Harvesting like long ago at Carnew

By Dan Walsh

Autumnal days on the farm like long ago will be compressed into Heritage Day tomorrow (Sunday) and Carnew Heritage Club have left no stone unturned in organising an action-packed afternoon on the lands opposite Candy’s Store in the village.

Topping the bill will be the presence of Martin Austin, Chairman of the club founded in 2005 with a current membership of about twenty, with Kevin Doran and Billy Molloy practicing their horse ploughing skills a few days ahead of participation in the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, Co. Laois

AUDIO ADDITION; Martin Austin, Chairman of Carnew Heritage Day, tells Dan Walsh about the horse ploughing event.

Starting at 1pm with all the usual events, cutting of barley with vintage combines, vintage balers and ploughing demonstrations, sheep shearing, flail threshing (two men with sticks and the oldest form of harvesting), trade stands and small local pop up businesses (if you would like to enter you can do so on Facebook), kids games and mobile zoo, threshing mill working on the day, tractor splitting team demonstration, horse shoe throwing run by local man Ned Travers, and a static display of pre-1970s cars and tractors.

There is also entertainment on the field. Dancing with Declan is back and music by Jack Keogh from 2-3pm and Stacey Breen 3-5pm. And sure, maybe a few others will sing a song or strum an instrument as field entertainment has become a major part of outdoor events in recent years.

Horse Ploughing at the National Ploughing Championships at Fenagh, Co. Carlow in September 2019 (Pic; Dan Walsh)

The organisers are ready to receive a large attendance. Weather forecast is for a dry afternoon with temperatures 16-17 degrees, so that’s a pleasant September day. Admission is €10 for adults, teenagers €5, children free.

Carnew Heritage Day is also a fundraiser. Proceeds towards Friends of local people with MS and South Wicklow Hospice.

Tirlán becomes the new brand

JOHN MURPHY, Chairman, “We can all look forward to seeing our Tirlán branding rolled out in our production facilities, on our fleet of tankers and in our retail branches in the weeks and months ahead.”

By Dan Walsh

Shareholders in Glanbia Co-operative Society Limited (“Glanbia Co-op”) have voted overwhelmingly in favour of changing its name to “Tirlán Co-operative Society Limited” at yesterday’s (Thursday), Special General Meeting (SGM) in Kilkenny, Glanbia Co-op will now transition to its new identity over the coming months.

The vote follows the Co-op’s agreement with Glanbia plc last year to acquire the full ownership of the dairy and grain operating business, formerly known as Glanbia Ireland and now trading under Tirlán.

As a result of the transaction, Glanbia Co-op and its businesses were required to transition to a new name. Glanbia plc will retain its current name. Both organisations operate as separate entities.

Combining the Irish words ‘Tír’ for land and ‘Lán’ for full, Tirlán stands for ‘Land of Abundance’ and represents the deep connection and relationship between the Co-op, its people and the land they nurture together to farm and sustain.

John Murphy, Chairman of Tirlán, said: “I’m delighted that our shareholders have given a resounding vote in favour of adopting our new identity Tirlán. We have received a hugely positive endorsement from our customers in Ireland and overseas, our suppliers and our employees.

“This is a historic day in the evolution of our Co-op. Today’s vote marks a key step on our journey as a united organisation under a single name that is working to deliver for our farmers and our communities.

“We can all look forward to seeing our Tirlán branding rolled out in our production facilities, on our fleet of tankers and in our retail branches in the weeks and months ahead.”

Tirlán is a world-class food and nutrition co-operative, with a diverse portfolio of quality ingredients, leading consumer and agri brands. From its base in the south-east of Ireland, Tirlán sources its high-quality dairy and grains from a network of over 6,000 farm families who are at the heart of the business.

Tirlán’s portfolio includes many of Ireland’s best known and most loved Irish dairy brands, such as Avonmore, Kilmeaden, Premier, Wexford and international brands such as GAIN Animal Nutrition, Truly Grass Fed, Millac and Solmiko nutritional milk proteins.

As a co-operative, Tirlán is 100% farmer-owned, with 11 high-tech processing facilities, 52 agri-branches and over 2,100 employees. Sales revenue this year is forecast to exceed €3 billion.

