Join us at the Red Stables tomorrow for a stroll around the Dublin Tree Trail and an apple-tree ceremony!


Saturday 18th and 25th May at 11 and at 12 noon; 45 minutes long event

Meet at the start of the Dublin Tree trail, just to the left of the Red Stables as you look at the courtyard.

We are planting apple trees in the City Farm as part of this tour, in a little ceremony to launch their woodland orchard garden! Join Orla Farrell, creator of the Irish Tree Trail film series and founder of Ireland’s easy treesie – Crann project for a little walk along the Dublin Tree Trail. We will have a chat about the dozen or so native trees we will meet. This walk forms part of the UN-backed world wide trillion tree initiative by Plant-for-the-Planet. Ireland’s children have planted 15,008 trees in parks and on public lands all over the country with this project. The goal; to plant 1 million by 2023 with Ireland’s million school children. Learn about how we have planted trees on public lands like Malahide Castle Demesne, Newbridge House Demesne, Tolka River Valley Park, on roadsides and even in hospitals. We will meet at the start of the Tree Trail seen in the picture, which is between the Red Stables (just to the left as you face the courtyard) and the children’s playground. Car parking available at the Red Stables or on Mount Prospect Avenue, Clontarf or on All Saints’ Road, Raheny. The walk is suitable for wheelchairs and buggies apart from one area with short grass which can be skipped. A raincoat is recommended as the event will take place rain or shine.




Cork children can take a bow heading into National Biodiversity Week, they are setting an un-bee-lievable example as they round off their successful season of tree planting. This week they will add Fermoy’s 560 new trees to the U.N.-backed “Plant-for-the-Planet” trillion tree initiative with an avenue of ten Lime Trees on Fermoy’s Link Road.


The collapse of insect and wildlife has been in the news this week due to the report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services issued in Paris on May 6th.  “Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history – and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts on people around the world now likely”, warned this landmark publication. Children have shown their concern in weekly Friday protests following the call to action of Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg. Tidy Towns leader Ken Barry paid tribute to his tree-mendous team who have been supporting local school children in their desire to protect their planet and provide for nature solutions making provision for Biological Diversity.



The planting parties this week with Bishop Murphy and Gaelscoil de hÍde schoolchildren will be preceded by a presentation by Orla Farrell, Easy Treesie project founder on the importance of tree planting for capturing carbon dioxide, insulating against sounds of traffic and managing drought and flooding.  Cork County Council is supporting this workshop for the children so that they will understand the importance of nurturing our young trees and cherishing the mature ones.  President Michael D. Higgins is patron of the charity Crann – Trees for Ireland which supports this children’s global environmental initiative.


“What a great pleasure to be back in Cork planting an avenue of lovely limes on the approach road to Gaelscoil de hÍde.”, said Orla, a member of the “Crann – Trees for Ireland” board.  This variety was specially selected by the Fermoy Beekeepers who sponsored the first two in the series, planted for National Tree Week as the school children worked away on 550 trees on Corrin Hill with the Fermoy Tidy Towns volunteers. The “Earth Day” 4 limes were planted on Easter Monday- sponsored by Peadar Collins of the Irish Tree Center in local Kildorrery (who incidentally has already planted 1,000 trees in the town of Fermoy!) Peadar is also proud to be a director of Crann – Trees for Ireland. “The easy treesie – Crann project is delighted to be sponsoring the final lime trees on the Avenue. We are also preparing for World Environment Day in June which highlights the importance of tackling air pollution; what better way than by trapping traffic fuel emissions with deciduous leaves, a tested solution to clean the air and make Fermoy even more beautiful!”, said Orla. The location of the Avenue is on the Link Road (opposite Texaco) on the Cork road at the south side of Fermoy. “Cork children have been an inspiration”, says Orla “After our amazing time with Scoil Clochar Mhuire Carrigtwohill who invited RTE’s Today Show to join our Harper’s Island Wetland Centre project we have managed to reach 15,024 trees planted by children! We will be matching the trees on this avenue through our joint SymmeTREE initiative with an equivalent amount of trees through Bill Liao of Cork’s superb


The native trees on Corrin Hill are being supplemented in Fermoy by the lime trees which are known for their grandeur and beauty as well as their ability to be able to live to the ripe old age of 1,000 years and beyond. This species has nativized in Ireland over the centuries. This season’s varieties have been selected to make provision for Fermoy’s future climate and to ensure resilience as several of our native species such as the Ash and Elm have had to be struck from the planting list due to disease.


