Rathangan aims for Barrow Award

Mairead Broderick, Emma O'Byrne, Lesley Graham (Rathangan Tidy Towns Joint Secretary) and Jenny Stafford. Sitting: Margaret O'Connor, Vanessa Mack (Rathangan Tidy Towns Joint Secretary) and its youngest recruit Ad�le Mack 17 months old.
The Rathangan Tidy Towns Committee is hoping to impress in the Barrow Awards in Kildare for the second year in a row.

The Rathangan Tidy Towns Committee is hoping to impress in the Barrow Awards in Kildare for the second year in a row.

Joint committee secretary, Vanessa Mack reports that four of its volunteers went to the Helix in Dublin on Monday September 9 to collect a bronze medal and an endeavour award in the Tidy Towns Competition Awards ceremony. These prizes gave Rathangan Tidy Towns members great satisfaction as a lot of work was put into the general tidiness of the town, litter control, sustainability and biodiversity projects. On the same day, it held a meeting to review the adjudicators’ report. Planning for the winter months is now under way with a lot of projects in the pipeline for 2014.

“But the work of Rathangan Tidy Towns is not just about winning the competition. It is about community effort, community spirit and looking after our living area, either through its aesthetic improvement or its litter control and waste management. It is also about caring for the environment and wildlife habitats,” explained Vanessa.

“After a busy Monday, Rathangan Tidy Towns volunteers gathered on September 12 to meet the judges of the Barrow Award Scheme. .

“Last year, Rathangan came first of the competition at county level. Numerous projects were carried out this year, such as lobbying Kildare County Council to repair stone walls around the town, painting the boat shed beside Drummond’s, carrying out a bat survey on the Grand Canal and creating a wild flower information board which will be erected in the next few months on the canal bank behind Tougher’s. Despite the rain pouring down that day, the judges were greeted with a nice and warm cuppa (courtesy of Fullam’s) and fresh home-made madeleines (French buns),” outlined Vanessa. After updating the judges on the successfully completed projects, the rain eased off and they were taken for a tour to admire our lovely, well-kept town and waterways. Rathangan Tidy Towns members are now awaiting the results of the Barrow Awards Scheme competition with impatience.” If you wish to join Rathangan Tidy Towns or want to find out more, email rathangan.tidy.towns@gmail.com or call 087 9258226.