Ballymun Kickhams first Dublin GAA Club to join the 100 Million Trees Project

by Alison O'Hanlon
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On Saturday 10 February, Ballymun Kickhams and former Dublin stars Dean and Barney Rock helped members of their GAA Club and the local community to plant 1,800 native Irish Trees at Pairc Ciceam in Ballymun as part of the 100 Million Trees Project. 

Ballymun Kickhams is supporting the 100 Million Trees Project by becoming the first GAA club in Dublin to join the initiative. Members of the club came together to plant a mini forest in the grounds of their club transforming it into a thriving ecosystem and helping their community take a significant step towards environmental sustainability.

The 100 Million Trees Project is a Community-driven Initiative to plant 100 Million Native Irish trees across Ireland. The project aims not only to contribute to Ireland’s ambitious afforestation goals but also to foster a sense of community pride and environmental stewardship.

Pictured are Dean Rock, Barney Rock and Áine Burke (13). Ballymun Kickhams is supporting the 100 Million Trees Project by becoming the first GAA club in Dublin to join the initiative. . Photo: Mark Stedman

“We are thrilled to partner with Ballymun Kickhams GAA Club for this meaningful native Irish tree planting project,” said Darren Lancaster, spokesperson for the 100 Million Trees Project. “By combining our efforts, we aim to create a lasting impact on the local environment and inspire others to take action for a greener and more sustainable future.”

Chairperson of Ballymun Kickhams Louise Kearns said “ I would like to thank Richard and David Mulcahy and Darren Lancaster from the 100 Million Trees Project, along with Uniphar and Procure.ie for their partnership and making this project possible. We are incredibly proud to be the first GAA Club in Dublin to sign up to this important initiative which demonstrates not only our commitment to the community of Ballymun but also our commitment to becoming a more environmentally sustainable organisation.”

Ballymun Kickhams and former Dublin player Dean Rock was on hand to help plant the trees with his father Barney and daughter Sadie. He said “Ballymun Kickhams might be a small club but we make a big impact both on and off the pitch. Initiatives like this demonstrate just how much we can achieve when we work together. This is an amazing resource that will have a long lasting impact on our local community for years to come.” 

This project is supported by Uniphar & Procure.ie and showcases how organisations with a shared vision can come together to make a lasting impact in tackling environmental challenges.

Featured Image: Pictured are Sean Flanagan (7), left, Sam Lawlor (7) and Gabriel Hardiman. Ballymun Kickhams is supporting the 100 Million Trees Project by becoming the first GAA club in Dublin to join the initiative.

Pictures: Mark Stedman

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