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!