My Writings (I hope!) reflect my Guiding Principles:
-'Enjoy Life to the Utmost but not at other people's expense'-'Think Global, Act Local'-'Variety is the Spice of Life'-'Use Technology & Wisdom to Make the World A Better Place for All God's Creatures'-'Do Not Accept Injustice No Matter Where You Find It'-'Laughter is the Best Medicine'
The Case of the Disappearing Galway River!
Over the last few months the Sandy (Terryland River) that flows through the
Terryland Forest Park has almost disappeared as it becomes covered by a
dense growth of vegetation. The effect on aquatic wildlife must be
devastating. BIrds such as swans cannot easily navigate through its ever
narrowing channels; large fish are deprived of entry to the river's
upper reaches. I raised my concerns a number of times with the
Office of Public Works (OPW) who are the agency responsible for the
river's upkeep. They are aware of the problem and are going to carry
maintenance clearance works in the new few months. They have also
confirmed that they are putting a plan in place to eradicate (if
possible) another issue I raised prompted by ecologist Thomas Cuffe.
Namely the scourge of Japanese Knotweed, which is spreading like
wildlife along riverbanks across Ireland. I have been asked to accompany
their staff on a fact finding mission on how best to tackle this
unwanted invasive species.
Hijacking Public Space This week, I reported to Galway City Council the fact that a retail
outlet has commandeered a public facility for free advertising. The
location is a bridge over the Sandy (Terryland) River. I have been
informed by City Hall that, after confirmation by an on-site inspection
by a community warden in the next two days, the Barber Shop in Terryland
Retail Park will be issued a monetary fine and be forced to remove the