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Sunday 20 October 2019

Tree cheers for Opera Festival at annual planting ceremony

David McLoughlin, Festival CEO planting a tree for Eleanor White on behalf of the board at the annual Wexford Festival Opera tree planting at Ferrybank. Also pictured are Cllr George Lawlor, district manager Angela Laffan, town sergeant Kevin Sheil, Mayor of Wexford, Cllr Tony Dempsey, festival volunteer of the year Selina Scott and Cllr Ger Carthy
David McLoughlin, Festival CEO planting a tree for Eleanor White on behalf of the board at the annual Wexford Festival Opera tree planting at Ferrybank. Also pictured are Cllr George Lawlor, district manager Angela Laffan, town sergeant Kevin Sheil, Mayor of Wexford, Cllr Tony Dempsey, festival volunteer of the year Selina Scott and Cllr Ger Carthy

Maria Pepper

The Mayor of Wexford Cllr. Tony Dempsey was joined by award-winning volunteer Selina Scott and Chief Executive David McLoughlin in planting trees at Ferrybank to celebrate the 67th Wexford Festival Opera.

The tradition was started in 1990 by the late Festival chief Jerome Hynes and has continued very year. The first tree was formally planted by the former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, with a plaque dedicated to the historic occasion.

The annual tree-planting has resulted in a small forest of trees on the Ferrybank site, commemorating the international opera event.

This year, three trees were planted, by the Mayor, the Festival Chief Executive and the 2018 Opera Festival Volunteer of the Year Selina Scott, who were joined at the ceremony by Cllr. George Lawlor and Ger Carthy, the District Manager Angela Laffan and the Town Sergeant Kevin Sheil.

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