Of all the Tidy Towns reports from the towns and villages in the area, the one on Farranfore must be one of the most satisfying to the committee involved with its development and presentation.
Apart from a strand of ivy taking hold on a wall there, the adjudicator found no reason at all to raise an eyebrow in any direction and only lavished praise on every aspect of the appearance and work underway in the ‘Drive-Through Village’ – which was inspected on June 6th.
The following is a synopsis of the adjudicator’s report on Farranfore’s entry.
“I note you have 10 committee members and you are holding monthly meetings plus there are a large number of volunteers willing to assist your efforts.
You are getting good support from the agencies and bodies that you have listed and it is pleasing to find that you receive great support and financial assistance from the local residents and businesses.
The local people are well informed of your activities. The contacts with the school principal and parents association are well worthwhile and good to learn that the pupils are involved in clean ups around the school. Farranfore benefits greatly from your participation in the TidyTowns competition as it builds up a good community spirit. This is a good approach to the competition.
This is a very busy village with huge volumes of traffic on the roads. The airport is nicely secluded from the main road. Sherwoods is well presented and contains a good car park to keep traffic safely in off the road. Then there is the nicely decorated furniture store. The railway has nice cut-stone structures and we see the remains of the water tower.
Ahern’s pharmacy and the post office have good parking spaces and excellent shops. At Herlihy’s we are invited to enjoy a pint at its best and there is a quite attractive mural at this point. Across the road Centra again has excellent parking and a well kept shop.
The garages have lots of cars for sale in well appointed locations. Nicely set back from the road we admire ‘Keerry Co Op’ complex; it has a good recessed entrance and effective fencing at the roadside and we note that a hedge is now planted at the front. I noticed the cleanliness of the stone bridge on the Currow road, and I further found that some ivy is starting to grow on the wall and I recommend that it be removed before it becomes a problem.
Sheehan’s petrol station stands out in great condition. The school is splendid and they have a good play area with the tarmac ground cover, and we admired the green flag there. The Garda barracks looked supreme.
There is nice landscaping in many areas around the village notably in the entrance to the school and GAA grounds.”
You can read the full report with a click on the link below.