Rotary Club Environmental Event

I am very pleased to be Environmental Officer in the three-year-old (this week!) Raheny Rotary Club. We are holding an event! Details below;

Dear Friends, fellow Rotarians and Family,

You may have heard that we are running a fundraising event in collaboration with ‘Gloria Barnett’ a renowned ocean adventurer, scuba diver, film maker, scientist and educator.

A donation of €5 / €10 (1 ticket) to purchase a ticket from individuals would be greatly appreciated, we are also appealing to businesses for a larger donation of €100 (Advertised sponsor plus 5 invitees (5 tickets) or €200 (Advertised sponsor plus 10 invitees (10 tickets).  
Gloria Barnett will be storytelling of all of her adventures in a fundraising event for the Rotary Club of Raheny on the 8th of February @8:00pm 2021.

You can follow the Eventbrite link to make your donation and in turn purchase your tickets; 

If you would like to make a large donation, or a direct donation to the Rotary Club of Raheny, you can request our bank details directly via email from . Invoice / Receipt can be provided.

Thank you Ryan Tubridy for the mention on RTE radio and some other recent Press!

So exciting to be mentioned on the Ryan Tubridy show again this morning. It was a great thrill to be welcomed onto his show this time two years ago after the programme contacted me, having seen an article in the Irish Examiner about our Easy Treesie – Crann project.

Here is what he said; ” Good morning all, this is Ryan Tubridy with you on Friday morning at three minutes past nine…the date being the 22nd of January 2021. A lot of talk yesterday of the 21st day of the 21st hour of the 21st …you’ve a lot of 21s yesterday, according to a number of people, including my own 21-year old. (Laughs). Hey, how depressing was “Morning Ireland” today? Honest to goodness, I mean sometimes I (laughs ruefully) …their job is so hard and they do it so well, to deliver the news; and I listen to it. To me it’s the show of record when it comes to wanting to know the facts and I was listening in to it this morning and my shoulders dropped with every hour, every minute; because it does seem that the lockdown’s pretty bleak and the outlook’s pretty bleak….well anyway that is that, this is now; we are going to try and distract ourselves for the month of January.

It started by accident; I said I’d drop in a couple of papers to my mother on the way into work so I drop into an early opening shop and buy a couple of papers – amn’t I great – but the point of the story is that this morning I went down to grab the two papers…she likes a few tabloids, you get a nice mix of a bit of relief from all the madness but also getting the proper news in the middle of it as well. I’m a fan of the tabloids, as you know. And so I dropped those in but this morning I was walking along, I should say and birdsong was so beautiful…the birds were singing a little then they would normally have done in the last month or so and the sky is brightening a little earlier on, so this morning I’m endeavouring to build on the green shoots theme, that’ll get us out of the grimness of what we’ve just been hearing for the last couple of hours and maybe try and take us into something a little bit more hopeful. In fact the birdsong was so intense this morning that I thought to myself, “I want to share it with the listeners in case they don’t live near a tree, you know; and don’t live in a forest. But there were trees around. And I said, God, they are up early. So obviously I recorded a bit of it on my phone and I’m going to share it with you and if you can name that bird – good luck” . And Ryan shared the recording he’d made of the birdsong!

He continues. “Pretty isn’t it? Isn’t that a nice thing. I mean a lot of people like myself particularly kind of fell back in love with nature when the pandemic started and certainly that sound is so glorious – I couldn’t tell you what I’m listening to but it’s very nice. We might try and ask a man who does know – I’d like to know because they’re obviously just garden birds. I’d be curious to know what the story is with that…

Anyway; dropped the papers into “the mother”. And because I don’t see her, because I’m trying to encourage her to stay in and have a cup of tea in the morning with the paper I just leave them on the doorstep and I spirit myself away. This morning she’d left a gorgeous thing. it was an envelope with photographs of all the children in the family, from Christmas a year ago as a little gift for me. I thought, “What a nice thing to do”. Because it’s a difficult time, all you want to do is…be a little…now I don’t want to make myself out to be a hero with my papers because my sisters do more than I would ever be willing to admit to. As I always say to my sisters, “If you need anything done, call someone else”, you know and that’s the joke but it’s the true story in some ways.

Crann – Ireland’s Tree Magazine is a beautiful thing too so thank you to Marguerite Arbuthnot-O Brien who very kindly sent me a lovely letter about it, and the magazine and their annual calendar which is equally as nice. I mentioned the Birdwatch Ireland calender but their calendar is also quite gorgeous and it showcases the photography of tree lovers around the country and beautiful trees! There’s one from Blarney Castle Gardens in Cork, I’ve never heard of, but it just looks so beautiful; and Craughwood in Mahon in County Waterford which I think is our Jack’s part of the world, Jack Murphy. Water’s Edge, Lough Bray in County Wicklow. “Hawthorn Haze”, Little Curragh, County Kildare beautiful parts of Ireland… It’s just if you want a beautiful calendar and support Crann Irelan that’s one way of going about it. “

You can hear the podcast of this on this link;

It’s all about the love! Join our Valentine’s Day TedxCrannTreesforIreland Circle

It’s St. Valentine’s Day so it’s all about love! We’re going to launch a conversation around the now world-renowned Amanda Gorman’s poem, (the young poet who read at the Joe Biden Inauguration, link here;

“Earthrise”, shown at the TedxCountdown launch and her recent TED talk.


