A 78-year-old man from Madogue, Charlelestown has bequeathed his 37-acre holding for community and recreational purposes to the people of county Mayo.

The gift is the creation of a biodiverse woodland, named after himself – “The Martin Neary Woodland”, and working with Mayo County Council and the Western Forestry Co-Op it has been planted with native trees.

Just a few years ago, Martin, a single man, won a lengthy planning battle to be buried in a private burial plot on his own land, and that he explained today is what influenced  his decision to gift his 37-acres of family land to develop a facility for the greater good.

This morning the “Martin Neary Woodland”, located between Charlestown and Swinford, was officially opened by the Minister of State for Land Use and Biodiversity, Pippa Hackett.

Martin told Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley he was delighted with the response...

Local councillor Gerry Murray knows Martin well and he's been telling Midwest News more about Martin's story...




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