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18th November

Annual General Meeting
In view of current Covid-19 trends, it has been decided to hold the Annual General Meeting of Birdhill Tidy Towns Association again this year via Zoom. 
Date:  Monday 22nd November;  Time:  8.00 – 9.15pm.  Log in details will be circulated on Sunday evening.
The AGM will include the annual reports, appointment of officers & committee, consideration of Adjudicator’s Report and a look ahead to 2022.
Birdhill Tidy Towns is now at a crossroads in terms of personnel, strategy and outlook. Your assistance would be appreciated in plotting a way forward. The backing of the local community and the input of numerous individuals have brought outstanding results over the years. That ongoing support is now required to re-assess and plan for the future. Please join us on Monday night, if only just to watch and listen and provide a visible support for our efforts. Or you might have any idea that would benefit our community and environment. You can make a difference!
Tidy Towns Results

Birdhill gained 4 marks in this year’s National Tidy Towns Competition and was awarded a Bronze Medal. Click here to see copy of Adjudicator’s Report.

Remember if we all #LookForLocal in Tipperary this Christmas, we’ll be supporting local jobs, businesses and communities.  Click here to see all that Tipperary business has to offer.

10th November

Tidy Towns Results
Results of the 2021 competition will be announced at a ceremony in the RDS Dublin on Friday November 12th 2021.  Attendance at the event will be very limited in line with public health advice, but it will be live-streamed so that everyone can participate in the celebration.
Link to event:    https://livestream.com/accounts/285324/events/9858330   Please note the link will only work in Google Chrome.   All adjudication reports and the results booklet will be available on the Tidytowns website from 1pm on November 12th, straight after the announcements are made.
Begonia Bulbs
We will be digging out the begonia bulbs in the village on Sat 13th November at 11.00am. Anyone wishing to  get some bulbs to save for next year, please come along with fork or spade and help yourself.
Creating Videos Course
Tipperary Volunteer Centre is offering community groups free online training – ‘Creating video content using just a smart phone‘. This two hour workshop will take place on: Tuesday, November 17th, 11am – 1pm.        Register Here


5th November

Tidy Towns Results
Results for the 2021 National Tidy Towns Competition will be announced on Friday 12th November. The ceremony will be live-streamed, commencing at 12.00. We will publish the link next week to enable people to log in to the event.
Annual General Meeting
The AGM of Birdhill Tidy Towns Association will be held in Birdhill Community Hall on Monday 22nd November, commencing at 8.00pm.

Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) offer Seed Grants to communities and individuals 
Supported by the Creative Ireland programme, IHF sets out to inspire and support the work of groups, organisations, and individuals who wish to mark in some tangible way their response to the universal realities of dying, death, and bereavement, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Seed Grants support groups, organisations, and individuals exploring creative ways to do this.  They might use the grant to help start new local art projects, or support existing projects to gain momentum - this may involve artists, crafts people, or digital coders. Priority will be given to creative initiatives that take innovative approaches to reflection and remembrance.
Closing date for applications is Friday 12th November 2021 at 5.00pm.
IHF is the national agency focused on death, dying, grief, and loss. Over 35 years, IHF has become embedded across the delivery of care in Ireland, working with multiple agencies.
To apply and for more information visit https://hospicefoundation.ie/our-supports-services/ihf-in-the-community/arts-and-creativity/seeds-grants-2022/. For more information please contact Dominic Campbell on Dominic.Campbell@hospicefoundation.ie or Elizabeth Hutcheson on Elizabeth.Hutcheson@hospicefoundation.ie


24th October

Tips for Biodiversity
Nature responds quickly when land is managed in a way that is more favourable to biodiversity. Everyone who manages land, whether it be a small garden, a large farm or public spaces, can greatly improve the landscape for biodiversity, by making small changes. Biodiversity Ireland suggests 10 easy ways that our local environment can be improved to make space for biodiversity:
Plant native trees and shrubs; Let dandelions grow; Retain hedgerows and patches of scrub; Introduce biodiversity-friendly mowing; Maintain winter stubble; Leave grassland unfertilised;
Limit the use of pesticides; Create a wetland; Don’t cut raised bogs; Don’t drain fields.
Risk Management
Tipperary County Council, Tipperary PPN, North Tipperary Development Company and South Tipperary Development Company will run a free two hour online workshop on Risk Management for Community Groups on Wednesday 27th October at 11am. Click here to register for this event.
Arts News
Click here to read copy of Tipperary Council’s Arts Office newsletter for October
Reeling in the Years
The attached photo shows the station master’s house at Birdhill Railway Station shortly before it was demolished in the 1960s. The last family to live in the house were the Cregans. Michael Cregan was later a rep for Folens Publishers while his wife, Joan, was a teacher in Nenagh and became actively involved in Tiobraid Árann Ag Labhairt.

14th October

Reeling in the Years

Since it was officially opened by the then Tipperary captain, Tommy Dunne, in 2003, Birdhill Community Park has developed as an important and attractive amenity for the locality. Originally part of the Twiss Estate, the field was acquired by Kerryman, John Buckley from the Hassett Family and he operated a successful nursery until moving to Kilmastulla in the 1970’s. The land lay idle for a number of years, having been purchased to facilitate a by-pass of the village. The shed and stone walls at the entrance were built in the 1990’s during a County Council-promoted Fás Scheme which used the grounds to produce fruit and vegetables. Joe Gleeson from Kilmastulla was supervisor on this scheme. Other workers included John Powell, Josephine Powell, Jim McKeogh, Billy Hogan, Thomas Gleeson. Many of the other stone walls around the village were also built at that time as part of the scheme. Birdhill Tidy Towns then got the go ahead to develop the field as a community park.  Mulcair Credit Union has generously supported the Park from the beginning.  Paddy Barry was chairman of the Credit Union and in unveiling the plaque with Eileen Harte (Credit Union manager), he said, “It takes people with great vision and enthusiasm to take on a venture such as this. The Birdhill Tidy Village Committee have shown this drive and enthusiasm in not only developing this park, but in the village as a whole. This work has earned an ever increasing mark in the National Tidy Towns Competition and they may be a national winner in the not too distant future.”
The park has now become a community focal point and its diverse role as a recreational, educational and environmental amenity has seen it described as “a hidden gem” and “the jewel in Birdhill’s crown” by various Tidy Towns adjudicators.  Among the significant development milestones of the park are:
2002:  Erection of hand-painted Wildlife Information Board (by Peggie Geraghty)
2003:  Laying of gravel paths; Laying of lawns; Installation of Picnic Area; Official Opening
2004:  Planting of trees by local children and families (names displayed on wall of shed)
2006:  Planting of tree by Taoiseach Bertie Ahern to mark Birdhill being named as Ireland’s Tidiest Village.
2007:  Visit by adjudicators from different countries for the Entente Florale competition. 
2008:  Excavations for Pond.
2009:  Reconstructed well and gate as a memorial to the Twiss family installed.
2010:  Tarmac laid at entrance and around shed
2011:  An Ogham Garden was installed with samples of an ancient Irish    Tree Alphabet
2013:  A shelter was built 
2014:  Mural depicting the legend of ‘Oisín agus an tÉan’ was created.
2015:  A Children’s Playhouse was constructed
2016:  1916 memorial constructed.
2017:  Fairy Trail was set out
2018:  Autism-Friendly area installed; President Michael D Higgins visited.
2021:  Tarmac laid on all walkways


