It was a beautiful afternoon for the Winter Solstice at Knockroe yesterday. As many as 300 people witnessed the wonderful sunset and the passage of the sun.
Sadly, the morning solstice was a little bit damp, to say the least! However, the day before and after were spectacular.
Here are some links to short time lapse films of both the morning and afternoon solstices. It was filmed over a four days so hopefully you can get a real feeling of the event.
Solstice Part 1 – The Rising Sun (1 minute 55 seconds
Solstice Part 2 – The Setting Sun (2 minutes 45 seconds)
Solstice (4 minutes 40 seconds)
Thank you to all who organised the parking, mince pies, sausage rolls and hot punch, and who organised the raffle and donated prizes.
Thanks especially to the various members of the Caiseal Conservation Committee, the Suir Valley Environmental Group, officials from the OPW and of course Professor Muiris Ó Súilleabháin for giving us such and enlightening talk about the inter-related archaeology in the area.
And thank you all for coming and making it a great community occasion!
DunoAir’s appeal to An Bord Pleanála is being considered at the moment. There are counter appeals in against DunoAir’s proposed wind turbines, and observations from various community groups, individuals and businesses. Other observations have been submitted by Tipperary County Council, the Department for Heritage, the Heritage Council and An Taisce.
The case against DunoAir is very strong. If, as we hope, An Bord Pleanála turn down their appeal and uphold Tipperary County Council’s reasons for refusal, then we believe that the area will gain strong protection into the foreseeable future.
An Bord Pleanála’s decision is by January 13th, 2017. It is common, however, for ABP to request further information regarding wind turbine appeals which can make the case drag on for much longer. Fingers crossed ABP make their decision quickly without the need for further information just as Tipperary Co Co did, and that it is firmly refused!
For now, we can’t do much more than sit tight, cross our fingers and wait.
Thank you all for your continued support throughout the year. It’s been a long one, but we hope we can see light at the end of the tunnel now.
Wishing you all a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!