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National Tree Week

The launch of (Monday, 7 March 2016) of ESB Tree Week 2016 at Mountshannon Harbour was marked with the symbolic planting of Seven Trees for the Seven Signatories of 1916.

The trees have been gifted to Mountshannon Tidy Towns Committee in recognition of their award as overall winners of the Tidy Towns Competition in 1981.

The event was hosted by Clare County Council, in conjunction with National Tidy Towns, the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government, the Deptartment of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, the Tree Council of Ireland and the Clare 1916 Steering Committee.

A similar tree planting ceremony will take place in Ennis.

"As our National Tree, the Sessile Oak trees are a gift to the local community and will serve as a connection between our country’s past and our hopes for the future," said Cllr Michael Begley, Cathaoirleach of the Municipal District of Killaloe.

Cllr Pat Hayes, said the seven Sessile Oak trees than been planted in Mountshannon and will be planted in Ennis l "will serve as a permanent reminder of the 1916 Rising and the seven signatories to the Proclamation."

He added, "These trees recognise the huge contribution Tidy Towns committees have made to towns and villages across the country. TidyTowns committees have been pioneers in making their towns liveable, vibrant and green communities for nearly sixty years and it is great to see that their efforts are being recognised at this important juncture in our history.”

To celebrate ESB Tree Week meanwhile, Clare County Council in conjunction with the Tree Council of Ireland are making young native trees available free to Community Groups for planting in public open spaces.

For further information on National Tree Week visit www.treecouncil.ie.

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Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 08/03/16