8th October

Supports for Volunteers & Committees

Tipperary Volunteer Centre is offering free online training for Volunteers, Committees and Officers as follows:

  1. Running an Effective Meeting:  2 hour workshop on Wednesday 13th October, 11am – 1.00pm to deal with good governance, correct procedures, roles & responsibilities, preparation and planning, etc.        Register Here
    2.       Financial Oversight for Community Groups:  2 hour workshop on Wednesday 20th October, 11am – 1pm to deal with financial stewardship and responsibilities, best practices, reports, warning signs, etc.      Register Here

Season of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness

John Keats aptly described autumn as the “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.”  The weather is a mixture of warm sunny days and cooler, rainy, windy days and evenings. The days continue to shorten. The leaves are turning colours and beginning to fall. Beech and oak woods are their magnificent best. Berries adorn the blackthorn, hawthorn and rowan trees and hedgerows.  Fungi proliferate after recent damp weather. The first frosts will soon dust the autumn foliage with silver.  October is a month of great activity in the natural world. Rutting deer, both red and fallow are visible in our local forestries. Smaller mammals such as mice and squirrels are busy storing fat reserves and food for the winter. Birds are on the move.  Many have already departed for warmer climes. Wildfowl and waders arrive from their northern breeding grounds. Bird friends who stay with us for the winter are visiting our backyard feeders again.  Insects are slowing down their summer song. The last of the season’s wildflowers are beginning to fade. Gardens are winding down and we’re getting the last of the year’s harvest. Why not connect with nature this October:

  • Gather some seeds from the garden or hedgerow; keep them in an envelope for sowing next spring. Experience that hopeful feeling of storing up new life for a new year.
  • Collect fruit such as sloes (blackthorn) or elder berries (from the elder tree) to make your own gin or wine.
  • Befriend a robin: With patience you can gradually gain the trust of a robin, sprinkling food a little nearer to you each day, until he will perch on your hand.

Local Enterprise Office

Tipperary LEO will be running the following courses, focusing on various elements of business, this autumn. Click on the topic for full details.of any course:
Autumn Online Training:

How to Create Online Videos

Website Clinics

Social Media – Instagram Advanced

Costing & Pricing – are you charging enough?

Social Media – Facebook Advertising, Handy Apps, Strategy  

Selling on line – how to succeed

Trading Online Voucher scheme

Sales & Marketing on a Budget

Blogging & Email Marketing

Start Your Own Business – November 

Basic Book Keeping


1st October

Books, Plants & Seeds
Be sure to drop into the Community Park on this Saturday or Sunday to pick up a book or two from the Pop-up stall. There will also be a selection of plants and seeds available.  All items are free, but an ‘Honesty Box’ will be provided for anyone who wishes to make a donation.
Follow Your Lead Challenge
As a nation, we are consuming more electrical goods than ever before. Almost 60 million household electrical appliances, tech devices and lighting equipment were placed on the Irish market in 2020, with annual consumption rising from 15kg a head in 2016 to 21kg a head last year.  Irish homes contain an average of 15 to 20 electrical items which are broken or unused, according to WEEE (Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment) Ireland. Smartphones are high on the list – EU data shows they are the most unused and hoarded electrical items lying around Irish homes.  Data also indicates that each person is responsible for an average of 5kg of hoarded electrical waste – meaning 15-20 kg of old and broken appliances are waiting to be recycled from most households.

Families in Tipperary are being challenged to find and recycle five end-of-life electrical items in a bid to improve our recycling performance. WEEE Ireland, is urging Tipperary residents to become e-detectives for the month of October and follow electrical leads around their homes to identify devices that are beyond repair.   A surge in lockdown spring cleaning in 2020 saw 1,850 tonnes of electrical waste collected in County Tipperary. The “Follow Your Lead” campaign aims to increase the supply of waste electrical recycling to collection centres this year. People in Tipperary are asked to follow the leads and plugs to defunct items sitting in cupboards, attics, sheds, etc. as the components within these pieces of equipment could be put to better use.  By turning this into a family challenge, everyone can have some fun while taking positive environmental action.
Your local recycling centre is located in the County Council’s Machinery Yard, Limerick Road, Nenagh (Tel 07 6106244)

Composting is the farming of aerobic microbes to promote the decay of biodegradable materials into a stable, humus-like substance called compost which can be a valuable additive for the garden. 5 essentials for successful composting:  1. Balanced mix of green & brown materials; 2. Moisture; 3. Air; 4. Particle size and surface area; 5. Size of pile.
Follow these links for a comprehensive guide to composting:

Tipperary Enterprise

24th September

Art Display
Thanks to the relevant artists, we will have a few of the paintings from the recent Pollaghs Art Exhibition on display in the Community park, commencing this weekend and continuing for the next few months. They will bring some colour and cheer to the Park during the bleak winter months.
Free Books
A surplus of books has built up again in our Community Library in the Information Hub in the Village. To help dispose of some of these, there will be a Pop-up Stall in the Community Park on Saturday and Sunday 2nd & 3rd October. Drop in at any time and pick up a few books to keep you occupied during the long winter nights.
Planning Ahead!
Traditionally, September has been the end of year for Birdhill Tidy Towns, when accounts are closed and preparations are made for the Annual General Meeting. Any outstanding bills due for payment should be submitted to the Treasurer immediately. The AGM will be held in November. Meanwhile, members of the community are asked to consider ideas and proposals for 2022 and to identify new personnel to take the association forward.
Tidy Towns Newsletter
Click here to see copy of the National Tidy Towns Newsletter for September.  Included are details of a photo competition which may be of interest to you, or to younger members of your family.

17th September

On Yer Bike
This week is National Bike Week, a celebration and promotion of the benefits of cycling. Whether you have a racer, a high nelly or an electric bike, consider the benefits to your health, mental wellbeing and to the environment by enjoying a spin this weekend and developing an ongoing routine without the car.
Reuse October
With Reuse Month just a few weeks away, Mywaste.ie wants to highlight Reuse Heroes. If you know anyone who has done some amazing reuse work, why not nominate them for a ‘Hero’ Award!
Full details on the following social media channels:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MyWasteIreland/photos/a.158513491431525/915456825737184/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MyWasteIreland/status/1438095301563269124
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/CT1v5Zogn6E/
Click hereto see copies of

  • Tipperary County Council’s Arts Office Newsletter for September.
  • In This Together Newsletter for September

10th September

Bulbs for Bees
President Michael D Higgins recently launched the Bulbs for Bees campaign in celebration of 35 years of Gaisce – The President’s Award.  People across the country regardless of age, location or size of back garden are encouraged to take up their own Gaisce challenge this autumn and plant a pollinator-friendly bulb to protect one of the most important players in the climate change battle – bees. The #BulbsForBees campaign is supported by the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan. The pollinator friendly bulbs will bloom in Spring creating a variety of flowers including crocus, snowdrop, hyacinth, allium. Plant bulbs now to help the bees in Spring.
Birdhill Tidy Towns has helped many local students achieve their Gaisce Awards over the years.  Well done to all of them and we thank them for their involvement in their community.
Over the next few weeks, deciduous trees will commence shedding their leaves and these can be used to make leafmould. Leafmould is formed from decaying leaves and produces an invaluable soil conditioner. The best quality leafmould is produced from the leaves of oak, beech or hornbeam. Thick leaves like sycamore, walnut, and chestnut need to be shredded before adding to the leafmould pile, as they are much slower to break down. Collecting leaves from the lawn using a rotary mower is a convenient way of shredding them, and when added to the grass clippings, the nutrient value of the leafmould is increased.  Making your heap of leaves as large as possible hastens decay and the pile should be moistened periodically if it becomes dry.  Most leaves take about two years to break down and it can then be used as compost, mulch or soil improver.

