TO celebrate National Tree Week, Deputy Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Diarmuid Scully, has planted a ceremonial Mountain Ash in the courtyard of St Nessans Community College, Moylish.
In addition to this ceremonial tree, a further 200 saplings have been planted at Rathbane Golf Course to mark tree week in Limerick city. The aim of tree week is to highlight the importance of trees in our lives and surroundings and to promote increased planting, conservation and enjoyment of trees.
Speaking at St Nessans, Cllr Scully said: “I am delighted to plant this Mountain Ash. I know it will provide years of enjoyment for staff and students frequenting the school now and in the future.”
Eugene O Brien, principal, added: “St Nessan’s Community College are thrilled to be associated with National Tree Week and are honoured to have the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Diarmuid Scully perform the planting ceremony, assisted by our Green Flag committee. This highlights the importance of trees in our environment and will serve as a constant reminder as the tree grows and matures.”
Mountain Ash has a very significant place in Irish heritage. Before shedding in autumn, its leaves provide a vivid display of colours, including orange, red and brown.
From May to June, the Mountain Ash trees produce their summer clusters of creamy-white blooms, which on mature specimens can contain up to 250 flowers per cluster. The bright red berries are visible in September and October. The berries came in very useful and were used to dye cloth, make jellies and flavour the beverage mead.
The Celtic druids considered the Mountain Ash a lucky tree, its wood supposedly containing magical fire prevention properties when hung in a house.
The 200 saplings which have been planted on Rathbane Golf Course have been supplied by Coillte, sponsors of National Tree Week.