Local schools work hard to maintain their International Green Flag status and this initiative will help towards retaining these awards as well as making progress towards continuing Fermoy’s Tidy Towns and IBAL success.  “It is a pleasure to work with children and their community to enhance this magnificent town”, said Orla who is a teacher and regular visitor to Fermoy with fond memories of childhood summers spent at her mother, Brid Kenneally’s home in Castlehyde. “We are delighted to be affording these children the chance to be stewards of their own local environment, as part of a countrywide wave of planting with children this week, from Cork to Carlingford Lough” she said.  The easy treesie- Crann project team extends an invitation to local volunteers including parents and grandparents of the school children who wish to join them on the day to assist.




Editor’s note:


The “Easy Treesie” initiative is part of the UN sponsored “Plant-for-the-Planet” programme inspired by teacher and Nobel Laureate Wangari Mathai and aims to plant 1 trillion trees globally.


Children in over 100 countries have come together to tackle climate change through the symbolic and practical means of planting a tree in their locality.


Further information on the initiative may be found at .


INQUIRIES: Orla Farrell +35386 874 7054 and


Orla delighted to promote children planting trees to Mr. Mícheál Martin at the Bloom festival and below, our great day out with Scoil Clochar Mhuire and RTÉ.

We are planting today 25/04 at St. Luke’s, Rathgar Road, 12.30 – 1 p.m.

I am thrilled to be off to the Rathgar Road today to do some planting. I have such happy memories of attending my first school there on that same road, the famous Miss Carr’s; running in with my older brother every morning past the glorious trees planted in front of the school on either side, then after school going to the swings in Palmerston Park under the shade of the wonderful canopy which is still one of the great and elegant city parks of Dublin. Looking forward to our ceremonial planting today! This is one of the trees on the preferred list for planting today; a Hawthorn. Magic, of course, we love a bit of magic. However it may be a different species, we shall report. I am so looking forward to seeing the tree, chosen by the gardener Audrey at the hospital which is part of the James’ Hospital campus; she has selected it specially for the site. We always leave this to the experts!  The school children are all on holiday however the staff have located one to help us today! It is great to be invited along to take part in the hospital’s “Green Day of Action”.

This is the third hospital on our list of planting sites in the easy treesie – Crann  project this season; Dr. Steeven’s, Clontarf Orthopaedic and St. Luke’s (thought the first venue is now an administrative centre). Our project also has links through Rotary and our Forest Friends with the Mater children’s garden and two sensory gardens in the Wheelchair Association and one under development in Kilbarrack. A green vista has long been accepted as a route to faster patient recovery times.

Well done St. James’s Hospital team at St. Luke’s and our other friends in the HSE. And thank you by the way for training my niece Colette who recently qualified as theatre nurse in St. James’s. I presented her with my late mother’s badge, I was so proud we have another nurse in the family.  Her grandmother was a nurse-midwife, how lucky we are with the great tradition of medicine in Ireland and thank you to all who care for us when we need help!




