Last Saturday on a bright and sunny morning in Baltinglass, Pat Lee from Baltinglass was preparing for his drive to Krakow, Poland with a coach, and a car driven by Noel Doyle from Rathvilly, vehicles they would leave with couriers in Krakow and fly back to Ireland.
Mission Ukraine started with a spark of an idea that gathered momentum over the course of a few days. Following a conversation with one of our Ukrainian residents in Germaines whose husband is in charge of logistics in Ukraine transporting people out of the country to Poland, the need for vehicles was highlighted. Pat soon got to work and approached Ger Duffy about buying a coach. They came to a deal which amounted to a generous donation by Ger in support of the Ukrainian crisis. Pat went on to buy a car, through his own business. Though Pat was the instigator of this mission, he has received tremendous support from people everywhere and is keen to point out that Mission Ukraine is a community effort. Before leaving he had already received €8,000 in donations.
While talking to Pat people were arriving to donate money, clothes, and bottles of water to take with him on the bus. No doubt by the end of the day the bus was packed with donations of every kind. Pat talked about how he felt when the war broke out in Ukraine. Like so many, he wanted to go out there and fight alongside the Ukrainians. Instead, he took a more practical route, finding out what the need was and then seeking out the people who might be able to help. He did not have to look far.
Handing over the keys of the bus and car this week in Krakow will undoubtedly go some way towards quieting the urge to take up arms in Ukraine. Well done to Pat Lee and his wife Frances, his daughter Pippa and boyfriend Steven Heaslip, Kashka Jones, Ger Duffy, Noel Doyle, and Mary Hayes and many others who have been involved or donated towards Mission Ukraine.
Windfarm proposal rejected
Save Wicklow’s Ancient East (SWAE) and West Wicklow Wind Action Group (WWWAG) received the good news last week that An Bord Pleanála has rejected ABO’s appeal against Wicklow County Council’s refusal of planning permission for five (165m) wind turbines on Kilranelagh Hill.
After two years of campaigning, supported by people and organisations nationwide and indeed by people as far away as America and Australia, this is a very welcome decision by An Bord Pleanala.
The reasons given are stated in a letter dated May 11 focusing on the archaeological significance of the area: ‘It is considered that the proposed development, by itself and by the precedent it would set, would result in significant physical and visual impacts on the heritage and archaeology of the area and on the archaeological landscape of the area, and would materially contravene the objectives of the development plan. The proposed development would, therefore, be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area’.
Another consideration by the Bord was the proximity of the proposed wind turbines to Coolmoney camp affecting the ability of the Irish Air Corp to operate its aircraft in the air firing range and the larger training area in the Glen of Imaal: ‘In this regard, it is considered that the proposed development would endanger or interfere with the safety of aircraft or the safe and efficient navigation thereof and would, therefore, be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.’
Though delighted with the decision, SWAE and WWWAG remain concerned about the ad hoc nature of the planning process and its lack of transparency, and they will be keeping a watchful eye on any future threats to the heritage and culture of West Wicklow. They would like to sincerely thank and congratulate everyone who made the effort to have their say to protect the archeologically significant Hillfort complex and Kilranelagh graveyard itself. Well done to both organisations and to everyone involved. A great result.
Miles for Margaret
The Connolly family from Carrigeen will be taking to the road again this year to raise funds in remembrance of their dear sister Margaret Connolly who passed away two years ago after returning from the US. Rose, Jacqui, and Mick Connolly and other family members have committed to run 5 half marathons over 5 days from June 4-8. This year they will be splitting the funds raised between Baltinglass Tidy Towns and Carlow Hospice. They want to thank Baltinglass Tidy Towns for keeping the town looking great and they also want to remember a friend of the family who recently passed away from Carlow Hospice, Mrs. Eithne Condon.
If you would like to donate towards this local fundraiser you can log on to their gofundme page: https://gofund.me/bac2de76
Car boot sale
The first of the monthly Kiltegan car boot sales for the summer will take place this coming Saturday, May 21. The car boot sales run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month thereafter. Stall holders can set up from 8 a.m.
These are always enjoyable, social occasions with a chance to have a cup of tea and a chat, while picking up great bargains too. For anyone who wants to sell their preloved treasures the cost is €10 per car and €15 per van. Phone Robert on 085 2573139 for more details.
Music in Timmins
Double Up are due to play in Timmins bar, Baltinglass on Sunday, May 29 and Saturday, June 4. Time to get your dancing shoes on and join in the craic.
Were you on the Ballytore Road near Baltinglass last Saturday evening, May 14 between 5.45 p.m. and 6.15 p.m? Gardaí are investigating an incident involving a cyclist along this road. If you have any information or have any dashcam footage contact Baltinglass Gardaí at 059 6482610.
Baltinglass Outdoor Education Centre will be holding a Junior camp for 10 year olds to 12 year olds. Activities include: Kayaking, Archery, Orienteering, Climbing Tower, and Team Games. The dates of the Camp are as follows: July 18 – 22; July 25 – 29; Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day. The Fee is €150 per person. Participants must be 10 years or over and be able to swim. To Book Please Email email@example.com
Tearmann Community Garden will hold their annual Spring/Summer Celebration in the garden on Friday, May 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. On this day, groups who participate in the life of the garden come together to celebrate. They are inviting the public/local community to come along and join with them in this special celebration after a long absence.
Ladies Open Singles
Baltinglass Golf Club will hold the Ladies Open Singles Stableford on Thursday, May 19 2022, sponsored by Romie McGreal. Entry is €10 for members and €15 for visitors. To book your place log on to https://visitors.brsgolf.com/baltinglass/#/open-competitions.
Emma Hayden, the Area Organiser of Daffodil Day on behalf of the Irish Cancer Society wishes to acknowledge a cheque received by the Society of €16,000 (€288 from Lalor Centre and €15,712 from Daffodil Day).
She would like to thank all volunteers, Men’s Shed, Active Retirement, and individuals for their help in raising these funds.
She always wishes to acknowledge those in the community and surrounding areas who support this initiative so generously every year and for all the beautiful fresh daffodils donated to on the day. Sincere thanks to everyone.
We pass on our sympathy to the Nolan and Byrne families on the loss of Alice Nolan (née Byrne) from Hobartstown House, Castledermot and formerly Carrigeen, Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow, on Monday, May 9 last week.
Predeceased by her husband Patrick, Alice will be sadly missed by her family Anne, Mary, Bernie, James, Helen, Paddy, Caroline, Fionuala and Ailish, and her sisters Stasia and Phil, and all her extended family, relatives, friends and neighbours.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.