Tidy Towns: ‘Things are Moving Apace’ – Mary Walsh

Cllr. Michael Gleeson and Cllr. Bobby O’Connell getting honourable mentions for their varied contributions to the Castleisland Tidy Towns 2017 campaign. ©Photographs: John Reidy
Cllr. Michael Gleeson and Cllr. Bobby O’Connell getting honourable mentions for their varied contributions to the Castleisland Tidy Towns 2017 campaign. ©Photographs: John Reidy

Castleisland Tidy Towns activists are pressing ahead with their annual, summertime programme of work throughout the locality.

Wasn’t there an advertising campaign some years ago which went something like: ‘Say it with Flowers.’

The Tidy Towns campaign in Castleisland has adopted this very message – maybe unwittingly – but indisputably.

Flowers in full bloom now adorn all points of critical eye contact around the area and the bridges are getting the full treatment on the approach roads.

“Things are moving apace as usual in Tidy Towns. All our residents’ groups are really in to all things Tidy Towns and several people have remarked on how being involved makes them so aware of the needs in their areas,” said spokesperson, Mary Walsh.

Great Strides

“Fair dues to them they are making great strides on the approach roads, streets and estates in the town.

“We got €1,000 from the Community Support Fund this year to landscape the Castleisland signs on the approach roads and they are looking very well, thanks to all involved.

“The hanging baskets are benefitting from the sunshine and we have our local Councillor Bobby O’Connell to thank for providing the funds for them.

Church Gate Collection
“The weeds are still posing a problem but we are working away on them and we have had Cllr. Michael Gleeson on the Main Street with us on Tuesday nights to give us an extra hand. Action is better than words definitely.

“This weekend we have our Tidy Towns church gate collection and would appreciate the support of the community,” Mary concluded.

The Clean Coasts dispenser with bags and a litter picker designed to facilitate members of the public in a spontaneous, two-minute clean-up when the need arises. ©Photograph: John Reidy

By the Coast

Meanwhile, by the coast: a dispenser set into the wall by the beach in Fenit caught my eye on Sunday evening.

This simple little machine could be just what Ireland needs to break the cycle of litter it has been cursed with for generations.

While it seems all geared up for a life on the coast, surely an inland version could be installed with an equally enthusiastic, attitude and education drive put in place to launch with it.

The machine is part of the Clean Coasts programme and it dispenses refuse bags and a litter picker. These are for use by anyone who comes across rubbish strewn on their local beach or a beach which they happen to be visiting.

Clean Coasts Initiative

The Clean Coasts initiative engages communities in the protection of Ireland’s beaches, seas and marine life.

The programme is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and is currently funded by the Department of the Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government and Fáilte Ireland.

Clean Coasts is made up of two main elements; Clean Coasts Volunteering and the Green Coast Award.
You can find out lots more about the initiative with a click on the link here: http://cleancoasts.org

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