Planting an avenue of bee-friendly limes with Fermoy Tidy Towns

Our Earth Day celebration was an ecumenical event; nice of Marisa of the Global Catholic Climate Movement to get in touch and for offering to publish a few lines about our answer to the call on Earth Day to plant a tree! Well the easy treesie – Crann, Trees for Ireland project has gone one better; we planted 4 large trees on Earth Day with the help of the local community. The Beekeepers made a start for us – Lime is a favourite tree of the bees. Because of Confirmation Day, the local school children couldn’t join us yet to do the last 4 but they have been busy during tree week already, crowning (or crann-ing; Crann is the Irish word for Tree) the local hill of Corrin, the plan is that we will finish the avenue off with them once the schools re-open tomorrow, the dates are to be confirmed.


Our planting parties always include a treat; on Monday it was Easter Bunnies and Hot Cross Buns, with copies of our magazine for the Tidy Towns Library. And thanks to them for sponsoring our very welcome coffee at the Texaco with more goodies! Planting is after all hungry work. Not many children were free to join us on Monday but we had a visit from a local baby and his parents, they came specially to the celebration; we hope they get to admire the avenue for years and years (Limes can live over 1,000 years!).


So take a bow Fermoy. 556 trees planted by the people of Fermoy with four to go; tackling Climate Change and beautifying Fermoy even more!

Hi everybody; updating the date here, we have re-scheduled the second part of our Lime Tree Planting for Earth Day, 22nd April which is Easter Monday. Hope you can make it! 3 p.m. on the Link Road at Texaco, bring the children! We are actually going to have 3 nice big limes on either side of the road by half three or so tomorrow. Looking forward to it!

So yes, time for a rest really, with the bare root season all sorted, all the saplings and whips safely planted; Cousin Mary has this new easy chair, tempting to sit down and relax. So another postcard from this week is the stunning cherry blossom around Clontarf seen here at St. John the Baptist Church of Ireland, Seafield Road.  And the last one, what glorious bluebells on a front lawn we spotted, out for our regular evening walk with the same cousin on Thursday. My daughters positively had it raining Easter eggs at the weekend, posed them here on my gorgeous oak table for you to admire, in a charming sugarbowl that used to belong to my late mother in law; it’s nice to find it at daffodil-time. So all choclated-up, time to get cracking on our planting of Great Big Trees. We are off in the morning to the great county of Cork. 
Great to be heading back to Cork to round off Tree Council of Ireland Tree Week tomorrow; this time to Irish Businesses Against Litter- Cleanest Town Fermoy , WELL DONE!
We are to plant an avenue of bee-friendly limes (thanks to the beekeepers who started it off on Sunday;) to finish off the Tidy Towns Corrin planting in fine style with 6th class from Bishop Murphy Memorial school, McCurtain Street; thanks to fellow Crann – Trees for Ireland board member Peadar of Irish Tree Center for donating the trees to the town for the children to plant; his 1,000 trees already planted around the town look brilliant when I saw them at Christmas; so great to have an excuse to visit Fermoy where I spent all my childhood summers playing under the trees at my grandmother’s, Kenneally’s at Castle Hyde farm…I am looking forward to a Silver Pail ice cream looking over the Blackwater for sure! I found a picture of myself with my oldest friend, Jody, sitting in the Farm Yard leaning against the warm stone wall in the sun. We used to sit on my mother’s old navy nurse’s cape which was made of some great heavy fabric the ants would not crawl through- Brid trained in Fermoy hospital – a good example of using old things which of course was what everyone did all the time back then. I know the date of this photo because I am wearing my crimplene confirmation dress, it did not feel as good as that nurse’s cape.  
On Friday Minister Richard Bruton TD who presented Fermoy with their award will be joining us back in Clontarf to plant trees with Belgrove Senior Boys School and Belgrove Senior Girls’ School in the school grounds and Clontarf Hospital. Tree-mendous. And I haven’t even mentioned the Ransboro, Sligo planting party yesterday; we were in Yeats country of course; 9 native trees, soon to be followed by 9 bean rows and a hive for the honey bee all looked down on by Queen Maedhbh on Knocknarea. What a GREAT Poe-Tree TREE athalon we had there too, too hard to TREEage the literature into Poetry/Story/Drama, as some of our Flashiest Fiction is in a class of its own! LitTREEture on a business card, it will catch on!

