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Sunday 21 September 2014

McGuinness gives a hand to hedge laying

Published 15/10/2013 | 05:40

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Joe Gowran, from Drumcliffe, with MEP Mairead McGuinness at the All-Ireland Hedge Laying Championship.

MEP Mairead McGuinness recently congratulated the Hedge Laying Association of Ireland for nurturing hedge laying.

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The All-Ireland Hedge-Laying Championships took place in Kilmessan in county Meath.

Joe Gowran, from Drumcliff took part in the Contractor Class.

McGuinness praised the work of the organisers and competitors for keeping hedge laying alive.

The public also got the opportunity to see more about their work.

She said: "Hedge laying revives old hedges and gives them a renewed lease of life.

"Ireland has a dense patchwork of hedgerows planted over 100 years ago and many of the hedges are in need of maintenance work to extend their lifespan."

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