13,000 litres of wine seized at Rosslare

By Dan Walsh

Revenue officers seized approximately 13,000 litres of wine at Rosslare Europort yesterday (Wednesday) following the search of a French registered truck that had disembarked a ferry from Cherbourg, France.

The smuggled alcohol, had an estimated retail value of more than €158,000, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of over €84,000. 

Investigation into the seizure is ongoing.

The seizures are part of Revenue’s ongoing operations targeting the shadow economy and smuggling. If businesses, or members of the public, have any information regarding smuggling, they can contact Revenue in confidence on Confidential Phone Number 1800 295 295.

Wexford in the mood for the Fleadh!

By Dan Walsh at Wexford County Council meeting

Wexford’s determined bid to host Fleadh Cheol na h-Éireann in the town soon was endorsed by members at Monday’s monthly meeting of Wexford County Council.

Wexford’s famous BULL RING a natural environment for jigs and reels, dancing and lilting should Fleadh Cheol na hÉireann come to Wexford any year soon.

Cathaoirleach Cllr George Lawlor feels the outcome of the bid for the Fleadh should be known in the first quarter of 2023.

Cllr Ger Carthy supported the bid to deliver the Fleadh with a large investment in 2024 or 2025!

Cllr Jackser Owens remembered the All-Ireland Fleadh coming to Enniscorthy in 1999 and 2000 and it was a great success, and he supports Wexford town on this one.

Cllr Davy Hynes is forecasting “the massive amount of money it would bring in.”

CEO Tom Enright believes the Fleadh would be “a huge economic and cultural venture” and vowed to support Comhaltás, half a million people attend the Fleadh each year. “We have to demonstrate we can support the event,” concluded Mr Enright. 

Launch of Sustainable Development Week

By Dan Walsh

European Sustainable Development Week (ESDW) was officially launched by An Cathaoirleach, Wexford County Council, Cllr George Lawlor and Cllr Mary Farrell, Chair of the Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment Strategic Policy Committee at County Hall, Wexford.

Cllr George Lawlor, Cathaoirleach, said; “I am delighted to officially launch Sustainable Development Week and for County Wexford to be part of this European wide initiative. This week is all about promoting all types of events that promote sustainability. Everyone is encouraged to take part from individuals to communities and tidy towns groups to businesses. We can all play our part in a more sustainable society.”
Cllr Mary Farrell said; “Many community groups have already taken the lead in promoting more sustainable activities through beach and town clean ups and reducing our waste and use of plastics. I would encourage all groups and individuals to get involved.” 
Clare Kelly, Climate Officer with Wexford County Council, stated; “There are a range of interesting presentations and outdoor activities organised to address the themes outlined in the goals. We are very fortunate in county Wexford to have enthusiastic voluntary groups including sustainable energy communities who are all working towards a more sustainable future.”

Launch of European Sustainable Development Week at County Hall (Pic; Wexford County Council)

It takes place from September 18th to October 8th with the main core of activities from September 20-26th September and will link to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 
The Sustainable Development Goals are interlinked goal to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice.  European Sustainable Development Week is a European-wide initiative to promote and make visible activities, projects, and events that encourage sustainable development. 
To view the full programme of events taking place please visit www.esdw.eu

New Ross delegation to California

By Dan Walsh

A delegation from New Ross Municipal District is to travel to Danville to attend the Eugene O’Neill Festival from September 16th-22nd following approval by a majority of members at Monday’s meeting of Wexford County Council held at Carricklawn, Wexford.

Some members were totally opposed to the trip and indicated they would be voting against it although it was no reflection on the delegates personally. Cllr Diarmuid Devereux failed to understand why a delegation was travelling to a festival launch in California when the event was happening in New Ross?

Cllr Tom Forde spoke against the proposal, Cllr Cathal Byrne felt “we should cut our cloth to measure” and felt the time wasn’t right and Cllr Jim Codd wondered about the trip “at a time when people can barely heat their houses and deserved more benefits.”

Cllr Davy Hynes was against at a time of “a housing crisis and a cost of living crisis”, and Cllr Jackser Owens was against at a time “when Minister Ryan wants people not to put up lights at Christmas.” Cllr Bridín Murphy felt the timing wasn’t right “as people are facing into Christmas.”

Cllr John Fleming approved the project. Cllr Pat Barden pointed out that four people were going to Danville and 60 people are coming back, and maybe a 100 next year.

