Kildare celebrates award for Ireland's cleanest town

Big win in IBAL competition

Paula Campbell

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Kildare town named cleanest town in Ireland

Litter Warden Pat Conway, Liam Dunne, Kildare Co Co Paul Hyland, Cllrs Murty Aspell, Mark Stafford, and Joe Boland KCC front row Doreen Daly, Cllr O'Loughlin Healy, Willie Redmond, Cllr Pender,

Kildare town has begun celebrating its new title as the cleanest town in
Ireland in the latest IBAL
results.

The announcement was made last Tuesday 3 January at the 2016 Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) finals in Dublin.

The town fought off competition from the likes of Roscommon and Ashbourne for the number one title following a survey of 40 towns across the country.

Willie Redmond from Kildare town Tidy Towns described the win as great news for the town.

“We are overwhelmed and excited about the news,” said Willie.

“It has been a few years in the making and we could not have done it with out the support of Kildare County Council staff on the ground and the community employment scheme, Gateway and the CE Scheme participants.”

The win will be marked with a sculpture which will be presented to the town from IBAL.

“We're going to be getting sculpture in the square to commemorate our win,” he added.

“Last year was our first year to be selected for IBAL and we came a joint second.

“We have a great Tidy Towns committee and we get great support locally. We have champions on the all approach roads keeping them litter free.”

The celebrations began with an open invite last Thursday to Market square. Deputy Sean O'Fearghail said it was great day for the town.

“It shows how much you can achieve when you work communities, the council and the Chamber of commerce all work together.”