Water Butts
We have a few water butts (225litres) available to facilitate the harvesting of rainwater. If anyone is interested in getting one, please reply to this email. Water Butts enable homeowners to collect rainwater from the roof for re-use within the home and garden. This can provide substantial savings on water bills, as well as making your home more sustainable. Rainwater contains more oxygen than tap water, so it is much better for plants.

Plastic Recycling
All plastic packaging waste, including soft plastics, can now be placed in household recycling bins. Up to this week only rigid plastics were accepted. But now, soft packaging such as wrappers, plastic bags and bubble wrap have been added to the household recycling list provided they are clean, dry and loose.  New technology, installed in recycling facilities over the last number of years, enables sorting of the different plastics.  Ireland currently recycles less than one third of all plastic packaging.  The country has a target of 55% recycling by 2030. We can all play a part in reaching this target.

3rd September

Nature tip for September
This is the month when summer suddenly seems to give way to autumn. Colours in the garden become more muted as seeds and fruit ripen and leaves take on the first hints of red and brown. Although this is a time when gardeners traditionally start to clear up, if you want to encourage wildlife, you could adopt a more natural approach. Leaving seed heads, especially on plants such as thistles, teasels and sunflowers, and allowing vegetation to die back naturally, provides food and shelter for many creatures through the colder months.
Website Restored
Did anyone notice that Birdhill Tidy Towns website was out of action for the past few weeks. Apparently it was hacked and some files corrupted. It has now been restored and updated.
Our Local Railway
North Tipperary Community Rail Partnership has been campaigning for the Limerick-Ballybrophy rail line for a number of years, initially to save it from closure – which has been achieved for the present – but now to try and get Irish Rail to make the necessary investments to run it as a proper service. An online petition has been organised in pursuance of this aim. Can you help reach the target of 1,000 signatures and help to develop a valuable service on our doorstep.. Follow this link to sign the petition: https://my.uplift.ie/…/upgrade-and-invest-in-the…
Where is the Hay Barn?
Nobody identified the location of the hay shed published in last week’s email, as used in Marie Ryan’s favourite landmark. It can be seen in Kilmastulla and was formerly owned by the late Jack and Din O’Sullivan.

New County Development Plan
Tipperary County Council has published a Draft County Development Plan for Tipperary 2022-2028 that is now open to public comment and review. This will be the first County Development Plan prepared by the Council, following the merger of North and South Tipperary County Council in 2014 and will set out a proactive planning framework to guide the sustainable development of the county to 2028 and beyond.
This new plan intends to guide sustainable physical, economic, and social development, whilst protecting the environment and guiding, and supporting positive moves to a low-carbon society.
The Draft Plan has been tailored to be flexible and adaptive to respond to, and shape, our changing circumstances.  It identifies the strengths of the county, provides guidance on the growth of towns, villages and rural areas, and informs the nature of future investment. It will also inform decisions on public services, infrastructure and amenities, and will influence many facets of daily economic and social life in terms of where we live, availability of services and job opportunities.
Now is your chance to contribute your thoughts and ideas on key priorities for the county, and how the Plan can be implemented and realised. Consultation on the Draft Plan is open until 15th October 2021.
You can find the Draft Plan and more information on the public consultation on the council’s website: https://www.tipperarycoco.ie/cdp
There are various ways that you can have your say:
  • Send your observations directly to Tipperary County Council.
  • Join Tipperary PPN online webinars – one webinar for Community and Voluntary pillar groups and another webinar for Social Inclusion pillar and Environmental pillar groups.
     webinar for the Community & Voluntary pillar community groups will be  on Wednesday 15th September @ 7pm  Free tickets to this webinar will be available on Eventbrite so follow this link https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/tipperary-county-development-plan-up-for-consultation-tickets-168704376331

27th August

Free Recycling of Mattresses

In conjunction with Tipperary County Council’s Anti-Dumping Initiative 2021, mattresses will be taken in, free of charge, on the specified days below at the Council’s Civic Amenity Sites.

Nenagh Civic Amenity Site on the 10th September 2021 from 8:30-12:30 and 13:00-15:30

Roscrea Civic Amenity Site on the 10th September 2021 from 8:30-12:30 and 13:00-15:30

Clonmel Civic Amenity Site on the 17th September 2021 from 8:30-12:30 and 13:00-15:30

Donohill Civic Amenity Site on the 24th September 2021 from 8:30-12:30 and 13:00-15:30

Cashel Civic Amenity Site on the 24th September 2021 from 8:30-12:30 and 13:00-15:30

This service is for domestic households only – Strictly no commercial use!  Only clean and dry mattresses will be accepted. Contaminated mattresses posing a health or safety hazard will not be accepted. A maximum of 4 mattresses per customer (normal fees will apply for quantities greater than 4 mattresses).  Normal charges will apply for any and all other waste items presented on the day.
Further information about this event and the Council’s Civic Amenity Sites can be found  here –https://www.tipperarycoco.ie/news/free-mattress-recycling-events

Upcycle Challenge
Mywaste.ie are looking for entries for the Upcycle Challenge 2021 and there are cash prizes worth €750 to be won. There are categories for individuals, schools, community groups and professionals. To enter all that is required is to find something old or unwanted, take before and after pictures, upcycle the item, document the journey and submit the entry to https://www.mywaste.ie/upcycle-challenge21/


Click here to read copies of Newsletters from the following:

  • National Tidy Towns Newsletter for August;
  • Tipperary County Council’s Arts Office Newsletter for August;
  • In This Together Newsletter which features Birdhill in the Greener Communities Initiative.

Local Landmark Photo Competition

Congratulations to Marie Ryan, Cooleen, Birdhill (our local post lady), winner of our recent Local Landmark Photo Competition. The caption which accompanied her photo read:  The Old Red Barn:  Everyone is familiar with the old saying, “Were you born in a hay barn?” That aside, the sight of this old red barn fills me with nostalgia, taking me back to my childhood, as one of my favourite places to play was my grand-uncle’s barn filled with a myriad of vintage farm machinery. There’s something glorious about this old weathered barn, it’s brilliant red paint now faded and chipped, shabby but in a charming way. Barns like this punctuate the Irish landscape, many abandoned and overtaken by time, and for me they are an iconic reminder of the Ireland of my youth.

Now for a little teaser:  Who can identify the location of the hay barn photographed?  There will be a prize for the first to correctly identify the location by return of email.


