Jennifer McAree of Transition Monaghan was one those selected by the Tipperary Energy Agency for a green trip to Bursa in Turkey. The trip took place last month. Here Jennifer reports on the background to the project as well as the trip itself, which she describes as a “brilliant experience”.
On a Green Trip to Turkey were: (L-R) Alex Hamilton, Tipperary Energy Agency, Trisha Purcell, Drombane Village Group, Cemal Yagci, Turkish representative and guide, Jennifer Mc Aree, Transition Monaghan and David Phelan, RPS.
Transition Monaghan invited Earth Force Education (Ciara Hinksman and Lucy O Hagan) to Rossmore Park in April 2017 to deliver a series of Forest School sessions. Transition Monaghan organised this event which was part funded by Monaghan County Council.
In later years Transition Monaghan helped promote independently run events by Nourished by Nature, Tanagh OEC, Castleblayney OEC. Rainy at Wild n Free has run events in Rossmore Park in 2021 and is planning more.
Members of the public were being invited to an event entitled ‘Your Cost Efficient Home’ which was held in theMarket House, Monaghan on Saturday, 25 April 2015. The focus was on how to reduce your energy, water and waste bills. There were two key note presentations by experts in the area of low energy in the home – Michael Hanratty of Energy Action and Frank Cooney of Cooney Architects. The presentations were followed by workshops on Heating / Insulation, Electricity, Composting and Water and were ran by Jennifer McAree, Ollan Herr, Michael Connolly and Barry Mc Carron respectively.
Monaghan Ecological Group is working with local organisation, LETS TRADA to develop a Local Exchange Trading Scheme in Clones. Such a scheme would encourage local trade, keep people in work and contribute to building a resilient community. Mícheál Callaghan in discussion with Ciarán Fitzpatrick examines how this scheme will work and the benefits that it will bring to the Clones area.
The new logo for LETS Trada, Local Exchange Trading Scheme
One hundred young activists from across Europe, USA, Canada and Nigeria gathered recently in Lofoten, Norway, to exchange skills, motivate each other and support the local community in their campaign to prevent oil drilling off the stunningly beautiful Lofoten coast. Their message was clear – ‘keep the oil in the soil!’ Mícheál Callaghan, of Monaghan Ecological Group attended the event and reflects on what was an inspiring week at the Young Friends of the Earth gathering in the Arctic Circle.
Some of the participants of the recent Young Friends of the Earth Europe Summer Camp in Lofoten, Norway, carrying the banner “No Oil In The Arctic”. Included in this picture is Mícheál Callaghan, co – founder of Monaghan Ecological Group.
In partnership with Ballinode Tidy Towns and Monaghan Allotment Society, Transition Monaghan applied to Monaghan County Council for permission to use the greenfield site at Cappog, Ballinode for the purpose of developing community allotments and a community garden for the people of Ballinode. Over the Autumn and Winter months we will begin preparing the site so that we residents and community groups in Ballinode can being growing in Spring 2014.
The site for the proposed allotments & community garden in Ballinode.