Film maker Mia Mullarkey is directing a short documentary called ‘Danger Overhead Powerlines’ which recounts the experiences of Tullamore’s Teresa Treacy during and after her spell in prison.
In 2006 the Electricity Supply Board informed Teresa Treacy that they were going to erect pylons across her land, which would necessitate the felling of several acres of forest that Teresa had planted by hand.
Teresa, an elderly lady from Tullamore, denied the ESB access to her woodland, preventing the ESB’s new €22 million euro power line across Tullamore from completion.
For 6 years she asked the ESB to put the cables underground or around the forest in order to protect her trees, but the corporation claim this is not feasible.
In late 2011 Ms Treacy was sent to prison at the age of 65 for not obeying a court injunction allowing the ESB to cut down her woodland. While she was in prison the ESB felled almost 1,800 of her trees, but Teresa continues to fight to this day to protect the rest of her woods. No pylons have yet been erected on her land.
Film maker Mia Mullarkey is directing a short documentary called Danger Overhead Powerlines which intimately follows Teresa’s experience during and after prison, giving an inside perspective unexplored by the national media. The film documents the public’s outraged response to Teresa’s plight and Teresa’s journey from a quiet, shy woman to a relentless fighter.
The documentary is a low budget endeavour and Ms Mullarkey is running an online funding campaign to raise completion money for the film. Rewards for funders include a credit in the film, a DVD and signed still, and even a private screening early next year for more generous donations.
Donations can be made at www.fundit.ie/project/danger-overhead-powerlines.
Any amount can be pledged from €5 upwards. The short documentary promises to be an insightful and inspiring piece about a strong spirited old woman who will fight to the end to protect the trees.