Great to be at the Kilkenny Education Centre today!


What a tree-t to be kicking off the summer term at Kilkenny Education Centre by planting a pair of “Family” miniature apple trees.

I first met director Margaret Maxwell at the conference of directors of the country’s network of education centres two years ago, when they invited me to showcase our project in Glasnevin. What a dynamic group they are; on the very day we arranged a ceremonial tree planting in Tralee, with the late Prof. John Coolahan and his grandchildren attending Tarbert N.S. This directly lead to our recent planting party involving 270 children in Listowel planting 420 trees this April.


I had a chat with Margaret a few weeks later and we put together a plan to work together with the County Council Heritage Officer and Kilkenny County Childhood Committee about biodiversity plans and resources. So here we are; just before the season ends we are planting in Goresbridge and Dukes Meadows, making a start on a new phase of planting by having this pair of trees in pots all lined up for the new term. Let’s hope it gains tree-action!

Great to be heading back to Kilkenny tomorrow…

Really enjoyed the rekkie last September at the Rotary Conference – where our club received a citation for all of our tree and other good works! And a previous rekkie at the Dept. Climate Conversations. So now it is down to work, planting tomorrow.


 In the wind up to Earth Day next Monday, we are adding to Kilkenny’s 400 apple trees planted for their 400th anniversary, plus the 300 planted by Kilkenny school children last week in Loughboy for tree week in Goresbridge (2.00 p.m.) and Kilkenny City – The Location is Dukesmeadows, Bennettsbridge Rd., Kilkenny ! Yes we are planting apple trees again. No Orla not Juice Meadows; Dukesmeadows! Looking forward to celebrating the success of the recent Tree Week events especially the tree giveaway with Shiela Nunan and Andrea Cleere, both candidates in the upcoming elections in the Pembroke Hotel, Parliament Street afterwards around 8, maybe with a local apple juice!


I found these great pictures of the Lyrath, Kilkenny when I was looking for photos I had from inside Notre Dame, which is still smouldering tonight and probably will be for days. They say the gothic vaulted ceilings were inspired by the great forests. Trees in Ireland no longer have the height they had, you have only to look at the dugout canoe in the national museum; we do not allow them grow that old anymore. I would say it is true about the inspiration, the pillars remind one of great strong trees with a canopy for a roof.


We were fortunate enough to be able to bring the children there, to Mass when they were very young. Our son, when we were walking around looking at the wood carvings started to cry. He was about five and had seen the wood carving of the Massacre of the Innocents. It made such a strong impression on him, I am sure that what had been intended by the artists, targeting their art at a congregation who didn’t read either, hundreds of years earlier. I had never imagined Notre Dame going up in flames. I am glad I went in there for Mass only about two years ago, when Owen had business in Paris and I had been able to go too. I hadn’t thought it would not always be there. It was a sublime event; a sunny day outside lit up the glass with such vivid clarity, the gloom of the interior with the heavy incense sitting in wisps on the air , flickering candles lent warmth and a waxy smoke, ancient fragrances connecting us with the past. Throngs of tourists watched the worshippers respectfully, curious and interested, hushed by the vaulted roof. How on earth had they built this? What a wonderful place to be, in out of the Paris winter cold or summer heat in a moderated place, sound hushed and muted, chairs of straw to rest jaded feet, stone slabs where you could without being noticed slip off a shoe and cool the soles in the gloom.


We don’t imagine either that global warming will cause fires in places we love; or floods. It is happening though, last year’s drought may have had an effect on the fires in Kerry two weeks ago. Was there enough prevention for fire in Notre Dame? Are we doing enough to protect from global warming? Maybe we won’t know. In the meantime, I for one am focusing on prevention by planting trees. The future can unfold in ways we don’t expect. I am glad they declare a rebuild. We know it can never be the same. Let us at least take any lessons we can from this sad moment.