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The tree that 'died for Ireland'...European tree of the year contender blows over in storms - but voting for Ireland's entry continues-UPDATE

The Grey Giant falls to the ground - despite its recent tragic fall Ireland's entry in the European Tree of the Year 2014 Contest increases its vote. However we are way behind and YOUR VOTE is urgently needed. PLEASE VOTE NOW!

18th February 2014

Ireland's entry is the grey poplar tree at Birr Castle Demesne, Birr, Co Offaly, in the heart of Ireland. But in the early hours of the morning of Friday last this awesome giant was blown over by gael force winds.

European tree of the year contender blows over in storms - What they say about this: 

Mooney Goes Wild - http://www.rte.ie/radio1/mooney/programmes/2014/0221/505800-mooney-friday-february-21st-2014/?clipid=1423602 

Midland Tribune - http://www.midlandtribune.ie/articles/news/38686/campaigners-hoping-for-sympathy-votes-for-felled-birr-castle-tree/

Offaly Independent - http://www.offalyindependent.ie/news/roundup/articles/2014/02/18/4019734-call-for-votes-as-irish-tree-of-year-entry-in-birr-falls/

Midlands Radio - http://www.midlandsradio.fm/news/09tree-local-clip-rcpk

MUCK Rack- For Journalists http://muckrack.com/link/m0QL/european-tree-of-the-year-contender-blows-over-in-storms

Irish Independent http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/darwin-fells-one-of-countrys-tallest-trees-30011712.html

Irish Times http://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/european-tree-of-the-year-contender-blows-over-in-storms-1.1692428

Irish Central..http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Irish-contender-for-European-Tree-of-the-Year-felled-by-Atlantic-storms.html



…but the voting continues… Please ask your associates out of respect for this awesome tree to go on-line and vote www.treeoftheyear.org

For 2 centuries this giant of a tree has given so much pleasure to so many people.

It has sequestered tons of carbon dioxide and provided shelter for all kinds of birds and insects and all free of charge.

Let’s give it a great Irish salute by voting for it now - thank you.

The Irish Times had just done a piece on it in Wednesday’s paper http://www.irishtimes.com/debate/letters/bigging-up-a-tree-1.1689147

The Grey Giant is on the ground-but we are going to give it aa new function. We are going to carve a long seat from this awesome tree this summer-will you help?


Offaly Independent - http://www.offalyindependent.ie/news/roundup/articles/2014/01/06/4018970-second-offaly-tree-vying-for-european-tree-of-year-title

Please vote for it now www.treeoftheyear.org


It is Time to Choose the European Tree of the Year 2014

Voting commenced on Saturday 1st February - Ireland’s entry is the Giant Grey Poplar tree in Birr Castle Estate, co Offaly.

Tullamore, 31 January 2014 – Voting for the European Tree of the Year starts on Saturday 1 February, thus opening the fourth season of the contest. All 10 competing trees are presented at www.treeoftheyear.org, where visitors can place a vote for their favourites. The unique international award accentuates the trees' stories rather than their beauty, size or age. The voting closes on 28 February and its results are to be announced on 19 March in the European Parliament, Brussels. The European Tree of the Year is organised by the Partnership Foundation in cooperation with the European Landowners' Organisation and Tetra Pak.

Ireland’s entry is the Giant Grey poplar at Birr Castle Estate, Birr, Co Offaly. The tree was nominated by Tullamore-based NGO Just Forests. 

You can vote here...

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