West Wicklow Wind Action Group
An extract of what was posted on social media by WWAG over the weekend:
“After more than two years, the fight to save Kilranelagh Hill from the destruction that would have resulted from the erection of a windfarm there, by the global conglomerate ABO, is over.
The proposal for the turbines was rejected first by Wicklow County Council and then by An Bord Pleanála, when ABO appealed the council’s decision. Since the deadline for ABO to challenge An Bord Pleanála in the courts has now passed, we can finally say that Kilranelagh has been saved.
The national and international archaeological treasure that is the Baltinglass Hillfort Complex, of which Kilranelagh is an essential part, will now be further protected too. It will be included in Wicklow County Council’s Red Zone, which covers most of the Wicklow Mountains, in the new county plan. It is unclear why an area of such importance, in terms of both heritage and environment, was excluded from the previous plan. The failure to recognise the significance of the hills around Baltinglass, as one of Ireland’s most important archaeological landscapes, resulted in the ABO planning application to erect wind turbines on a site of extraordinary historical sensitivity, a site which is an integral part of a whole ancient landscape.
We are grateful to Wicklow County Council for rectifying the situation, but there is a salutary warning. Without the relentless work of the local community in West Wicklow, in terms of time and energy and financial support over years, along with the commitment of many people outside the area and outside Ireland – from archaeologists and environmentalists to people who simply had a passionate love of Ireland – it is unlikely this battle would have been won.”
Well done to the group and to all who supported this campaign over the past two years. Coincidentially, this good news arrives during National Heritage Week.
National Heritage Week
National Heritage Week runs from Friday, August 13 to Sunday, August 21 and is an initiative of the Heritage Council, celebrating all things heritage. Since the pandemic there have been many digital as well as in-person events included which has broadened the scope of what is on offer.
On this side of Wicklow there will be a walk and talk led by Dr. Críostóir Mac Cárthaigh from the National Folklore Collection on Friday, August 19, focusing on exploring the cultural heritage features of Granamore Commonage in West Wicklow. The walk and talk will discuss the SUAS Project and habitat actions and explore the cultural heritage features and stories of the area including old ruins, lazy beds, grouse butts, a mass rock and local customs. Booking is essential as places are limited. Email Brian Dunne at email@example.com.
There is also an on-going project in Donard ‘Remembering history and heritage in Donard and the Glen of Imaal’ which is highlighted as part of National Heritage Week and run by the Donard Imaal History and Heritage Group. There will be an Open Day to the public on August 27 between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Donard Community Hall. This will be an exhibition of census records and photographs with a chance for you to bring in your own memorabilia for copies to be made to be kept in the archive for future generations.
Digital projects include an online 3-minute video by the Wicklow Barn Owl Group, a presentation about the Wicklow Community Archaeological Service helping communities to protect and conserve their local archaeological and cultural heritage sites (contact: +353872111153 or firstname.lastname@example.org) and a digital presentation by archivist Catherine Wright describing the collections held in the Wicklow County Archives Service, focusing on collections common to most local authority archives and discussing their usefulness as sources for research.
For further information on events taking place nationally log on to heritageweek.ie.
As part of Culture Night on Friday, September 23 Baltinglass musician, Mark Caplice will perform in Tinahely Arts Centre. Mark will be one of three music artists performing on the night, along with Layzee Gold and Sam Ali. Visual artist, Liing Heaney will also add to the multi-dimensional experience on the night with an animation of the townscape with projections from her CGI film exploring Tomnafinnoge Woods in a digital space.
Culture Night is an initiative of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and this event is supported by Wicklow County Arts Office.
You can book your place at www.courthousearts.ie/booking. Admission is free.
Baltinglass Art meeting
Baltinglass Art (BART) is a recently founded group of local artists and crafts people who have gathered to promote creativity in the community. The group is open to all forms of art with members consisting of musicians, photographers, writers, wood carvers, painters and more. The primary goal is to ensure that creativity is at the heart of the Baltinglass community, where it belongs. If you are interested in joining, you can call or text Dermot Burgess at 086 459 1005 or come along to the next meeting this coming Thursday, August 18 in Horans at 7 p.m.
Tea Room holidays
The Tea Room in Baltinglass will be closed from August 17 to August 31 as staff are on Annual Leave. Thank you for your continued support. We hope to see you all in the autumn.
Fresh, organic vegetables are on sale at Tearmann Community Garden. Beetroot, lettuce, scallions, onions, chard, kale, spinach, cabbage, herbs, carrots, eggs and lots more all picked fresh on the day. Come along Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 noon and take your pick of the freshest of vegetables straight from the ground to your table.
West Wicklow Community Employment based in The Green, Kiltegan have a vacancy for an Environmental Worker: Ref: #CES-2336096 for Baltinglass Tidy Towns, County Wicklow. To apply please contact your local Intreo Office or West Wicklow C E Scheme. 19.5 hours per week. Salary–Community Employment Rates This vacancy can only be filled by persons who are 21 years and over. For more information contact: 059 64 73 330 Mobile: 087 449 7731 / 087 140 4580 Email: email@example.com.
Bruno’s Takeaway closing
It is sad to see that Brunos Takeaway will be closing in Rathvilly after 15 years of serving fish and chips (and more) to the community. Bruno himself also served in Baltinglass, Tinahely and Carlow before that. The takeaway was open every day of the year except Christmas Day and it will be a great loss to the community. Bruno is taking early retirement after a long career in the food business.
The family thank all their customers over the years for supporting them. We wish Bruno the very best in his retirement.
Rathdangan Community Council will hold a 10k and 5k Run/Walk on the afternoon of Sunday, September 4. All proceeds will go to Baltinglass Hospital. Watch this space for more details.
Rampere Recycling Centre will have a mattress collection on Saturday, August 27 between 2.30 and 5 p.m. A hazardous waste collection takes place on Saturday, September 10 between 2.30 and 5 p.m. This collection includes domestic paints, garden pesticide and herbicide products, cleaning products and any other inflammable or toxic waste products.
The late Pat Blake RIP
We extend our sincere sympathy to the Blake family on the sudden death of Pat Blake on August 10 after a short illness. Pat was originally from Belfast and spent his life between Rathgorragh, Rathdangan and Kiltegan. He will be greatly missed by his wife Dina, sons Krish and Nimai, his brother Martin and sister-in-law Helen and all his extended family, relatives and friends.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.