Tree Planting in Westport

Tree Planting in Westport
Michael Ring Minister of State for Tourism and Sport planting an oak tree in the Westport United Community Soccer grounds to mark ESB Tree Week in conjunction with The Tree Council of Ireland and Mayo County Council.  

President plants official tree at Áras an Uachtaráin

President plants official tree at Áras an Uachtaráin
On Tuesday, 3rd March President Michael D. Higgins and Sabina Higgins continued a tradition started by Douglas Hyde in 1939 by planting their official trees at Áras an Uachtaráin as part of ESB Tree Week. The President planted a blue cedar (cedrus atlantica glauca) on the main avenue and Sabina Higgins planted a Lebanese cedar (cedrus libani) on the opposite side of the avenue leading up to the official residence. President Higgins said today: “I am following the seventy six year old tradition of my predecessors, the former Presidents, who as occupants of Áras an Uachtaráin planted trees on the grounds. The tradition however dates back even further to Queen Victoria who planted the first official tree here on what is now known as the Queen’s Walk on her visit to the Vice-Regal lodge in 1853. I am delighted to participate in ESB Tree Week and encourage Irish people everywhere to plant trees and in so doing help to tackle climate change and provide cleaner air for all of us”. Over the years other well known dignitaries and visitors have planted trees at Áras an Uachtaráin. Pope John Paul II planted an oak on the lawn in front of the southern portico in 1979. Presidents John F Kennedy and Eamon de Valera both planted Wellingtonias on the grounds when the U.S. President visited on 27 June 1963. More recently Queen Elizabeth II and President Barack Obama both planted English oak trees at the Peace Bell during their visits to Ireland in May 2011 and former President McAleese planted an English oak alongside them before leaving office in November 2011....

New GAA President marks ESB Tree Week

New GAA President marks ESB Tree Week
  Pupils of the Downes primary school jumping for joy after two cedars are planted by Aogán O’ Fearghail, President of the GAA,  in the The Downes GAA club grounds on the 3rd March  ...

ESB Tree Week launched

ESB Tree Week launched
  Dr Matthew Jebb, Director of the National Botanic Gardens launched ESB Tree Week 2015 by planting a lime tree in the grounds of Castletown House on Sunday, 1st March