20th August

Heritage Week Competition
Don’t forget to get your entry in by this Sunday 22nd August for Birdhill Tidy Towns’ competition for Heritage Week.  Take a photo of a landmark in your locality and outline, in not more than 100 words, why it is important to you . Email your entry to birdhilltidytowns@gmail.com. Please include photo and script in one document and be sure to include your name and address. We will have a SuperValu voucher for the winner.
Art Exhibition Winners
ADULT award winner – Kerry Acheson for her Hounds Haven.
ADULT award runner up – JP Ryan for his Starlings settling on Lough Derg after a murmuration.
SENIOR GROUP winner – Newport College – Art Teacher Timmy Fleming.
JUNIOR GROUP winner – Birdhill Nation School – Teacher Sarah McAuliffe.
12-18 YRS winner – Keeva O’Shea for her painting of her dog Bruce.
U/12 YRS winner – Niamh Bourke for Baaawk Baaawk Chicken.
PUBLIC CHOICE AWARD – Daragh Harrington for An Fia Abú
PUBLIC # TAG AWARD – Emma and Sean Tierney posed in front of Kate Stritch Artwork ‘Kate & Ruby’
The prize for the competition run in conjunction with Heritage Week’s Wild Child Day went to Ellie Fleming for her drawing of a harvest mouse.
Congratulations to all the winners and sincere thanks to all who participated. See all the winning paintings below.
Thanks to Trish Taylor-Thompson, Aidan Lynch and Arek Baczkowski who had the unenviable task of judging and selecting all the winners. Our appreciation again to Applegreen Birdhill and SuperValu Killaloe for sponsoring the prizes for the exhibition, to Anne O’Brien for donating the top prizes in the Adult section and to Larkin’s Gala for providing refreshments at the Prize-giving evening.
Most importantly, we are indebted to Melissa Ryan who did trojan work in devising, creating and managing the exhibition. It was a wonderfully novel and unique event which captured the imagination of participants and admirers and attracted widespread interest during the past 5 weeks.

Nature Tip

August-September is a good time to collect wildflower seeds. Wait until 6-8 weeks after flowering before harvesting the seeds. Only collect seeds from plants that are in your local area. The following wildflowers are good sources of nectar and pollen for all types of bees and will provide food for many other insects:  Knapweed, Scabious, Birds-foot-trefoil, Meadow Vetchling, Selfheal, Woundwort, Yellow Rattle, Oxeye Daisy, Harebell (From All Ireland Pollinator Plan).

Reduce Food Waste Workshop

Looking ahead to October:  To celebrate October as ‘Reuse Month’ Tipperary County Council are hosting a ‘Reduce Your Food Waste’ workshop. This session covers everything from meal planning, recipe swaps, preserving and growing your own. It also looks at food storage, what best before dates to ignore and jazzing up left-overs for a tasty packed lunch. From composting to preserving, it’s all covered in a 2 hour session. This event is sponsored by Tipperary County Council for residents of Tipperary. Date of Workshop is Wednesday, 6th October 2021 from 10.00am to 12 noon by zoom.
If you are interested in the event, please log onto this link for registration:  https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/reduce-your-food-waste-registration-166781880093


12th August

Art Exhibition & Heritage Week Reminders
  1. Announcement of winners and presentation of prizes for the Pollaghs Art Exhibition will take place in Birdhill Community Park on Sun 15th August at 6pm.
  2. The Public Choice Award closes this Friday. Pick your favourite on https://www.facebook.com/birdhillarthub/
  3. The Art Exhibition will close on Wednesday 18th August.
  4. Entries for the Wild Child competition for children aged 5 – 12 years to draw or paint any of Ireland’s native animals on an A4 page must be submitted by 18th August. Take a photo of the work and email it to birdhillarthub@gmail.com or tag @birdhillarthub or #birdhillarthub.
  5. Get your entry in by 22nd August for the competition to take a photo of a landmark in your locality and describe in not more than 100 words why it is important to you.

Nature Tips for Autumn

  • If you find a butterfly in your home during the autumn months, it may be confused at the warm temperature and expend a lot of energy flying around when it should be hibernating. Instead of releasing your butterfly outside where there is little nectar and conditions are hostile, carefully place it in a shed or garage where the temperature will stay consistent. Be sure to let it exit during spring.
  • During the next few weeks, you may worry where your much-loved garden birds have gone as the well-stocked feeders lay unattended. But fear not, this is a totally natural occurrence at the beginning of autumn. Nature’s hedgerows are now studded with blackberries and other fruit – all delicious to garden birds. Birds will always favour feeding directly from nature’s pantry, so whilst her stocks are bountiful you will naturally see a drop in garden feeder visitations. However, keep their food and water sources topped up, because as soon as temperatures drop and the berry crop dwindles, your favourite garden birds will be back to your feeders in abundance. They rely on your high-energy, high-fat winter food to fuel them through the colder months. 
  • One of the best plants for your garden wildlife is ivy, especially in autumn and winter. Many flowering plants will start to die during the colder season, whereas ivy flowers are only starting to flourish. These prove to be an important source of food for bees, butterflies and  other pollinators when other nectar-bearing plants are dying off. The evergreen nature of ivy is perfect for sheltering birds and insects while other trees lose all their leaves.

Are you a Gogglebox fan?

Gogglebox Ireland is looking for a few new faces for the show which is in its seventh series and this year in particular are looking for a likeable, opinionated, quirky/eccentric long term couple. See attached casting flyer with some more information and contact details.  Casting will finish this Friday. Contact Jill on 085 103 3578 or at casting@kiteentertainment.com

6th August

Heritage Week
National Heritage Week 2021 runs from 14th to 22nd August. It offers an opportunity for individuals, families and communities to focus on our local heritage – natural, architectural or historical. Perhaps individuals or families might research their personal histories. Maybe one could explore the history of local landmarks, old buildings or land formations that have become more familiar during lockdowns. Is there a tradition such as a song, craft, skill or recipe that has been passed down through your family that you are curious about? Have you become more aware of nature in your locality? Heritage exploration opportunities are endless, no matter what your interests are. Perhaps you could reach out to a newcomer in your area to explore an aspect of local heritage with them.
Competition:  To mark Heritage Week, Birdhill Tidy Towns invites members of the local community to take a photo of a landmark in their locality and to outline, in not more than 100 words, why it is important to them . Email your entry to birdhilltidytowns@gmail.com before the end of Heritage Week, Sunday 22nd August. Please include photo and script in one document and be sure to include your name and address.
Art Exhibition
Announcement of winners and presentation of awards for the Pollaghs Art Exhibition will take place in Birdhill Community Park on Sunday 15th August at 6.00pm.  The prizes are just an acknowledgement for the great efforts made by all the artists in creating a wonderful public event that we all have enjoyed during the past few weeks.  Don’t forget that you can also pick a winner in the Public Choice Award by ‘liking’ your favourite creation on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/birdhillarthub/) before Friday 13th August.
The Exhibition will remain in place in the Pollaghs until Wednesday 18th August to coincide with Heritage Week, and enable visitors to admire the amazing creativity of our artists, while also appreciating the beauty of our natural environment.
Wild Child Day
The Heritage Council encourages children and families to drop their devices, jump off the couch and get outdoors to explore the heritage in their locality. They have designated Wednesday 18th August ‘Wild Child Day’ and encourage our young people to get out, participate in environmental activities and enjoy “green time” over “screen time”.  As an added incentive and in keeping with the ‘At One With Nature’ theme, Birdhill Art Hub is running a competition for children aged 5 – 12 years to draw or paint any of Ireland’s native animals on an A4 page. Take a photo of your work and email it to birdhillarthub@gmail.com  or tag @birdhillarthub or #birdhillarthub, not later than 18th August. So why not go wild, get creative and enjoy what our environment has to offer.

