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Ash Dieback (Chalara Fraxinea) Public Information Meetings

Ash dieback (Chalara fraxinea) is a serious concern for one of Ireland’s most important native trees. Forest owners are asked to attend one of a nationwide series of information meetings to learn more about the disease and how we can all work together to eradicate it.

These public information meetings are being organised by Teagasc in association with the Forest Service and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. They are being held in response to the recent findings of Chalara fraxinea in a number of young forestry plantations and other locations.

They will run from 20 to 30 May 2013 and will be held in local Teagasc offices. All meetings will start at 8 pm. Please see table below for more information on meetings in your area.

Nuala Ni Fhlatharta, Head of the Teagasc Forestry Development Department gave some background information to this threat: “Ash dieback is a serious disease of ash trees caused by the fungal pathogen Chalara fraxinea (Hymenoscyphus pseudoalbidus). It has spread rapidly across much of Europe causing significant damage to ash. The disease can affect ash trees of any age and can be fatal, particularly among younger trees.”

Noel Kennedy, Teagasc Forestry Adviser based in County Roscommon explained: “With more than fifty confirmed findings in Ireland, the information meetings will provide an important and timely opportunity for the public and in particular forest owners and farmers who have planted ash to learn more about the disease. The meetings will provide the latest news on Ireland’s campaign to eradicate the disease and offer an ideal forum to get answers to your questions about ash dieback.”

At these meetings, staff from Teagasc and the Forest Service will answer questions foremost in people’s minds:

  • What is ash dieback?
  • What does it look like?
  • What is the current situation in Ireland?
  • What to do if you have a suspect tree?
  • What measures are being taken to eradicate the disease?

He concluded by saying: “The meetings will also address the consequences for forestry grant aid, REPS and AEOS. Particularly where ash dieback is confirmed in ash trees planted under these schemes.”

Remain vigilant! The key message to take home from these meetings is to be vigilant for this serious disease. It is important to heed this request even if you are unable to attend a meeting.

See table below for details of the events

Details of Chalara (ash dieback) information meetings

County Location Venue Date
Meetings starts at 8pm
Contact details
Cavan Ballyhaise Advisory Office Monday 20 May Kevin O'Connell
087-1216159
Clare Ennis Teagasc Office Monday 27 May Michael Somers
087-1216163
Cork Fermoy Advisory Office Moorepark Tuesday 28 May John Casey
087-2242283
Cork Macroom Teagasc Office Wednesday 29 May John Casey
087-2242283
Donegal Letterkenny Teagasc Office Tuesday 21 May Steven Meyen
087-6775158
Galway Athenry Teagasc Mellows Campus,
Clareen Room
Wednesday 29 May Noel Kennedy
087-9090504
Kerry Killarney Teagasc Office Wednesday 22 May Tom Houlihan
087-6184353
Kildare Naas Teagasc Office Thursday 23 May Frances McHugh
087-6222111
Kilkenny Kilkenny Teagasc Office Wednesday 29 May Frances McHugh
087-6222111
Laois Portlaoise Teagasc Office Tuesday 28 May Liam Kelly
087-9090495
Leitrim / Sligo Mohill Teagasc Office Thursday 23 May Steven Meyen
087-6775158
Limerick Newcastle West Teagasc Office Tuesday 21 May Tom Houlihan
087-6184353
Mayo Claremorris Teagasc Office Wednesday 22 May Noel Kennedy
087-9090504
Meath Navan Teagasc Office Monday 27 May Liam Kelly
087-9090495
Monaghan Monaghan Teagasc Office Tuesday 21 May Kevin O'Connell
087-1216159
Offaly Tullamore Teagasc Office Monday 20 May Liam Kelly
087-9090495
Roscommon Roscommon Teagasc Office Tuesday 21 May Noel Kennedy
087-9090504
Tipperary Clonmel Teagasc Office Wednesday 22 May Michael Somers
087-1216163
Tipperary Nenagh Teagasc Office Wednesday 29 May Michael Somers
087-1216163
Waterford Dungarvan Teagasc Office Tuesday 21 May John Casey
087-2242283
Westmeath Mullingar Teagasc Office Wednesday 22 May Liam Kelly
087-9090495
Wexford Enniscorthy Teagasc Office Thursday 30 May Frances McHugh
087-6222111