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As we move with hope into Phase 1 of our government’s Road Map to reopening Ireland, there is much to celebrate this month of May. Not only do we see the flora and fauna around us beginning to flourish, we also give a nod to our wonderful pollinators with World Bee day on the 20th May. The main purpose of this event is to spread awareness of the significance of bees and other pollinators for our survival.
This year, we are delighted to be working in conjunction with Clonmel Tidy Towns who have very generously supplied us with packs of Irish wildflower seeds for our bespoke ‘seed banks’. These banks have been placed in the Bank of Ireland, the Post Office and in Clonmel Credit Union. All are welcome to take an envelope of seeds to plant in their garden and enjoy, while providing essential flowers for our pollinators.
Although Clonmel Tidy Towns aren’t able to get out and about, they are still busy bees behind the scenes with their social media sites engaging with local community, giving tips on various nature topics and sharing tit bits of local history. They are even running regular quizzes for a bit of fun, and it’s great to be able to see so many gorgeous pictures of Clonmel popping up, especially for those who can’t make it outside at the moment. Be sure to give them a follow on Facebook or Instagram.
We are delighted to see the continued success of Neighbourfood Clonmel, a virtual weekly farmers market recently established in Irishtown. Hosted by Shannon Forrest (of glorious food truck Rivesci), the market is run out of St Mary’s Parish Hall. This simple yet ingenious idea was brought about by Cork man Jack Crotty and his business partner Martin Poucher and has now gone nationwide. All a shopper has to do is simply go to the website, browse the quality Tipperary produce on offer then place your order. Collection day is on a Thursday each week from 4pm to 6.30pm, and is completely safe and COVID compliant. This is a great way to support local food producers in the current climate and we look forward to seeing Neighbourfood running long into the future.
We would also like to give a mention to the Clonmel Junction Arts Festival and their virtual coffee morning for Poetry Day Ireland that took place on 30th April. Hosted by Eileen Acheson, the event featured beautiful music and poetry written and performed by local artists and poets. Excitingly, this recording has also been archived by the Tipperary Museum as part of their COVID-19 archives. We look forward to seeing what else is coming up for the Junction Arts Festival, and we would like to acknowledge all the hard work and initiative that festival director Cliona Maher and her team have put into Junction 2020 during this pandemic.
And finally, with the Big Applefest Bake Off taking place again this year, we just had to indulge in some recipe testing for Apple Pie day on the 13th. Seeing all the wonderful apple trees from our Adopt an Orchard Tree scheme along the Blueway bursting into life is getting our creative juices flowing! Be sure to get baking and perfecting your entries for September…