Naas aims for more Tidy Towns marks

Another gold medal could be on the cards

Paul O'Meara

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Naas aims for more Tidy Towns marks

Martin Kelly of Sarto Road at work

The Naas Tidy Towns (NTT) group is hoping to land another gold medal — the fifth in all — when the winners are announced later this month.

Naas finished just eight points behind the overall winner Birdhill, Co. Tipperary last year.

The group has embarked on a number of initiatives, including environmental projects, in a bid to garner more points and even claim the top prize in the competition, which first took place in 1958. The presence of some litter was noted in the town by the competition adjudicators when a visit was made last year.

However NTT’s plan to tackle the problem was praised.

These include affixing a freefone number for people to contact if the bins are full.

The group has also praised the efforts of Martin Kelly of Sarto Road. Mr Kelly is a Tus scheme worker associated with the NTT. Mr Kelly worked at many stud farms in the area and his father performed a similar role for Naas Town council.

“He is using the late Paddy Murphy’s cart to clean the town. He loves to chat to people he meets.

“He is a great character and he loves to chat.

“We are truly delighted to have him. He is doing a fantastic job keeping Naas clean and tidy,” said a NTT spokesman.