30th July

Following the publication of the 1960’s photograph of Buckley’s house and gates in our email of 2 weeks ago, there were a number of enquiries about what became of the gates. We can reveal that the gates were removed by the County Council during works on the realignment of the junction for Newport in the late 1980’s. They are now hanging at the entrance to Cuan Mhuire behind the Church in Silvermines Village. (See accompanying picture).  Birdhill’s loss, Silvermines gain!

SDG 17:  Partnerships for the Goals

Sustainable Development Goal 17 refers to the need for cross sector and cross country collaboration in pursuit of all the goals by the year 2030.  It is a vision for improved and more equitable trade, as well as coordinated investment initiatives to promote sustainable development across borders.  The Global Goals can only be met if we work together. To build a better world, we need to be supportive, empathetic, inventive, passionate and above all cooperative. We could start by practising teamwork at home and sharing activities among family members.  Act Local – Think Global.
Art Exhibition
The Art Exhibition in the Pollaghs has aroused great interest, with many people coming back for a second and third look. Don’t forget to vote for your favourite painting by logging into    https://www.facebook.com/birdhillarthub/
Arts Office Newsletter
Click here to see copy of Tipperary County Council’s Arts Office Newsletter for July.

23rd July

SDG 16:  Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions

Sustainable Development Goal 16 calls for strong institutions, global standards of justice, and a commitment to peace everywhere.   It emphasises that all forms of violence should be eliminated. This potentially includes criminality or the least visible forms of all, violence against children, which also has severe consequences for the future of societies.
Some things that we can do:  Demonstrate a peaceful environment at home;  Use your vote and participate in decision-making processes; Be respectful and peaceful when standing up for what you believe in.  Act Local – Think Global.
Nature Tip
Don’t forget the little creatures in our gardens during the hot, dry weather.  Fill a shallow container with water for the birds to drink and bathe.  Birds and tree-dwelling animals will appreciate water hung at various levels.  You could nail a plastic tub to a fence or hang a modified water bottle in a tree. Provide a dish filled with pebbles and water as a bee watering station – keep the water line below the stones so that the bees have landing spots.   Be sure to top-up or change the water regularly.
Water Safety
Recent tragic events on our waterways emphasise the importance of being aware of the potential dangers of water-associated activities. 
Cold Water Immersion Shock:  When cold water makes contact with our skin, the cold shock response can cause an immediate loss of breathing, possible dizziness and panic. This dramatically increases the risk of sudden drowning even if the water is calm and you know how to swim.  For those who survive this, but are unable to get out of the water, progressive body cooling leads to hypothermia and muscle-cooling, making swimming more difficult or impossible.  Children cool even faster than adults.  If you fall into cold water, avoid swimming, stay calm and relax. Float or tread water and get as much of your body out of the water as possible. 
Tidy Towns Newsletter
Click here to see attached National Tidy Towns newsletter for July.


16th July

Art Exhibition
The Art Exhibition is now open for viewing in the Pollaghs. 50 works of art (and they are works of art in every sense of that term) are now hanging and ready to be admired by locals and visitors. Well done to Melissa Ryan for her tireless work in seeing this wonderful project to fruition. The exhibition can be visited at any time and details of the artists are attached to all works. But if you wish to get further information, local personnel will be in attendance at 3pm at the entrance to the Pollaghs on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

SDG 15:  Life On Land
Sustainable Development Goal 15 asks us to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss. Almost 75% of the world’s poor are affected directly by land degradation.   Forests are home to more than 80% of all terrestrial species of animals, plants and insects.  We can help by developing wildlife areas in our gardens,  eating food which is in season, recycling used paper or going paperless where possible, implementing pollinator-friendly actions, etc.  Act Local – Think Global.

Another Link Gone
We sympathise with the Buckley family of Kilmastulla on the recent death of Tess Buckley. Her passing removes a nostalgic link with Birdhill Village of a bygone era. John and Teresa Buckley ran a garden nursery where Birdhill Community Park is now located. Their house had originally been a gate lodge to the Twiss Mansion.  Previous occupiers of the lodge included Tom Thorne, Mrs Waters, Madden Family, Michael Teefy and a number of Gardai. Buckleys had extensive glasshouses on the site and were renowned for their tomatoes.  They  moved to Kilmastulla in the early 1970’s and continued the successful nursery business. John Buckley passed away in 2014 but his legacy will always be with us in 2 hybrid birch trees which he bred and patented, ‘White Light’ and ‘Birdhill Beauty’ – many samples of these stand out in the Village and on the main road towards the Church, with their white bark a notable feature. Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern planted one of John Buckley’s trees in the Park on a visit in 2006.
The attached photos show Buckley’s house in the 1960’s and a view from the house towards the impressive gates at the entrance, with the Pollaghs in the background, long before trees took the place of the trams of hay.


10th July

Train Services
Did you know that 2021 is the European Year of Rail?  This is a European Commission initiative to highlight the benefits of rail as a sustainable, smart and safe means of transport. We are fortunate to have rail services on our doorstep in Birdhill. Maybe it’s something to which we could give some consideration and make a conscious effort to avail of the service. Irish Rail have advised that, following recent work on upgrading the line, the normal timetable now operates as follows:
Birdhill to Limerick Mon to Sat:  8.11, 11.38, 20.34;  Sun only 21.11.

Birdhill to Dublin Mon to Sat:  6.58, 17.24;  Sun only 17.49.

Pollagh Eco Trail
Many of us regularly use the Pollagh Road to take our exercise routine in a haven of tranquility, peace and quiet.  Have you logged in to Terry’s Eco Trail recently to add to your enjoyment of the route?  Use your mobile phone to scan the QR Codes at the 6 stations along the route to access information on numerous aspects of the area. Listen to the audio commentaries which are witty and engaging. Read the details on many elements of the local flora and fauna.  You also have a second trail (Nature Trail with 15 markers) which can be followed using the leaflets available in the box at the entrance to the Pollaghs or in the Information Hub in the village.
Art Exhibition
Just a week to go to the Open Air Art Exhibition in the Pollaghs!  All the exhibits are in and being prepared for hanging. There will be some amazing talent on display from 16th July until 15th August, including professional and emerging artists, adults, children and school groups. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to study the 50 entrants. For a sneak preview of some of the works, check out https://www.facebook.com/birdhillarthub/

SDG 14:  Life Below Water
Sustainable Development Goal 14 seeks the prevention of water pollution throughout the world.   The oceans are our planet’s largest eco system. Over 3 billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihood. Much of the pollution of our countryside ends up in the oceans. We can play our part by not polluting our waterways, conserving water in our homes and using fewer plastic products which often end up harming ocean life, .


2nd July

Make the Leave No Trace PledgeLeave No Trace Ireland seeks your support in making a promise to protect our wonderful environment. Click on the following link: https://www.leavenotraceireland.org/love-this-place-leave-no-trace/pledge/.   Enter your name and download the ‘LeaveNoTracePledge’ to your phone or laptop and share on social media.  By making the pledge you are making a conscious effort to adopt these principles in your life:  Keep Ireland Clean;  Respect signage; Consider your impact; Be a responsible dog owner.
SDG 13:  Climate Action
Sustainable Development Goal 13 calls on us to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.  We can all do some simple things:  Avoid single-use plastic; Plant more trees; Take reusable bags to the shops and buy only what you need;  Maintain your car – it will let out less toxic fumes;  Make your home more energy efficient.  Act Local – Think Global.
Directory of Services
Further to publication of the Birdhill Directory of Services last week, click here to see updated and amended version.
Thanks to our Sponsors
We express our grateful thanks to Irish Cement Ltd and Ward & Ward Haulage, who were not included in the recent list of contributors to our fundraising efforts, for their generous sponsorship.


