president elect of the GAA, Liam O’Neill returned to his roots last week where he joined Trumera GAA Club and children from Gaelscoil Thromaire to plant three trees to mark National Tree Week 2012.
In line with the week’s theme, ‘Trees, Our Past, Our Present and Our Future’, the trees were planted by the first ever Trumera club chairman, John Callaghan; by Liam O’Neill and the local school children The youngest community representative at the event, Tamara Callaghan is a grandaughter of John Callaghan.
The tree planting ceremony, which was organised by the GAA, represented the close links that CLG Trumera has with the school and the wider community. Speaking at the event, Liam O’Neill, who is also Gaelscoil Thromaire principal, said the school and the club were important.
“I am delighted to celebrate this tree planting event at my own club. The GAA club is the tie that binds the people of Trumera together. While the school is the anchor and the root of the community, the GAA club complements this by providing the identity for all who hail from Trumera”, he said.
This tree planting event was also attended by Castletown native Mary Keenan, who is executive director of the Tree Council, as well as Fintan Walsh representing the GAA, and representatives from Coillte who donated trees to CLG Trumera for their premises. The Coillte representatives were John O’Sullivan, Region Director, Richard Whelan, District Manager, Kevin Hutchinson and Pat Donnellan, Head of Coillte Nurseries.
This event at Trumera is one of about 300 events which took place during Tree week. National Tree Week is organised by the Tree Council of Ireland and supported by the Forest Service and Coillte who partner with the Tree Council for the supply and distribution of 15,000 trees which sent to community groups throughout the country.