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Cllr Patricia McCarthy taking part in the annual Christmas Tree throwing Championships in Ennis yesterday. Eamon Ward
Out with the old

So --- how do I get rid of my wilting, shedding Christmas Tree?

What to do with that poor haunted relic of yesteryear? Here’s where you can bring it…

IT ARRIVED IN the living room with much ceremony three or four weeks ago — but now, after all the drama of festive period, it’s time to tear down those decorations, pack up the lights, and find a way to get rid of that old Christmas Tree. Because there’s nothing more depressing than having to hurry past a dishevelled, needle-shedding, once-proud pine on your way to work on a freezing and overcast January morning.

So what are the most convenient (and most environmentally friendly) ways to dispose of your tree? takes a look:


In Dublin, the City Council has opened ten sites for tree recycling — at locations ranging from Fairview in Dublin 3 to Rathmines on the southside and Crumlin in the west of the city. Full details of locations can be found at the council’s website.

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown also have seven centres open between 9.30am and 3.30pm until this Sunday. There are four sites in Fingal, and a further nine in the South Dublin area.


Cork County Council is waiving its usual €3 fee for tree recycling at its 11 civic amenity sites throughout the county. In the City Council area, there are sites available on the Kinsale Road, Ballinlough Park, Clashduv Park in Togher, Montenotte, and at the Sam Allen Sports Complex in Gurranabraher — all centres are accepting trees until the 31 January.


In Limerick, you can wave goodbye to that tree at the city council bring banks at Kileely, Moyross or at Rhebogue.

imageWhat not to do: A Christmas Tree dumped in the streets on London [Image: Jeff Moore/Empics Entertainment]


Recycling your tree will set you back €2 in Galway — but you have the option of taking home a free bag of compost for your trouble. There are two recycling sites — on Barna Road and at the Merling Park Depot.


In Waterford City, you can use the Civic Amenity Site at Kilbarry to get rid of your tree. The cost here is also €2 (though there’s no mention of any free bags of compost). In the county, trees can be disposed of at the centre in Ballinamuck, Dungarvan.


If you’re living outside of the main urban areas, there are still plenty of centres where you can bring your tree. Check out this handy ‘finder’ from Repak to locate a site in your area.


Around 100 people turned out in Ennis, Co Clare, yesterday for the third annual Irish Christmas Tree Throwing Championship. The event, which is aimed at raising funds for charity and raising awareness of the importance of recycling, saw members of the public compete to determine the Irish distance record for throwing a standard 1.5 metre tree.

Gary O’Growney (pictured below)  originally from Dublin but now living in Kilfenora, won the Championship by equalling the Irish Record of 10.2 metres set at last year’s event.


[Image: Eamon Ward]

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