As you can see above the first memorial walk for the late Joe Burke,was held last Saturday,21st of May in
Marlfield with the unveiling of a bench at the roundabout looking out to Marlfield House and beyond to the Knockmealdowns and the ever-changing sky scape .
The siting is magical and affords the walker or casual visitor the opportunity to either walk the village, lake, church and river or to walk onwards to the Rock the area of Joe's voluntary labours over many years and walk one of the walks there.
A massive crowd turned up for the event and after the unveiling rambled ,with Bernie Lennon to the fore to the village and lakeside while hearing of the lore and history of the area,delivered with aplomb as only Bernie can.The slides below were taken in the past few days.
Let there be no panic,it is but a fine May day probably the finest this month .The beautiful busy bee above is the work of artist and potter Doreen Saurus and the students of the VEC Clonmel and can be viewed on the wall along with many more ceramics on the pillars at the Raheen Road entrance.
The main event is happening all over the park as nature exposes herself in leaf and blossom from earth to sky;enjoy the show
Saturday the bus delivered me to Carrick-on-Suir bright and early to take on the riverside ramble to my home town of Clonmel.There nestled between the trees stood a river Cot,the traditional everyday boat of choice for fishing and harvesting rushes along the Suir downstream to below Mooncoin.
Traditional I use advisedly, as the true cot had a bow and a stern unlike this one adapted to hold an outboard.Simply built,sturdy and long-lasting with an annual dollop of paint or of tar in days gone by,the Cot and the Suir are one along these reaches and all the way down to the estuary.
Let's see how things go.As the slides show work at the Green,Old Bridge,Clonmel will see most of the trackway/walkway laid by the weekend ,to judge by my walkabout yesterday.A topping of tar macadam may go on top of the concrete.What was once the soccer pitch has been levelled and may be used as a pitch again.Service ducts are in place with access manholes ready for inserting.
The two shovels appear to be in conversation: 'getting there'.
The oak woodland and oak grove provide a lovely backdrop as well as a habitat as does the wetland inside the fencing.Let's see how things go.
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