Nationalist & Leinster Times - 24th January 2007
Last weeks gales proved a windfall
Its an ill wind that blows nobody
any good goes the proverb and this was certainly true for
Tree Care Ireland and Lisnavagh Timber Project, when last weeks
high winds resulted in damage to several old trees within Lisnavaghs
250 acre woodland.
Emily Bunbury, marketing director of Lisnavagh,
told The Nationalist that Tree
Care Ireland runs tree surgery courses right on the estate,
so the damaged tree limbs were cut away expertly by the surgeons*
to be used by the Lisnavagh Timber Project which supplies hardwood
timber to furniture makers around the country.
The Lisnavagh Estate is not far from Baltinglass-proper
after turning left for Rathvilly.
The Timber Project operates from the 19th
century farmyard presently undergoing restoration. Most Irish hardwood
is taken from the estate with the rest being sourced from traceable
and sustainable Irish hardwood plantations. But there is much more
to Lisnavagh than wood.
Lisnavagh House, a Victorian mansion set
in its own fourteen acres of gardens, has been launched as, what
is claimed to be, a perfect wedding and function venue. Emily Bunbury
said that the Estate was about to announce the date this spring
for an Open Day, in conjunction with LPM Bohemia, a UK marquee company.
The house, with the grounds and the marquee,
can be utilised as part of a wedding package which includes the
mansions six en-suite bedrooms and four interconnecting function
rooms, not least its oak-panelled library complete with roaring
fire, the room being capable of swallowing up 80 guests with ease.
Managing such a large 1,000 acre estate is
rather like throwing money down a bottomless pit, unless ways can
be generated to make outgo remain less than income.
The story of how William and Emily Bunbury
are contriving to bring this about will be told on Skys Discovery
Real Time channel on Wednesday 28 (10pm). On the programme, Dr Jeanne
Bolger and Jay Bourke visit the estate, talk to the Bunbury couple
and explore their hopes and dreams for the future while identifying
strengths and weaknesses of their marketing intentions.
Bolger is Senior Vice-President of Licensing
and Global Acquisitions for Johnson and Johnson and Bourke is a
leading club, pub, hotel and restaurant operator. Viewing the programme
might prove of great value for other bud-ding Baltinglass-region
You will find more details about the Lisnavagh
Timber Project on its website www.irishwoods.com
It seems that the Bunbury clan is an enterprising
lot. For, over and above what has been described, Sasha Bunbury,
another member of the clan, runs her own design company Farm
21 from the Farmyard complex. Historian Turtle Bunbury is enjoying
best-seller status with his book Vanishing
Ireland and brother-in-law Tom Sykes has just launched his book
What Did I Do Last Night - A Drunkards Tale in Ireland and
General information about Lisnavagh is on
www.lisnavagh.com or by calling
*Footnote: Speaking of gales, an apt cartoon
appeared over last weekend in an international paper. It depicted
a crowd of people viewing a tree that had blown down across the
road. In the background is a frantic figure waving and shouting
Let me through! Im a tree surgeon!
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