A wet and windy start to the year has slowed down work in the garden. Soil is very heavy making the vegetable garden difficult to dig over. When conditions improve add well rotted compost as soon as possible. This month is one of the busiest in the gardeners calendar. Carry out all pruning before spring growth begins in earnest in March. Apple trees should have their fruiting spurs cut back to three buds. Any horizontal shoots can be cut back to form spurs. Cut back old growth on rasberry canes to the ground. Prune shrubs back where necessary. For further advice, the Royal Horticultural book on Pruning and Training is a worthwhile purchase. Purchased seeds now for the greenhouse and for flowers. Before the end of the month sow seeds in seed trays in seeding compost and propagate inside on windowsills or in a heated greenhouse. Follow instructions on packet. Some regional bulbs such as lillies can be planted out.
Sallins Community Council - Submission to Co. Kildare Heritage Plan
Sallins Community Council (SCC) have sumitted a proposal to Kildare County Council (for the County Kildare Heritage Plan) and to Waterways Ireland that the existing paved tow-path of the Grand Canal (currently exists between Inchicore and Adamstown, Co. Dublin) be extended as far as Naas.
SCC believe that there is a fantastic opportunity to develop the Grand canal bank into a walking/cycling amenity that would be used by local residents, commuters to the Naas/Sallins area and tourists/visitors. The proposed pathway would offer the possibility of cycling from Dublin, via Adamstown, through the villages of Ardclough and Sallins through to the existing network of cycle pathways around Millenium Park in Naas or, along the canal bank, into Naas town centre itself.
SCC is also conscious that the planned Kerry Group campus, to be located in Millennium Park, will add very significant traffic pressure to the already congested village of Sallins and that all commuter options should be considered. SCC also envisage that a short cycle path could be extended from Sallins Railway Station to the proposed cycleway along the canal bank.
The Grand Canal is the central focal point in the village of Sallins, and very much a core part of the of the village’s history and heritage. Despite the village population have grown in excess of 500% in less than twenty years, the canal bank has not been well maintained in the area. It is time to change that and to realise the potential of this section of the Grand Canal as a leisure amenity and commuter route for the people of North Kildare and visitors from beyond.
Irish classes for adults - Ranganna Gaeilge le Sult na Sollán
Sult na Sollán will kick off a new term of Irish classes for adults on January 22nd 2014, in Sallins National School every Wednesday between 8 - 9pm. The classes are small, very interactive with emphasis on conversation, participation & fun
or contact Daithí at 087 2249756 to reserve a place. All details are below.
Céard atá ar siúl? What is being organised?
Cúrsa 10 seachtaine ag tosú 22 Eanáir 2014 -- 10 week course starting 22nd January 2014
Bunrang, Meánrang agus Ardrang -- Beginners, Improvers & Advanced Levels
Gach Céadaoin, 8.00 – 9.00i.n. -- Every Wednesday, 8.00 – 9.00pm
Cén áit? Where?
Scoil Náisiúnta na Sollán -- Sallins National School
Cé mhéad? -- How Much?
€75 don chúrsa -- €75 per course
€65 do bhaill Sult na Sollán -- €65 for Sult na Sollán members
Naas Traffic Chaos – One truck literally every 3 minutes!
Businesses and residents in Naas have reacted furiously to the new waste permit application which was recently exposed by Clean Air Naas (CAN), the local lobby group. CAN representative, Joe Friel, said “Our phones have not stopped ringing and the level of frustration and anger is incredible. Even we are amazed with the big stink caused by this proposal but it is critical that everyone lodges a free objection by 24th January.”
Of particular concern is the proposed access via the Monread Road which is already heavily laden with traffic. We understand from the previous permit that up to 150 truck journeys are forecast each day. This is roughly 1 truck every 3 minutes on the Monread Road which will be chaotic!
To make matters even worse for David Boylan Limited (the applicant), leading local politicians have now confirmed they were not advised in advance of the new dump plans and encouraged locals to make their voice heard by objecting.
The closing date for objections is this Friday (24th Jan) and it is free of charge. All objections should refer to “Ref: Waste Facility Permit, David Boylan Ltd”. Objections be emailed for free to:
or can be posted to “Environment Section - 4th floor, Kildare County Council, Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas.”