Clonakilty urged to plant a forest and take positive action against climate change

Posted on: 8th March, 2016

Category: Home, Garden & Environment

Contributor: West Cork People

On March 13, as part of National Tree Week, Clonakilty residents will have a chance to take positive action against climate change by getting involved in this year’s planting of trees at the new forest by Gullane Lake. Paul Cullen fills us in.

No one likes hearing doom and gloom; it’s hard to relate to all the talk of rising sea levels, global warming and increased flooding. However, after one of the wettest winters on record, it is not hard to see that climate change is very real and it is affecting all of us. We can feel powerless but that simply is not the case. We are all both part of the problem and of the solution.

One such solution is to plant more trees. Ireland has one of the lowest forest cover rates in the whole of Europe. Trees are great at absorbing emissions, therefore helping to undo some of the damage that we do by burning fossil fuels. As well as making our air cleaner, the ability of trees to absorb water helps to reduce flooding.

Many are aware of the work of Branch Out at Gullane Lake, close to the Technology Park in Clonakilty. Over the last three years the group has organised the planting of over 5,000 native Irish trees. Some of the trees planted in the first year are already over 8ft tall! With a lovely mixture of oak, beech, alder, birch and scots pine, the woodland is starting to take shape. In the near future it will be a fantastic place to go for a walk or a picnic but in the meantime there are more trees to be planted.

This year SWS Forestry and local nurseries have donated over 1,000 trees. Everybody is encouraged to come along and help; people can stay for the day or just plant one or two trees. Planting a small tree that will become a part of big woodland is a very satisfying thing to do – be part of the action!

Planting begins at 9am and continues throughout the day until 5pm. Parking is at the Clonakilty Technology Park. Please bring a garden spade and a high-visibility vest with you if you have them – some tools will also be available at the site. Refreshments will be provided for volunteers. Come along and play a part in creating a beautiful place for us and for our future generations.

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Submarines, American Sailors, and the Underwater War in Irish Waters, 1917-1918
by Dr John Borgonovo in The Parish Centre, Clonakilty
on Thursday Oct 26 2017 at 8.30 pm

In 1917, unrestricted submarine warfare by German U-boats brought the United States into WWI and created a crisis in Britain. To defeat the submarine menace, an American naval fleet was dispatched to County Cork, bringing about 10,000 sailors with it. This talk will explain the circumstances of this extraordinary event, and how Cork residents dealt with their unexpected American guests.

Dr John Borgonovo is a lecturer in the School of History at UCC. His publications include Spies, Informers, and the 'Anti-Sinn Féin' Society: The Intelligence War in Cork City, 1920-1921; The Dynamics of War and Revolution: Cork City, 1916-1918; Exercising a close vigilance over their daughters: Cork women, American sailors, and Catholic vigilantes, 1917-18; Something in the Nature of a Massacre: The Bandon Valley Killings Revisited (with Andy Bielenberg). His latest publication (with co-authors John Crowley, Donal Ó Drisceoil and Mike Murphy) is the highly acclaimed and magnificient Atlas of the Irish Revolution. In July of this year, he organised a very successful conference on Winning the Western Approaches - Unrestricted Submarine Warfare and the US Navy in Ireland 1917-1918.
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11th October, 2017  ·  

Apple Juicing Day in Clonakilty next Sunday Sept 30th. All welcome to bring their apples from 2-6pm to the Clonakilty Community Garden (on entrance road to Clonakilty Lodge).

Building on the success of its inaugural 2016 event, local voluntary environmental organisation Sustainable Clonakilty invites people to bring along their apples and press them to extract their own juice to take home, using the group's Apple Press.

Volunteers will be at hand to assist in the procedure. Bring along your apples washed; clean containers to freeze your juice (milk/juice bottles or cartons, plastic bottles with caps); clean, sterilised glass bottles to pasteurise with swing caps or suitable for 26 mm diameter metal cap.

A limited number of new 3 litres juice bags that are suitable for freezing and pasteurising, can be purchased for a nominal fee on the day also.

This is a free community event and donations will be welcome to cover costs.

For further information, please contact Xavier at xavierdubuisson@gmail.com or text at 086/0476124.
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