County Clean-Up Confined to Family Pods this Year

Outside: Garvey’s SuperValu manager, Seamus O’Connor presenting Castleisland Tidy Towns committee treasurer, Sheila Hannon (left) and secretary, Mary Walsh with a consignment of hanging basket and tub plants for this year’s on-line adjudicated national Tidy Towns competition. ©Photograph: John Reidy
Inside: David Joseph O’Donoghue, Castleisland and Knocknagoshel (left) and Edward O’Donnell, Brosna dropping into Garvey’s SuperValu, Castleisland for essential supplies. ©Photograph: John Reidy

The last mass mobilisation of litter picking volunteers to take to the roads and streets of the county was in April 2019.

This time last year the Covid-19 crisis was getting into its stride and the event was side-lined with almost everything else like it.

In the big clean-up of 2019 many of those who donned the yellow vest and gloves with altruism in their hearts and minds, were angered, annoyed, disappointed and disgusted at the state of the roads in the area.

Thrown Fom Cars

First timers were simply dismayed at the ignorance of people who continue to litter-ly destroy the countryside in this manner. A lot of what they collected along the roads was clearly thrown from cars. In some cases, chip cartons and pizza boxes were just dumped out the windows of cars onto the sides of the roads.

These mass mobilisation came into being in 2012 with 500 volunteers taking part. They collected 5,000 bags of rubbish then.

Family Pods in 2021

The numbers taking part by 2018 rose to 5,500 but so did the amount of rubbish collected which hit the 8,000 bag mark.

This year and, in fact, this week pods of family members are being encouraged to take a stretch of street or roadway in hand and do the necessary.

The bags of rubbish collected are to be left at the usual designated area in Tonbwee near Barrack Street Bridge.

Garvey’s Behind the Effort

Meanwhile the Tidy Towns effort goes on and Garvey’s SuperValu has rowed in behind the effort again this year with the gifting of almost €500 worth of flowering plants suitable for the many hanging baskets and tubs throughout the town.

The county clean-up has been going all all week and will continue over the next few days.

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