25th June

Local Services Directory
Click here to see our newly-published Directory of Services with details of some of the many services available in our community. The list is not complete and can be added to at any time as it is an online publication.  Our thanks to Marion O’Brien, chairperson of our Sustainability sub-committee, for her work in compiling the list. Any other members of the community wishing to be included should contact Marion, any member of Birdhill Tidy Towns Committee, or reply to this email. We ask you to support our local service providers.

Tipperary Repair & Reuse Directory
Birdhill is not the only one producing directories!  Environment and Climate Action Tipperary have recently compiled a Repair & Reuse Directory for all service providers that offer repair and reuse services as part of their business. Click here to see copy.   This is part of a waste prevention initiative in an effort to encourage people to repair or reuse items rather than throw them away.  It is hoped that this prevention initiative will raise awareness about the economic and environmental benefits of reusing everyday items and materials that would otherwise go to waste.  Repair & Reuse Directory is available at www.tipperarycoco.ie
To celebrate this launch, Environment and Climate Action are running an upcycle challenge in which people are challenged to use their imagination and create something new out of something old to breathe new life into an old or unwanted item or material.  So, if you can find something old and renovate it or turn it into something completely different but still reusable, then we want to see it!! Whether it’s painting an old piece of furniture, decorating a wine bottle to use as a candlestick holder – (the sky’s the limit, Folks), whatever, it is, we want to see it given a second life. Great prizes guaranteed.
Competition closes 30th July, 2021 and winners will be announced on Friday, 13th August, 2021.
For further details: https://www.tipperarycoco.ie/forms/cycling-challenge-repair-directory-environment

Let’s act responsibly
This weekend, let’s all do our bit to protect the environment and make our Outdoor Summer a pleasant experience for everyone. Please bin your waste or bring it home.
Arts Office Newsletter
Click here to see copy of Tipperary County Council’s Arts Office Newsletter for June. It features our forthcoming Open Air Art Exhibition on the Pollagh Trail.
SDG 12:  Sustainable Consumption & Production
Sustainable Development Goal 12 is about doing more and better with less. Sustainable Consumption and Production has been defined as “the use of services and related products, which respond to basic needs and bring a better quality of life while minimising the use of natural resources and toxic materials as well as the emissions of waste and pollutants ”  It deals with various important problems like efficient waste management, energy consumption and promotes sustainable lifestyle habits, sustainable tourism, and scientific and technological advances in developing countries. What can we do?  Stop Food Waste;  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repair and most importantly Rethink;  Donate any clothes you are not using to charity;  Eat and shop locally and support associations connected to fair trade, etc.  Act Local – Think Global.


16th June

Flowers for Sale
We have a small amount of Petunias, Marigolds, Verbenas, Lobelia and Alyssum available for sale @ 50c per flower. Ring Denis (087-9355750) if interested.
Consultation on Outdoor Recreation
The Department of Rural & Community Development’s public consultation on the National Strategy on Outdoor Recreation is open for submissions until the 23rd June. Have your say on the future of outdoor recreation here https://bit.ly/3gbIEP5

SDG 11:  Sustainable Cities and Communities

Sustainable Development Goal 11 seeks to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.  25% of the world’s population live in slums. Over 3.5 billion people in the world live in cities. Over 90% of Covid-19 cases are in urban areas. These growing numbers place pressure on health services, fresh water supplies and infrastructure.  The goal is to renew and plan human settlements in a way that offers opportunities to all, with access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation and green public spaces, while reducing resource use and environmental impact.  We can all help develop a strong sustainable community by protecting our natural heritage and environment, managing waste efficiently and nurturing inclusivity for all.  Act Local – Think Global.
Tidy Towns Newsletter
Click here to see the National Tidy Towns Newsletter for June.


11th June

Summer Flowers
Monday 14th is our annual planting evening, when we sow summer annuals in the beds and containers around the village. Help would be appreciated. If you can drop by for an hour, anytime from 7.00pm onwards, it would be great. Many hands make light work. Every effort will be made to implement appropriate distancing.
We may have a small amount of flowers (marigold, verbena, lobelia and alyssum) available for sale after Monday night.
Thanks to local businesses
Our recent fundraising campaign for improvements in Birdhill Community Park received great support from local businesses. We sincerely thank them for rallying to our aid, despite the many difficulties of the past year. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the following businesses:  The Old Barracks Coffee Roastery, Matt The Threshers, Larkin’s Gala, O’Donovan Marquees, Donal Ward, John Rice, Fitzgerald Plant Hire, McHales Machinery, Lyncare, Mulcair Credit Union, Poole Plumbing & Heating, The Workshop Fitness Studio, Vision Signs, GGL Security (John Delaney), Joe Shanahan, A Dog’s Life, Kilmastulla Stained Glass Studio, Newport Community Online Bingo.
SDG 10:  Reduced Inequalities
Sustainable Development Goal 10 calls for reducing inequalities in income as well as those based on age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status in all countries. The major examples of social inequality include income gap, gender inequality, health care, and social class. We are all asked to consider how we deal with social inclusion in our activities.  Do we treat everyone equally?  Have we preconceived ideas on who we befriend?  We can all work to make sure that services and opportunities are equally available to all in our community.  Act Local – Think Global
Available for Work
Secondary School student available for summer work. Contact Conor at 085-8634237
Healthy Age Friendly Homes Programme
The Healthy Age Friendly Homes Programme is a new initiative that aims to enable older people to continue living in their homes or in a home more suited to their needs, live with a sense of independence and autonomy, be and feel part of their community, and support the avoidance of early or premature admission to long term residential care. Over the next two years, it is anticipated that 4,500 older people will benefit from the support of this programme.
This new programme will be jointly led across 9 Local Authority areas, Cork County Council, Dublin City Council, Fingal County Council, Galway County & City Council, Limerick City & County Council, Longford County Council, South Dublin County Council, Tipperary County Council, Westmeath County Council.
Age Friendly Ireland and the Tipperary Healthy Age Friendly Homes, Aoife Dunphy invite interested persons to participate in a virtual Stakeholder Engagement session on Thursday 17th June from 9.30 to 11.00am. An overview of the National Healthy Age Friendly Homes Programme will be included. This engagement is a key part of the effort to inform, enhance dialogue and build relationships with all stakeholders in the roll out of this new and innovative Programme.  REGISTER HERE to take part. 