Cllr Pip Breen told the meeting; “We should speculate to accumulate; the delegates should go.” Cllr Michael Sheehan said that more than 60 people would spend a few days in New Ross and he felt “the economic advantage would be overwhelming.”

Cllr Michael Whelan understood the benefits to New Ross and he proposed that the delegation should go. Cllr Barden seconded. Cllr Carty stated there was money in the budget for the current year.

CEO Tom Enright said it was in the Council’s interest to develop economic and cultural links and recalled a trip to Savannah in 2014 and how that has developed successfully. “It is the right thing to do,” said Mr Enright, who concluded “Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water. There will be a return over and above the cost.”

24-hour protest at housing crisis

CLLRS TOM FORDE (Sinn Féin), JIM CODD (Aontú) and DAVY HYNES (Independent) added their support to the 24-hour camp-style protest outside Wexford County Council headquarters at Carricklawn, Wexford, today.

By Dan Walsh

About thirty people braved a yellow rain weather warning at a camp style 24-hour protest, co-ordinated by the local branch of Sinn Féin, at the entrance to Wexford County Council headquarters at Carricklawn, in protest at the ‘housing crisis’ in Co. Wexford.

The protest began at midnight and coincided with today’s monthly meeting of Wexford County Council where the housing situation was on the agenda. It ends later tonight (Monday)

Cllr Tom Forde told WexfordLocal.com the purpose of the 24-hour protest is to send “a clear message to the Minister that it is not acceptable that we are in a crisis now and every emergency needs an emergency response to it. We are asking for measures to address the housing crisis and we are also asking the Minister to respond to the numerous invitations sent to him over the last two years unanimously from Wexford County Council and asking him to attend a meeting of Wexford County Council so we can raise these concerns directly to him.”

This morning Sinn Féin’s Deputy Johnny Mythen visited people at the camp and commended them on their support as he claimed; “nobody seems to be listening and the housing situation has to change.”

At the meeting it was clear that all councillors are ‘generally nervous’ around the housing situation and there was a particularly strong representation from Cllrs Lisa McDonald and Ger Carthy who were united in calling for urgent action in the Rosslare District.

Cllr Michael Sheehan asked for the discussion on housing to be deferred, while Cllr Davy Hynes wondered when the Minister for Housing was coming to a meeting. Cllr Sheehan asked if the Minister had been formally invited and several members were in favour of seeing a copy of the invite to the Minister!

Officials poured out facts and figures and answered members questions regards delays to schemes and progress in housing, but the mood in the chamber wasn’t convinced that the Housing for All policy is delivering as efficiently as demand grows and rents are swirling out of control.

AUDIO ADDITION; CLLR TOM FORDE talks to DAN WALSH at the 24-hour protest at Carricklawn, Wexford, today.

There were also references to the Local Property Tax which should be agreed at the October meeting?

Signals emanating from a Corporate Policy Group meeting held last Monday indicate that a majority of members are in favour of retaining the 10% top-up tax applied to the base level LPT in past years.

At today’s meeting Cllr Joe Sullivan said he would be “opposing the 10% tax increase” Cllr Sullivan told WexfordLocal.com; “Although I have very little support from the government parties in the stance I am taking in this matter, I do feel it represents the views of the people who elected me and others to Wexford County Council.”

Meanwhile, Wexford Sinn Féin members are set to reject an increase to the LPT. Cllr Tom Forde confirmed to WexfordLocal.com; “The Sinn Féin stance on the Local Property Tax is that we want it abolished. We think it is an unfair tax. It needs reform in its current standard, so I plan on voting against any increase at the next County Council meeting in October.”

3 rescued after yacht engine failed

Three people were rescued by Kilmore Quay RNLI this morning (Monday) after their yacht experienced engine failure 30 miles off the Wexford coast. (Pic; RNLI/Elaine Walsh).

By Dan Walsh

Three people were rescued by Kilmore Quay RNLI this morning (Monday) after their becalmed yacht experienced engine failure 30 miles off the Wexford coast.

The call came via a request from the Irish Coast Guard shortly after 9am. Weather conditions at the time were fair, with some fog, light winds and calm seas.

The conditions prevented the crew of the 10.5 metre yacht from using sail power. The subsequent engine failure meant the yacht was becalmed and unable to move.

