as. Tuilleadh eolas ar fáil ó 083-4455914
Recipe for Our Times 21
Click here for another recipe for a nourishing soup in this cold weather (Sweet Potato and Cashew Nut Soup)
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.
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
Recipe for Our Times 20
Click here to see 2 recipes for Vegetable Soup
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
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!
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.
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 email@example.com, or to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
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
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 email@example.com before 20th February. Winning entries will be published on our Website and Social Media platforms.
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
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.
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.
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.
21st January 2021
15th January 2021
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
8th January 2021
Covid 19 in our area
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.
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!