Well done to the senior students of Urbleshanny N.S., Scotstown on their wonderful brochure about Sliabh Beagh which was launched on Tuesday 13th March in the school. Invited guests included Cllr Cathy Bennett, Cathaoirleach of Monaghan County Council, representatives of Ballinode and Scotstown Tidy Towns groups, members of the Parent’s Association, and people whom the children had invited into the school to give presentations about Sliabh Beagh in recent weeks.   The students, who set up a committee called the “Sliabh Beagh Protectors” felt very strongly about illegal dumping in the Sliabh Beagh uplands, and started an awareness project highlighting the value of the bog for plants, animals, recreation, water, history and heritage. Their guest speakers included people with a special interest in the Sliabh Beagh uplands – BirdWatch Ireland, members of Knockatallon Ramblers, Tydavnet Group Water Scheme, Dr Rory Sheehan, Sliabh Beagh Site Coordinator on the Collaborative Action for Natura Network (CANN) project at Monaghan Co Co, and their endeavours also included site visits to the area to explore the beauty, wildlife, heritage, recreational, water, and tourism potential of the area. All the students took a special interest in ensuring they had a “selfie” from their visit, as this earned them a homework-free night. Their project is entered in the Eco-UNESCO Young Environmentalist competition, and they will be showcasing their work in the regional finals at Oxford Island, Lough Neagh in April. The colourful and informative brochure, funded by Monaghan County Council Environmental Services, will be included in the Northern Standard on Thursday 15th March. We congratulate all the students on their initiative in protecting and enhancing the local environment, and making a positive impact in the community, and we wish them every success in the Eco-UNESCO competition.

The Sliabh Beagh Protectors committee with Cllr Cathy Bennett, Cathaoirleach of Monaghan Co Co