. Hear out own Earthrise poem, written by children in North Dublin and set to music.

5.30 p.m.; bring a nice red drink!

Hi, I hope you can join my next TED Circle on 2021-02-14! Here are the details:

Our TedxCircle; Words for 2021!

Women’s Christmas; this was the event we celebrated at our recent TedxCircle; I first heard of this celebration as a schoolgirl – an event where women relaxed after all the hard work of the Christmas celebrations by gathering together to eat cake! I instantly liked the notion; Epiphany was marked at home in those days in our house with the arduous task of putting the Christmas decorations back in the attic. I much preferred this notion of ending the 12 days of the holidays with a party. Over the years I have gathered together my women friends to mark the occasion over goodies and a warm drink. This year with Covid restrictions in place, a virtual event seemed the thing; in terms of a theme, Ingrid Fetell Lee’s talk, “Joy and Where to Find It”, one of my favourite TED talks seemed appropriate as a starting point at a time where Joy has been elusive for many. I had intended to make it public but the idea of the Tedx Circle is a small-group conversation with an optimum of around 15 guests. My guest list filled up so fast that there was no room for a public call out this time. Maybe next year we can run a few at a time! Or a sequence! Who does not love a party!

Now what has this to do with trees and climate change? Wellness of course; the reason we are planting the trees with my project and all the similar ones is to improve the health and happiness of all who live on the planet. So it seemed like a good idea to live some of that happiness and to discuss how best to experience more for the fun!

A Word for 2021 was the challenge posed by one of our company, inspired by a podcast by Tonya Lee. This year this Women’s Christmas became an International gathering – what joy indeed; being online meant we could widen the net!

Here are the words we came up with, many of them with joy in the theme! Sometimes it was more than one word, it is simply a question to get you thinking!

Niamh circulated a list of Arts Events for January, deeming the Arts a central starting point for a dose of Joy.

Here were the Words of 2021 we listed– instead of resolutions – ; Joyful, Joy, Easy, Hopeful, (Dóchas in Irish), Kind, Toleration, Freedom to hear/listen, Free, Freedom (from stress, worry, strings, obstacles) / from Covid – With immunity comes Freedom to help, to sit and talk to people, to go to funerals –) Compassionate, Compassion, Wisdom, Humanitarian, Sensual, Community, Hugge (Margaret made it up; like Hygge but meaning lots of hugs and company), Hearthy (also made up, derives from the word hearth, thank you Ev), yummy, playful, Ginandtonicky, (another new one, thank you Aileen) Delivering, delivery… (“in the context of being in the last quarter of their lives they say…making sure I get the things I want to do done…”) – this from a man. Women’s Christmas can be about your feminine side!

As the month wore on, I asked a few more friends who had not been present to come up with a word.

From Karen; Resigned. Mind you her first one was “Armageddon” but I explained it is ideally an adjective. From Canqi; “Embrace Uncertainty; Love the life you live, Live the life you love”. And from Rosemary; Kind again, to include being Kind to Yourself! Thanks to all who contributed to our discussion. To be continued!

Have you a word for our list?

Watch “Virtual hugs bring light to locations across the country” on YouTube

A {{{Virtual Hug}}} to all our #TreePlanters on Hugging day! We are certainly going to enjoy getting back to hugging whenever that will be. It has been nearly a year for so many; I have not hugged my children in that time or their partners; they are grown up but what a great thing it will be when we can go back to our planting parties again! I was talking to Andy Smith the other day who organised over 240 children to our Planting Party in Listowel before the lockdown, Lord; I said our next one may be somewhat smaller once restrictions permit but I am not sure he shares my idea of small-is-beautiful for a workshop. We await developments!

“The Best Social Innovations in Ireland”; that’s us! Thank you Rethink Ireland!

Oh my goodness! Believe it or not there is not a lot of time around the #TreeHouse to be hanging out on Facebook; we are #gettingthingsdone apace ; it is after all the #plantingseason. Hmm, yes we do post, it is the virtual #shopwindow and how #handy it is, it’s true and of course it is #fun. Our motto is #stoptalkingstartplanting but as our dear Tree Council of Ireland president @EannaNiLamhna says, we still have to tell people what we are doing. And after all pictures tell a thousand words; then film must tell even more! However we are filling out a survey this morning for our great supporters Rethink Ireland…and their supporters…and just came across their mission; I quote”Our mission is to provide growth capital and supports to the best social innovations in Ireland, enabling them to scale and maximise their impact.”,THANK YOU Rethink Ireland ! What a complement! This means our Easy Treesie project is (I repeat) considered one of “the best social innovations in Ireland”!#treecheers for us and all of our many #friends and #followers! Have a lovely weekend remembering our other motto; #safetyfunandlearning !

P.S.; Thank you @RTE #Nationwide for mentioning all our #treeplanting in @Shankill Dublin this week! It’s looking good! Almost 20,000 trees planted by Crann Board member Diarmuid McAree and his Shankill Tidy Towns Trees for All team! Thanks especially to all of the children who came out to plant!