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Wednesday, 16th May 2018

Tidy Towns ‘Adopt an Area’ campaign gathers momentum

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TY Students from St Mary's Diocesan School with chairman of the Tidy Towns Cllr Kevin Callan and teacher Roisin Curtis at the Joe Stanley Garden at Buttergate. Photo: Jimmy Weldon.

St. Mary’s Diocesan School adopts the Joe Stanley Garden 

Drogheda Tidy Towns linked up with residents groups and voluntary organizations during April to create a new approach to improving the overall look of the town. The response to date has been fantastic. The Tidy Towns Committee launched their “Adopt an Area Campaign” to support local groups on the ground in improving the towns overall appearance. 

This week St. Mary’s Diocesan School chose to adopt the Joe Stanley Remembrance Garden as part of the Tidy Towns Campaign and to put their shoulders to the wheel in transforming the area for the better. The School have also taken on the area around Millmount and Barrack Lane and Pitcher Hill Steps. 

Drogheda received its tenth Gold Medal in the National Tidy Towns in 2017.  The Drogheda Tidy Towns committee are very proud of this level of achievement which reflects very positively on all the citizens of our town.  The committee greatly values the contribution which our Residents Associations and local organisations make in ensuring Drogheda looks its best. 

The Tidy Towns Committee are also in talks with a number of residents associations, schools and voluntary groups who have said they are willing to play their part as well in taking on a part of the town. 

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Cllr Kevin Callan, Chairperson of Drogheda Tidy Towns said that, “We have had so many positive responses to our campaign from schools and residents groups and local volunteer groups.  Their work will greatly contribute to making a massive difference to the overall efforts of Drogheda to improve on its performance at Tidy Towns National level in the year when we are also hosting the Fleadh. 

“St. Mary’s CBS have been fantastic supporters of Tidy Towns including undertaking a massive clean-up before Christmas. They have been out again this week covering the area and making a contribution that is changing the way our town looks”. 

Speaking on behalf of Saint Mary’s DS, teacher Roisin Curtis said that," Our students are keen to partake in helping the local community. It is a part of our contribution to making sure that positive efforts like those of Drogheda Tidy Towns are supported by our young people. We have been happy to help and will be on board into the future with the Adopt an Area Campaign. As the saying goes, many hands make light work”. 

The Tidy Towns committee are also asking any organisations or residents association looking to get involved in the overall effort to get in touch and partake in the campaign where they can adopt an area outside their estate which they will commit to undertaking regular clean ups. It would mean that all the approach roads and main arteries into town are given particular attention which would be of great benefit for the Fleadh and when the Tidy Towns judging begins. 

Cllr. Callan feels that it is a worthwhile initiative.  He believes that “there are exciting times ahead for Drogheda with the Fleadh on the horizon which will present a great opportunity to showcase our town”.  He also praised the great work that the Residents Associations and community groups undertake in Drogheda which benefits residents, businesses and tourism. 

Any local groups wishing to assist the Tidy Towns committee with their clean ups can contact them via their Facebook page or at 087-7776648.

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