4th June

Park Reopening

Birdhill Community Park will reopen on Monday 7th June. The work took longer than anticipated and we apologise for the delay. The fundraising campaign in support of the work was very successful and we extend sincere thanks to the many people who contributed through the GoFundMe page or by private donations. We acknowledge in a special way the generous contribution of the Lynch family, in memory of Terry who spent so much time in the Park until her untimely passing. Her work, her ideas and her gentle urgings have helped make the Park the wonderful recreational, environmental and educational amenity that it is today. Her input and her knowledge is greatly missed, but her legacy will long be with us. Indeed, we remember the many people who have contributed to the development of an important community amenity since it opened in 2003.
The GoFundMe page will remain open until 13th June for anyone still wishing to contribute.
Park Rules
In the interests of the safety of all users of the Park, the following rules will be implemented:
  • Bicycles, scooters, roller skates or skate boards are not allowed in the Park.
  • No climbing trees
  • Do not throw anything into the pond
  • Dogs must be kept on a lead. Owners should clean up after their dog.
  • Litter should be taken home.  There is a bin provided in the Park, but someone has to empty it.
  • All people visiting the Park are responsible for their own safety and for the safety of those in their care.
We seek the cooperation of parents in ensuring that the above rules are adhered to.
SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Sustainable Development Goal 9 aims to build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation. We can help by shopping local, supporting local markets and co-ops and helping to build developing countries. Act Local – Think Global.
Summer Flowers 2021
Our flowers are much later this year than heretofore. We hope to be able to sow our summer annuals around the village on Monday 14th June. Help would be appreciated, commencing at 7pm.
Messages from Fr O’Keeffe
  • Update On Works At Birdhill Church
    Works have now been completed, and the total cost of these works is 19,631.90. This cost covers the cleaning, plumbing and heating, painting, new floor coverings and hire of scaffolding and hoist. The donations to the Birdhill Church Fund, to help pay for these works, currently amounts to €3,950.00. On behalf of Fr Delaney and myself, we thank you for your donations to this fund. The fund is still open and, needless to say, all further  donations will be gratefully welcomed.  Please mark your envelope Birdhill church fund, and if paying by cheque, please make it payable to  NewportParochial No. 1 A/C, as with all all cheques for the parish.
  • Sacristan Retiring
    Anne Sheridan is retiring  at the end of this year from her role as Sacristan at Birdhill Church, a position she has  undertaken for the last twenty years. On behalf of all the people of the Birdhill Community, I wish Anne all the very best in her retirement, and thank her for all the work she did during those years. The task in hand now is to hopefully find Anne’s successor(s) for a role that is vital for the running of Birdhill Church. Any persons who have an expression of interest in this position are asked to contact Fr O’Keeffe by the end of June to discuss this matter further.


29th May

3 Steps for a Better Birdhill
All members of the community have a role to play in creating an attractive environment in Birdhill. You could help by considering the follow simple steps:

  • Remember the word ‘Plogging’ we introduced to you a while back – a combination of jogging/walking and picking litter. Could you bring a bag with you and pick some of the unsightly litter you find on the roadside while out for a walk?  Or maybe you might get involved in a rota for the regular collection of litter in your area!
  • Nurture and preserve wildlife and their habitats around your home.
  • Lay out a schedule for regular maintenance work required around your house, frontage and roadside boundaries.
Is Tidy Towns all about ‘Tidiness’?
It depends on your definition of tidiness. To many people, tidy simply means ‘clean’, in which case it would be wrong to describe TidyTowns as dealing purely with cleanliness. However, tidy also means ‘well-ordered’, ‘considerable’ and ‘substantial’, which are far more relevant descriptions. TidyTowns is fundamentally about doing things properly – good planning, well maintained buildings and public spaces, appropriate landscaping and respect for natural amenities. It is also important to remember biodiversity, clean and uncluttered thoroughfares and, most importantly, community engagement. In order to reach the highest standards under the TidyTowns programme, a deeper understanding and engagement with the needs of an area is required rather than just good presentation. Securing community involvement and adopting a strategic and systematic approach to all activities are as important as the standard of presentation to ensure improvements are long-term and sustainable. Like most things, concepts of best practice evolve over time as we learn more about the world we live in and the consequences of our actions.  TidyTowns has seen these concepts change over the years and has adapted accordingly. So ideas from, say 20 years ago, would not necessarily be reflected in TidyTowns today (From the Tidy Towns Handbook – https://www.tidytowns.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/TidyTowns-Handbook.pdf).
Tidy Towns Newsletter
Click here to read the National Tidy Towns Newsletter for May.
SDG 8:  Decent Work and Economic Growth.
Sustainable Development Goal 8 is about decent work and economic growth.  It targets full and productive employment and decent work for all, including those with disabilities, along with equal pay for work of equal value.  It aims to eliminate forced labour, slavery, and human trafficking.   
What can you do?  Shop local; Promote education and training; Support community activities; Increase aid for developing countries; Improve resource efficiency in consumption and production; Support local entrepreneurship and creativity.  Act Local – Think Global.


20th May

SDG 7:  Affordable & Clean Energy

Sustainable Development Goal 7 seeks to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.  13% of the global population still lacks access to modern electricity. 3 billion people rely on wood, coal, charcoal or animal waste for cooking and heating.  Energy is the dominant contributor to climate change, accounting for almost 60% of total global greenhouse gas emissions. Indoor air pollution from using combustible fuels for household energy causes millions of deaths annually.
What can we do:  Adopt energy-saving measures; Reduce our reliance on fossil fuels; Take steps to increase our use of renewable energy; Educate ourselves on the world wide efforts to achieve affordable and clean energy.  Act Local – Think Global.

This week (17th – 23rd May) is National Volunteering Week to celebrate all things volunteering. This year’s theme is ‘Small Actions, Big Impact.’  Volunteers do fantastic work throughout the length and breadth of the country, giving their time to help a not-for-profit activity. One of the better known benefits of volunteering is the impact on the community. In Birdhill, we can truly say that volunteers are the glue that holds the community together.  We applaud the many volunteers who drive local organisations, provide activities for us to enjoy and work to ensure a better tomorrow for current and future generations.


Plean Bee

Deaglán Ó Mocháin advises us all that TG4 will broadcast a documentary on Thursday 20th May at 9.30pm to mark “World Bee Day 2021.”  The documentary is called ‘Plean Bee’, and it focuses on how the All Ireland Pollinator Plan was designed to reverse pollinator decline across all of Ireland by mobilising individuals and communities to provide pollinator friendly habitats in window boxes, gardens, sports clubs, farmland, roadside verges, hedgerows – anywhere really that could provide food and shelter for our wide range of pollinators, and the critical work they do in pollinating crops, flowers and trees.  Here is a short trailer of the film documentary:  https://u.pcloud.link/publink/show?code=XZUMM1XZGozo1g3RGghAFHVk6nyYYhMPFpbX

Fitness Bootcamp
See attached flyer with details of a 4 week outdoor fitness boot camp to be held at Birdhill F.C.’s new grounds, commencing on 22nd May.


13th May

Resurfacing Pollagh Road
It is planned to carry out some remedial work in the Pollaghs on Saturday 15th, commencing at 10.00am. The road has deteriorated over the winter months, posing difficulties for all users. Can you spare an hour or two to help fill potholes on this much-loved amenity? Bring a shovel, rake or yard-brush.
A recent application to have the Pollagh Road tarred under a County Council Local Improvement Scheme was approved. However, the local contribution required makes the project prohibitive. The proposal will be shelved for now, but there are further possibilities which may be pursued at the end of the year.

SDG 6Sustainable Development Goal  6 seeks to ensure access to water and sanitation for all.  Water scarcity affects more than 40% of the world’s population.  One in three people live without sanitation. 80% of wastewater goes into waterways without adequate treatment.  We can improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimising release of hazardous chemicals and materials. We can promote good hygiene, implement rainwater harvesting systems, support Trócaire and other development charities, use reusable cups and bottles. etc.  Act Local – Think Global.


1921 – 2021
2021 is the centenary of a momentous year in Irish history. We commemorate the struggle for freedom in our little memorial on the approach to the village (picture attached). The dove represents the peace which we now enjoy due to the efforts of our ancestors. We are called on to foster and nurture the spirit of peace in our community and throughout the world.

