‘Endemic’ Ragwort Infesting Cashel - Quinlan

RAGWORT weed is infesting the margins of roads around Cashel, heard Councillors at this month’s meeting. Cllr PJ Quinlan told members that he has often been driving tourists around the heritage on his horse and carriage, and he’s embarrassed when they ask him: “Is that allowed to grow there?”

RAGWORT weed is infesting the margins of roads around Cashel, heard Councillors at this month’s meeting. Cllr PJ Quinlan told members that he has often been driving tourists around the heritage on his horse and carriage, and he’s embarrassed when they ask him: “Is that allowed to grow there?”

Cllr Quinlan requested that the Town Council take control of the spread of Ragwort or “Buachlalan Bui” which “endemic in Town and its environs, in particular on land controlled by the Council. Under 1936 Noxious Weeds Act, failure to prevent the spread of poisonous plants like ragwort is an offence.” Ragwort is particularly noticeable near Cormacs Cemetery. Cllr Quinlan added: “It’s lethal. It gets sweeter (for animals) when it’s on the ground.” Cllr Eddie Bennett asked where is the NRA, to clean up the weeds. “It’s getting worse. The County Council should step to the plate. What will tourists think? It’s a real pain, all over the side of the road.”

Town Engineer Willie Corby said it was difficult to clear, with the wet weather. Inquiries are being made with FAS (now Solas) to work on cleaning up the weed. Town Clerk Marie McGivern commented: “The issue of ragwort on County Council owned lands and within the County area generally will be referred to the Council for attention. It is considered there is not a significant ragwort problem within the Cashel Town Council area. However, any ragwort in the area will be dealt with as quickly as possible.”