Biodiversity – March

Wicklow County Council recently organised a meeting in Ashford: “Let’s Get Buzzing! Community Actions for Biodiversity”. A range of presentations covering swifts (installing nest boxes to encourage nesting), biodiversity’s role in climate action, waterways and the all-Ireland pollinator plan informed all present of the immediacy of retaining our biodiversity. Leaving uncut grass; growing openpollinated flower varieties; maintaining corridors to connect habitat suitable for wildlife, clean water, fish passes; creating habitat for nesting solitary bees – it transpires that bumblebees and solitary bees are far more important for pollination than honey bees, so are essential for many of our crop foods. Daffodils, those wonderfully cheerful harbingers of spring, sadly are not pollinated by bees, so be sure to plant other spring flowers as well. The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan (available on-line) provides invaluable, detailed information regarding pollinators, for individuals, groups, townies, farmers – everyone. If we all do a little, a lot can be achieved: by providing the correct habitat, there will be more insects, which both pollinate our food and provide food for wildlife, enriching life all round.

Prayer Point March

Please pray for: * Strength to help those in need * Thankfulness for those, like St Patrick, who have passed on the Christian message to the next generation   * Forgiveness for those who have done us wrong and from those whom we have wronged * The elderly of the parish

Please also remember and give thanks for the faithful departed

Mothers’ Union March

On 16th March the parish Mothers’ Union branch members are invited to a Fun Night in Greystones with its branch. There will be a Mothers’ Union area service or meeting with Arklow on Wednesday 25th March. On 29th March members are encouraged to attend a service in St Patrick’s Cathedral at 3.15pm when the Worldwide President, Sheran Harper, will be the speaker.  For further details, please contact Jessica Clarke or Sally Smith.

Roland Evans

Roland Evans was a highly rated and much respected teacher in Nun’s Cross National School until about ten years ago. He has been suffering from an incurable disease and his wife, Annette, is also unwell.

Thanks are due to past pupils and parents of Nun’s Cross school for taking the initiative to organise a benefit evening of music and the spoken word in appreciation of Roland and Annette. This will take place in Nun’s Cross church on Saturday 18th April at 7.30pm. Tickets cost €20 and may be obtained from Valerie McHugh-Sharkey (086 8349885) or Tony Dunne (086 6014755).

The Hub

Following the successful re-opening of “the Hub” by the Archbishop and the favourable associated publicity in the Wicklow People, there has been a good response from customers.

Lesley Rue is now looking for additional volunteers, even if only for a few hours, with a view to the shop being open six days a week.

Irish Botanical Art Exhibition

Patricia Butler is curating an exhibition which will open in the National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square, D2 on Saturday, 7th March and run until June 21st.  The exhibition is called  Drawn from Nature. Irish Botanical Art.

Admission is free. This exhibition will trace the historical background relating to Irish Botanical Art and should be of great interest to members.