Sustainable Gardening Course
Tipperary County Council Environment and Climate Action Department will be delivering an Online Sustainable Gardening Course for biodiversity by Aoife Munn. 
This 5 week course covers; Reducing your waste, Wildflower areas, Planting for pollinators, growing your own veg and much more. To get a place on the course you must be available for all 5 sessions. Each session lasts one hour and will be from 10am to 11am on Wednesday 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd  and 30th of June.  The course will be delivered online and is free of charge. There are limited places available on the course and booking is essential. People should only register for the course if they can commit to attending all of the sessions.  Please find link for course:  https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/tipperary-sustainable-gardening-course-registration-151461093207


8th May

Paint a Stone Competition
Congratulations and well done to all students who participated in the Birdhill Tidy towns ‘Paint a Stone’ competition. The standard of work was impressive, and the students used their brilliant creativity to convey the message that we must all save water all of the time.
Winners were:
Group 1: Junior Infants, Senior Infants and 1st class:   Charlotte Ryan
Group 2: 2nd class and 3rd class:   Grace Whelton
Group 3: 4th class, 5th class and 6th class:  Eric Bates

See accompanying pictures attached of winners and their entries

















Generation Tech:  Support for Digital Connections for over 65yrs

Generation Tech would like to bring your attention to a volunteer digital engagement support service for over 65+ – it is a helpline to support older people with digital engagement.  They help with Tablets, Phones, PCs, software, other hardware, and facilities such as Alexa, Google Assistant, broadband, Skype routers, Wi-Fi and any other IT issues.
Anyone aged 65+ on the island of Ireland can access the service and it is free of charge.  No-one will be asked for any personal details such as access to their bank details, cards etc.  During a help session, it may be necessary to install a support tool, but that can be uninstalled, and the caller is encouraged to do so, immediately after the call
For further information and support contact Generation Tech directly @  01-9633288
For further information see  https://www.tipperarycoco.ie/community-and-economic-development/volunteer-tech-helpline-older-people-cocooning-ireland


Be Summer Ready 2021
The Government of Ireland recently launched the ‘Be Summer-Ready’ campaign to provide information on issues that may affect the general public this summer. During summer months, more people visit the countryside, engage in outdoor pursuits and visit family farms.  This year, there is a particular focus on water safety as Ireland’s waterways and beaches become very popular in the summer. Sadly, this can lead to associated risks including drowning accidents.  So  everyone is asked to ‘be alert to water safety’. For More tips and information at: Be Summer Ready Campaign


Know Your Locality

The Irish Archaeology Field School are delighted to offer a FREE* online course that will take you step-by-step through the available online sources that will allow you to paint a picture of the geological, archaeological, and historical events that happened close to where you live.  The course will be delivered through five online tutorials every Tuesday and Thursday over two and a half weeks commencing Thursday 13th May 2021. We will begin by looking at the very bedrock under your feet, examining the geological processes and glacial events that shaped the landscape and formed the soils. The course then focuses on the impacts of humans on that landscape over time, from pre-history to the last century.
The course will also outline how these skills can be used to make your own submission to the ‘KnowYour5k’ initiative by the Heritage Council and National Museum of Ireland. Gathering these submissions for your county is a key outcome of the course.
* Supported by Tipperary County Council (Heritage Office) and the Heritage Council.   You can register through the following link:  https://iafs.ie/know-your-locality-tipperary-may-2021/


Sustainable Development Goal 5 aims to achieve gender equality and to end all discrimination against women and girls.  Gender bias is undermining our social fabric and devalues all of us. It is not just a human rights issue; it is a tremendous waste of the world’s human potential. By denying women equal rights, we deny half the population a chance to live life at its fullest. Political, economic and social equality for women will benefit all the world’s citizens. Together we can eradicate prejudice and work for equal rights and respect for all.

Act Local – Think Global


30th April

Park Development
Work in Birdhill Community Park has commenced and is progressing well. It had been hoped that access to the Park would be permitted at weekends. Unfortunately, for health and safety reasons, the Park will remain closed until work is completed.


Health & Fitness
The Workshop Health & Fitness Studio is a new venture established by a group of young Birdhill entrepreneurs. Currently, they have an online class that may be of interest to you. 
Do you want to improve your balance, coordination, posture and overall strength while helping prevent injury in the process?  Pilates is  a great way to exercise for all levels and benefits your body in many ways. The Workshop Health & Fitness are running online Pilates classes every Sunday at 10am with Tracy, a very experienced and qualified instructor. 
Why not join us on Sunday May 2nd and try it out for yourself.
Contact Conor on 0862489794 or email: theworkshopnewport@gmail.com to get involved
SDG 4:  Quality Education
Sustainable Development Goal number 4 seeks to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.  Nearly one fifth of the world’s children aged 5 to 12 years are not in school and more than half of all children and adolescents worldwide are not meeting minimum proficiency standards in reading and mathematics. What can we do?  Share our knowledge and skills; Support funding for education; promote reading and numeracy; promote equality of access to education for all, etc.   Act Local – Think Global
Nature Tip:   Create Wildlife Corridors
Most creatures don’t like open spaces, so creating corridors of long grass or foliage for them to hide and providing gaps through fences will help them move around more freely. Check out this website to help encourage wildlife into your garden: https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/nature-on-your-doorstep/garden-activities/createnaturehighwaysandbyways/

23rd April

Closing of Park

Work in Birdhill Community Park is due to commence on Monday 26th April. The Park will be closed for approx 2 weeks while the work is ongoing. It will be open on Saturdays and Sundays. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Gardening & Literacy
Get gardening with your children. Grow literacy and gardening skills together. Sign up for a weekly one hour learning experience. See attached flyer for details of course by Tipperary Education and Training Board.
Arts Office Newsletter
Click here to see copy of Tipperary County Council’s Arts Office newsletter for April.
SDG 3:  Good Health & Well-Being
We can all work to ensure healthy lives and promote the well-being of all ages through a combination of physical, social, intellectual and emotional actions.   Avail of the many local walks, trails and amenities. Become involved in local activities. Volunteer for involvement in community organisations. Advocate for the promotion of good health habits and the prevention of substance-abuse. Connect with your community.  Act Local – Think Global.

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.
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?
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.
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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 
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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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
– 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


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.

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.

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!)

       -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


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.

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
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
Tidy Towns Newsletter
Click here to read the National Tidy Towns newsletter for March

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.
Ten things to do in the garden
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.
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!

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.
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.


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.
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?

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.
Click here to see Copy of Parish Accounts for 2020  _________________________________________________________________________________________________

27th February

Winning Essay
Congratulations to Brett Fitzpatrick who was the winner in our recent Essay Competition. Click here to read his essay.

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
Nature, Creativity & Recycling
Some simple easy-to-make Bird Feeders
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.
Click here to read the February Tidy Towns Newsletter.

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.


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


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 


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/


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

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


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.  


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

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.

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


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


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


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 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.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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

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.


Farming For Nature
Follow this link to read the first ‘Farming For Nature’ Newsletter of 2021:  https://sh1.sendinblue.com/adbf4phc1ht7e.html?t=1609794184
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 
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.
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.
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.

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.
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
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
Recipe for Our Times 19
It;s a Fact 95
There are more living things in a teaspoon of soil than there are people on Earth.

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.
Recipe for Our Times 18
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.