Paying tribute to our native trees

Posted on: 9th March, 2018

Category: Home, Garden & Environment

Contributor: West Cork People

by Grant Jenkins, The Tree Company

With the loss of so many trees to the storms of the winter particularly Ophelia, National Tree Week this year, from March 4-11, is an important prompt to consider the losses and how we could replant. We must remind ourselves of the continuity of nature and ensure nature itself has not been pushed too far. Being positive about our native species and giving them space to grow is the very least we should all be actively seeking to uphold, so we can always have access to, find refuge in, be inspired by, wonder under, tell secrets to, weave through, swing beneath, whisper amongst, contemplate deeply within, the very special primeval environment that once covered this island – the trees!

To celebrate National tree week 2018 we pay tribute to the most iconic of our native trees: the Irish Oak, or Duir, as the old Irish druids called it, Quercus petraea the latin, the official national tree of Ireland. Symbolising strength, courage, wisdom and truth and much more to different peoples over the years, it is still thought lucky to catch a falling Oak leaf today. It can grow up to 40 feet tall and live for hundreds of years some suggest as long as a thousand, the Oaks’ grand structure secures its regal status amongst the other natives. When mature, these broadleaf trees become host to anything up to 400 species of fungi, insects, spiders, birds and small mammals too, a busy hub, a conduit for survival for so many.

Enjoy National Tree Week, as there is plenty going on to join in with or choose and plant a tree to commemorate your own occasion. We’ll be pleased to post any tree week activities up on our facebook page so do let us know what you are all up to. Have Fun!

If you need any further information regarding this article or indeed any other tree matters please get in touch with us at The Tree Company, Ballydehob, Co Cork or email us at or call our office on 028 37630.


The Regal Oaks

King of the Forest and Queen of the Woodland,
Statues of profound grasp and mastery.
Not gripping the earth but seizing it,

Running through it as veins.
Spread vast,

Though not fast.
Years have led the magnificent oaks to their grandeur and crowned splendour.
Pushing up to meet the vault of heaven and down,

Down through silt and layers of years and years that they themselves have lived.
Living through the now and spread thin down,

Down among antiquity,
Seeking more and all knowing,
Through summer haze and days of wailing winds blowing.
Creaks and groans,
Cranky at night,
Or perhaps the old monarchs exchange whispers then,
Great majesties of the moss and moon.
All of us folk,
A palms press away from an oak door opening its realms,
Unearthing clockworks.
These are relics indeed,
Lives lived.
All in these wondrous lives still living.

By Bethan Jenkins

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This Saturday the 10th March, will see some magically curious activity as local Bandon national schools compete in a Wizarding Harry Potter Quiz. The prize will be the beautiful Bandon Banshee Perpetual Cup.

As any Harry Potter enthusiast knows, Bandon has the unique honour of having a character named after the town. The Bandon Banshee, was referred to as the nemesis of Gilderoy Lockhart in the Chamber of Secrets. The book grossed €60 million in sales and was the 7th highest earning film of all time.

Locals, looking to enhance the town for young people, saw the quiz as an ideal way promote the connection. The universally absorbing book series brings young readers on a huge adventure of magic, adversity and triumph. It is also an exploration of loyalty and friendship, good and evil – so it is not only popular way to engage young people, it is a hugely positive connection.

Zoe Tennyson, one of the organisers said they were delighted with the response from schools who ran a qualifying quiz as part of World Book Day. On Saturday Bandon Town Hall will be transformed into Hogwarts Great Hall, with proceeds going Bandon Playground Group, and to cover costs of the event.

Bandon Books will be rewarding the winning team with vouchers to each of the five members. The Bandon Banshee, or Bean-sidhe na Bandaan Perpetual Cup will be hotly contested – but which school will the Banshee go to??

If you have any questions please call Marguerite McQuaid on 087 900 9494
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Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition 23 February 2018

The inaugural Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition will take place in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen this Friday 23rd February. As part of Engineers Week 2018, leaders and members of Ballineen Foróige Club have organised an exhibition which will showcase a diverse and exciting range of engineering projects that have been undertaken by members of the club over the last few weeks, with the aid of leaders and a number of local engineers.

With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

On the night itself, Michael Loftus, Head of Engineering at CIT, Fintan Goold, Manager at Eli Lilly and All-Ireland Cork winning Footballer, along with Geraldine Coughlan of GCA Architects & Designers, a local business, will act as judges on the night, evaluating the different engineering projects and offering some advice to the members of the club. Also in attendance will be the CEO of Foróige Seán Campbell, along with a number of local councillors, TD’s and Senators.

Leading the team of Ballineen Foróige leaders organising the event, is Rebecca Dwyer, a bioprocess engineer at Eli Lilly. Rebecca recently became a leader in the club and says that Ballineen Foróige Young Engineer Exhibition 2018 “promises to be a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for all involved and we look forward to welcoming parents, relatives, friends and members of the public to the exhibition and film screening on the evening of Friday 23rd February.” Overall, there are twelve projects entered in the exhibition. One project, led by Cian Kennefick and Charlie Nolan, members of the starting out club, examines the possibility of installing speed ramps on the road near local primary school. Fourteen-year-old Charlie says he got involved in the project as it was something to do and it gets you thinking. Cian says the most exciting part of the project was the building of the prototypes.

Both Cian and Charlie, along with thirty other members of the club will display their projects this coming Friday 23 February in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen. Doors open at 8pm and the event runs until 10pm. All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. Catering, including tea and coffee, will be provided on the night.
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Check out this new upbeat indie-folk track Edges, released today from Inni-K with a video by Myles O'Reilly. Inni-K will be performing at Levis’, Ballydehob on Saturday 24th February, with support from Sam Clague.
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