PROMINENT MUSICIANS, ACTORS AND POETS TO PERFORM IN AVONDALE WOODS ON SUNDAY APRIL 28TH
At the Wolf Tone statue in Stephen’s Green, Dublin today, the recently established, Natural Resources Protection Alliance and the Woodland League announced details of “A Walk in the Woods” – A major event to protest against government plans to sell the harvesting rights to Ireland’s public forestry. (Please see leaflet attached)
“A Walk in the Woods” will assemble at 1pm on Sunday April 28th in Avondale Forest Park, Rathdrum, Co Wicklow. A number of leading musicians, actors and poets will perform at the event including:
Christy Moore (Musician), Paddy Casey (Musician), Jeremy Irons (Actor), Sinead Cusack (Actor), Dave Lordan (Award winning poet), Brid Ni Neachtain (Actor), Denis Conway (Actor & Director, Oroboros Theatre Co.) & more.
The event will be addressed by Richard Boyd Barrett TD, (Natural Resources Alliance) Andrew St Ledger (Woodland League), Senator Fiach Mc Chongail, Catherine Murphy TD and a number of other environmental activists and politicians.
Avondale Forest Park, now a Coillte Forest, is the Birthplace of Charles Stuart Parnell but was also the birthplace of modern Irish Forestry, originally planted by a relative of Parnell’s, Samuel Hayes – an author and early champion of Irish forestry.
A “Walk in the Woods” will include a walk through the Avondale Forest Park, with songs, poems, readings and speeches about Ireland’s forest heritage.
The event has also been organised to coincide with the weekend of the “one million trees in one day” event which will take place on the same weekend to encourage public awareness about the importance of forestry.
The event organisers also intend to plant a native Irish Oak tree to commemorate Charles Stuart Parnell – who was known as the “Great Oak of Avondale”.
A walk in the Woods is also supported by: Sebastian Barry (Author), Stephen Rea, Catherine Murphy TD, Clare Daly TD, Joan Collins TD, John Halligan TD, Thomas Pringle TD, Paul Murphy MEP, Martin Ferris TD, Patrick Nulty TD, People Before Profit Alliance, Keep Ireland Open, Friends of the Earth, Unite Trade Union, SIPTU, United Left, Socialist Workers Party, Sinn Fein.
Richard Boyd Barrett TD said, “The purpose of this event is to urgently ring the alarm bells and alert the public of the imminent threat to our public forests – an absolutely precious cultural, historical and economic asset. By involving musicians, actors and poets we want to highlight that this proposal to privatise our public forests is not just an act of economic theft but is also a shameful betrayal of our culture, our heritage and our history. It is beyond belief that we are being forced to sell our forests to pay the debts of bankers and bankers may end up owning our forests. It is an act of cultural and economic sabotage and must be stopped.”
Andrew St Ledger, PRO The Woodland League said, “Irelands Public forests belong to the grandchildren of Ireland and their grand-children, they should be managed wisely using a new community oriented model to ensure a future for the generations to come. This underhanded short-sighted plan to sell Public Forests must be stopped. In his poem, “A Culture is no better than its woods “, the poet W H Auden implied that a place without forests has no roots, no strength and no shelter.”
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