Killeen Marks National Tree Week By Officially Opening Coillte Forest Park In Limerick

Mr. Tony Killeen, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food with responsibility for forestry, today officially opened Coillte Forest Park, Curragh Chase, where facilities have been upgraded under a Fáilte Ireland Project.

[ClickPress, Mon Mar 02 2009] The upgrading of the Coillte Forest Park at Curragh Chase, located just 33km southwest of Limerick City, was co-funded equally by Fáilte Ireland, Limerick County Council and Coillte.

Thanking the three bodies for their joint efforts in making the Forest Park in Curragh Chase available to the general public in such good condition and with such facilities, the Minister of State commented on the positive contribution such facilities can make to the health and well being of the local communities.

Minister of State Killeen also mentioned that it was particularly appropriate that the official opening was taking place during National Tree Week.

He continued, “While the Tree Council is promoting awareness of trees all year round, a specific week designated as National Tree Week gives us the opportunity to highlight such wonderful recreational facilities as Coillte Forest Park, Curragh Chase”.

Commenting on the theme of this year’s National Tree Week ‘Our trees our Culture’, the Minister of State pointed out, “Trees are part and parcel of our culture, featuring in mythology, placenames, sculpture, poetry, song and literature. For example, the earliest form of writing in Ireland was Ogham, a tree alphabet, which had twenty letters, each corresponding to one of our native species. Another example of trees being part of our heritage and culture is the use of ash in hurls for hurling and camogie, making it an integral part of one of our national games and culture”.

The Clare T.D. commented that Curragh Chase Forest Park had a lot to offer visitors and concluded by wishing continued success to the historic park.

As part of the official opening, Minister of State Killeen planted a tree to mark the occasion and also to celebrate National Tree Week.


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