The lifeboat under Coxswain Philip Walsh with five crew members onboard immediately launched and made its way to the scene 30 miles south of Kilmore Quay arriving at 11.11am. 

The lifeboat crew checked that all onboard the yacht were safe and well before assessing the situation with the vessel. A decision was made to establish a towline and return to the nearest port, which was Kilmore Quay. The passage back to port with the vessel under tow took just over three and a half hours.

Arriving back in the harbour at 2.50pm, the casualty vessel was secured alongside the marina assisted by the Kilmore Quay unit of the Irish Coast Guard. The lifeboat returned to its berth and was made ready for service again by the crew. 

Speaking following the call out, Kilmore Quay RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager John Grace, said; “Even the best maintained equipment can have unexpected problems, which is why it is so important to carry a means of communication when heading out to sea. If you find yourself in difficulty, or you see someone in trouble, on or near the water, call the Coast Guard on 112 or 999.”

Gorey rural water supply progress

By Dan Walsh

The new Water Treatment Plant and Reservoir at Ballyminaun Hill, located south of Gorey, will ensure the communities of Gorey, Riverchapel and Courtown have a more abundant and safer water supply into the future.

Denise Treacy, Irish Water’s Infrastructure Delivery Regional Delivery Lead told WexfordLocal.com this morning; “I am thrilled that we are nearly at completion stage on this project. It is such an important project for the rural community of Gorey and the surrounding areas and will really strengthen the water supply for the residents and businesses.”

NOVEMBER 2019. Turning the sod at Ballyminaun Hill was the Minister Eoghan Murphy. Also in the photo James Browne TD, Senator Malcolm Byrne, Michael D’Arcy TD, Verona Murphy TD and officials at Irish Water.

The sod was turned on the green field site back in November 2019 and significant work has taken place to bring the project to fruition. The supply now boasts a new 8,000 m3/day Water Treatment Plant, a 7,400m3 Storage Reservoirs and incorporates 13 new and refurbished boreholes into the supply arrangement. In addition to the onsite developments, construction of 2.8km of water mains was also carried out.

Ms Treacy added; “It’s important to reflect on the benefits this project will bring to the communities and businesses in the area. It will increase the quantity of water being supplied to Gorey, Courtown, Riverchapel and the surrounding areas and will support current and future growth. It also provides enhanced storage facilities increasing security of supply and will also ensure enhanced monitoring and control facilities of the Gorey Rural Water Supply Scheme. As we all know from previous issues experienced on the urban scheme, this is a real positive.”

Also speaking about the milestone was Wexford County Council’s Director of Services, Eamonn Hore; “The upgrade of the Gorey Rural Water Supply Scheme provides security of water supply now and into the future in the thriving Gorey Kilmuckridge District.  The project benefits domestic and commercial consumers as well as supporting tourism in the sunny Southeast. Wexford County Council warmly welcomes the additional resource of the Ballyminaun treatment plant and storage reservoirs for the area.”

SEPTEMBER 2022 – Ballyminaun Water Treatment Plant (Pic; Irish Water).

Visitors to the site will notice the swathes of wildflowers dotted across the undulating hills of the site. This forms part of Irish Water’s Biodiversity Action Plan. Biodiversity protection is a key part of Irish Water’s Biodiversity and Sustainability Policies. Irish Water are committed to complying with all relevant environmental legislation, at both European and national levels. Irish Water has developed a number of overarching strategies for conserving, enhancing and working with the natural environment.

Irish Water is responsible for the delivery of all public water and wastewater services in Ireland.

John Hegarty to become Wexford football manager

By Dan Walsh

In a statement on social media “Wexford GAA are delighted to announce that we will be proposing John Hegarty as our new Senior Football Manager for ratification at the September County Committee Meeting.”

JOHN HEGARTY was Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council 2017-18.

Hogan Stand is reporting that former Wexford star John Hegarty is set to take over the reins as the county’s senior football manager.
Wexford GAA have confirmed that the Kilanerin clubman’s name will be put forward for ratification at a county board meeting on Tuesday week.
Hegarty, who made 105 appearances during his Wexford senior playing career between 1995 and 2006 and won a Railway Cup medal with Leinster as well as six Wexford SFC titles for Kilanerin, is currently in charge of county champions Shelmaliers.
He is set to succeed fellow Wexford man Shane Roche in the Model County hotseat following the latter’s decision to step down from the post in July.