Glin Development were disappointed recently to have to postpone the unveiling of the Ring Fort Native Tree Planting event at the Knights Walk. It was to have been a day of educational fun for the children of Glin and Ballyguiltenane National Schools. Some native Irish Oaks were to be planted at the site of what remains of an old Ring Fort located at the loop section of the walk. Catherine Fitzgerald of Glin Castle was to plant the first tree and tell the school children about the organisation, Bugs Bees and Native Trees. This organisation is dedicated to the importance of the protection of our environment, biodiversity and climate change through tree planting and other community initiatives. An Interpretative Board was to be placed at the entrance to the site, giving historical information about Ring Forts and the importance of preserving our history. Glin Development had also asked local man, Pat McSweeney, to create a Fairy House out of the stump of an old tree adjacent to the site. Pat has been working over the past few months, to create what is now a superb specimen of a Fairy House. It has magical qualities and you could indeed believe that the fairies have already taken up residence.
We were all disappointed the project did not go ahead as planned, but we look forward to rescheduling the event with the children of Glin and Ballyguiltenane National Schools in the coming months. We would encourage parents to take their children up to see the Fairy House, at the top of Lissy Highe(beginning of the loop) at the Knights Walk. We would also like to sincerely thank Pat McSweeny for creating a wonderful imaginative fairy house, and thank him for his time and excellent craftsmanship.