Council sideline Allotments   Leave a comment

Local campaigner for Limerick Allotments,Trish Forde-Brennan has criticised the lack of vision shown by Limerick County Council in planning for allotments for the county. In its July meeting it was stated:

The level of expressed interest in allotments on public land has been low.Community and Enterprise Section has received 6 expressions of interest for allotments since Sept 2008.Read the rest of this entry »


Posted October 1, 2010 by John Dawson in Events, Press Releases

October GIY meeting   Leave a comment

The October meeting of the Limerick GIY group will be on Tuesday 26th October at 18-00, in the Savoy, Henry Street

Posted September 29, 2010 by John Dawson in Meetings

Claiming Our Future   Leave a comment

Inaugural Limerick Meeting: Tuesday 12th October at 6:30 in Killoran House, Catherine Place, Limerick (Mandate office)

Day long Dublin session Saturday 30th October in the RDS; full details on website

Posted September 28, 2010 by John Dawson in Events

Horticulture Minister Ciaran Cuffe promotes organic week 13th – 19th September 2010   Leave a comment

Minister of State with special responsibility for Horticulture, Ciaran Cuffe will attend a series of events next week to promote National Organic Week 2010. Members of the media are invited to attend the following events:

  1. 1pm: Sunday 12 Sept: Portumna Organic Picnic. Over 2,000 people are expected to attend the picnic at Portumna Forest Park, Galway. The event, aimed at families, will showcase local Irish organic production, through demonstrations, markets, workshops and a food showcase.
  2. Monday 13 Sept: Minister Cuffe visits Caviston’s Food Emporium, 58/59 Glasthule Road, Sandycove, Co. Dublin,at 12pm and The Organic Supermarket 22 Main St. Blackrock, Dublin at 3pm.
  3. 12pm: Tuesday 14 Sept: Minister Cuffe presents the National Organic Awards, at Bord Bia Food Centre, Clanwilliam Court, Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2. The awards aim to recognise the achievements and raise the profile of Irish organic food and drink manufacturers and growers.
  4. 9.45am: Thursday 16 Sept: Official address to Teagasc Organic Farming Conference, County Arms Hotel, Birr, Co. Offaly. The conference, titled Challenges and Opportunities for Organic Producers, features a host of speakers and workshops.

Posted September 10, 2010 by John Dawson in Events

Jim Cronin GIY course   Leave a comment

Jim Cronin is running his growing course again this autumn; website

Posted August 25, 2010 by John Dawson in Events

Allotment Update   Leave a comment

I recently met the Mayoress, Maria Byrne who committed to facilitating a meeting with city council to discuss putting a plan in place which would look at unused or derelict sites and identify how best they could be used. This would open up the possibility of Community Gardens, Allotments and Sustainable Communities. Today, I again contacted the Mayor’s office to get this meeting. Time is passing and people are eager to see real action not just talk.

For those living within the county authority and again reminded them that by late spring this year they would know more about what possible land might be available from completed road schemes. This is a slim option for site provision as there will be issues around entry/exit points to and from roads. Dara McGuigan has informed me that a report is being compiled for the councillors re the feasibility of providing allotments to people. We need to track this and make our voices heard. I am convinced that the council believes demand for sites is small so please contact me if you are interested in availing of an allotment site either within the city or county. It is now or never for those of us who wish to grow our own.

Trish Forde-Brennan – email – Tel: 087 6799 483

Posted August 17, 2010 by John Dawson in Allotment News

Allotment Sites   Leave a comment

We had a meeting with officials from Limerick County Council to identify possible site provision and to make the council aware of the information we had gathered. It was a worthwhile meeting because we learned that while land may be available in West Limerick possible sites located close to the suburbs was problematic. There may be small pockets of land free when the National Roads Authority has completed road projects. The timeline identified for when this could be ascertained is the end of spring 2010. Even if land is available for allotments, exit and entry points could be an issue due to the location of such land. This timeline is now up and we are again recommencing our campaign.

 Privately, sites are available in Annacotty and Murroe. We have contact details and information on these so if anyone is interested please email us and we will forward information to you. In the city there are disused sites which could be transformed into community gardens and allotment sites. Our next step is the setting up of a blogsite: “Limerick Allotments” to promote the campaign and to give advice to those who are growing fruit and vegetables or who would love to try.

Posted July 2, 2010 by John Dawson in Allotment News