Community invite to official opening of Glassdrummond Wood
This Sunday 27th August, the community of Glassdrummond and the wider area will gather for celebratory festivities when the local Community Group, in partnership with Ring of Gullion, officially opens the newly restored Glassdrummond Wood.
The Wood, complete with a new short feature walkway and wildlife safari, will be the focus of a family Wildlife Picnic as part of the Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership’s Lúnasa Festival, and is part funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The celebrations commence with a Community Mass at 10am in St Brigids Church, with musical contributions from individuals and groups in the area. Following Mass, there will be the official opening of the Wood by the local parish priest along with Councillor Roisin Mulgrew, Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. Tea and refreshments will be served next to the chapel afterwards, while the Wood itself will be the focus of activity as Liz Weir, a well-known storyteller entertains her audience in the beautiful new ‘outdoor classroom’ facilities built into the old quarry. RTÉ’s wildlife presenter, Dale Treadwell will also attend with his wildlife roadshow, offering the children some fascinating facts on the local animals of the area. Children are encouraged to help chase butterflies with Rose Cremin from the Butterfly Conservation NI, who will also be demonstrating moths caught on site the night before. There will be arts and crafts, face painting and many other fun family activities and the newly installed picnic tables, benches and seating in the wood will be awaiting the first picnic-ers. The event will run from after Mass until 1 pm. Silverbridge GFC is encouraging all members to attend wearing their blue and gold club colours. First Aid responders will be available, and Glassdrummond Community Group will have stewards available on the day for anyone needing assistance. Toilet facilities are also available on site. Speaking ahead of Sunday’s event, Aidan Murphy, chair of the Glassdrummond Community Group said, “We are delighted that after twelve months in the working process and with the help of funding from The Heritage Lottery Fund and the NIEA Challenge Fund, we can officially open this woodland path to the community and let them enjoy the service that is being provided. “This is an on-going project and hopefully, many more great features will be provided in the future. We encourage people to take pictures on Sunday and share them with us as we build a community photo album and we hope to see you all there,” he added.