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Roots Remain Forever as Tree Planted for Michael Dineen

On Saturday  March 9, Carrigaline Tidy Towns kindly invited the family of the late Michael Dineen to mark National Tree Week by planting a tree in his name, near the Lions Club in Carrigaline.

Michael, formerly of Ballinlough and Carrigcourt, passed away on July 1st last year, he was a good friend of Carrigaline Tidy Towns, and in the summer of 2020 he presented former Chairperson, Liam O’Connor, with hanging baskets made by Michael back in the 1990s. The baskets proudly hang over the Bridge in Carrigaline, and when filled with blooming flowers, make a real contribution to the character of the village.

In his memory, Carrigaline Tidy Towns invited Michael’s family, wife, Carole and three children, Gillian, Nicola and Ciaran, to celebrate his life and ensure that his roots will always remain in Carrigaline by planting a beautiful birch tree, to coincide with National Tree Week, which took place between March 3 – 10th last.

Members of the Dineen family pictured with Carrigaline Tidy Towns following the planting of the tree

Michael was an avid gardener, and his family were delighted to mark his memory by planting new life into the earth, hoping that the roots will extend far and wide, just as Michael’s own roots have over the years, with the friendships he made and positive impact he had on so many lives.

Michael’s son, Ciaran, was delighted to place the tree into the ground, along with his mum and siblings and thanked the Tidy Towns for their incredibly thoughtful gesture. Speaking to the Carrigdhoun, Ciaran said “Dad would have been so delighted to know that this was planted in memory of  him today and we are so grateful to the Carrigaline Tidy Towns for this opportunity to celebrate a special and unique person. While dad was a proud Rockie and Ballinlough man, his roots were also well established here in Carrigaline, where he first arrived with mum over 40 years ago. I’m so glad that with the planting of this tree, his roots will only grow further.”

The late Michael Dineen

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