It was a joy to the members of The Templemore Eco Lake committee on Monday, February 27, when Sean Crowley of Tipperary Leader Partnership announced the good news that the committee had qualified for a grant of €90,000 towards the rejuvenation of the lake.
Without hesitation the main contractors were contacted - Flynn Furney & Sullivan and they in turn notified Mr Michael Fahy tree feller to remove the 60 poplar trees. Next morning the park was alive with the sound of machinery on the move. By 10.30am all signs were in place, walkways sealed off, chain saws oiled and ready to roll.
Unfortunately, the go-ahead had still not been received from the Department before the trees could be felled, and by lunch time nothing still had happened and every one was beginning to pull their hair out. Then at 3.30pm Mr Crowley arrived on site to a sigh of relief from all. The saws were started and work commenced with 23 trees being felled by evening. The remainder were felled by the following day. It was a tight schedule, but all trees were down before the 1st of March the start of the bird nesting season.
The committee’s next project is the installation of the new sluice. This task is all set for first week of April