President Elect of the GAA, Liam O’Neill, along with Mary Keenan, Executive Director of the Tree Council of Ireland, who hails from Castletown will get together at Trumera GAA Club, Mountrath on Tuesday March 6 to plant a tree for National Tree Week.
The tree planting will commemorate Liam O’Neill’s year of election as President of the GAA and will serve as a reminder to all in Trumera GAA, and those who visit it, of the great honour that was bestowed on their club when a fellow member became a National President.
National Tree Week is an annual, week-long festival celebrating all positive aspects of trees in our lives, and it is appropriate the President of the GAA should plant a tree given the huge role that trees and timber play week in week out on the hurling and rounders’ fields of Ireland.
National Tree Week will take place from 4-10 March 2012 and is organised by the Tree Council of Ireland. Tree Week is sponsored by the Forest Service and Coillte, who work in partnership with the Tree Council to facilitate the supply and distribution of over 15,000 trees which are delivered to community groups throughout Ireland.
During the week, over 300 events will take place throughout the country including forest and woodland walks, nature trails, workshops, woodturning displays, talks, tree hugging, tree climbing, broadcasts, launches, poetry readings, exhibitions, dramas and competitions. Tree Week and its events are intended to inspire people, young and old, to get out into the fresh air and, together, plant thousands of trees. National Tree Week provides an ideal opportunity for local authorities, tidy towns and community groups, schools, families and many others all over Ireland to do something positive for their local landscape.