Dun­leer’s tidy towns host­ing awards night

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS -

AF­TER the busiest year yet in Dun­leer Tidy Towns his­tory, the group will host its an­nual awards night in the Grove House Dun­leer at 8pm on Thurs­day 16th Novem­ber.

The Tidy Towns in Dun­leer have suc­ceeded in mak­ing more changes for the bet­ter in Dun­leer in 2017 than any other sin­gle year to date thanks to re­cent fund­ing.

This Thurs­day, the Tidy Towns will recog­nise the peo­ple who give a lot of their time and en­ergy in the com­mu­nity as well as the spon­sors who back the projects.

‘ This year we had quite a list of achieve­ments in the town. We built a big wel­come sign with mill wheel at the Drogheda en­trance to the town from the mo­tor­way. This is part of our brand­ing strat­egy. All streets were named with new cast metal name plates,’ sec­re­tary Pat Roche stated.

‘New cam­eras were in­stalled at the re­cy­cle cen­tre to help pre­vent dump­ing in this area. Nine new high ca­pac­ity lit­ter and re­cy­cle bins were placed on the Main Stree and new street lights were placed at Moun­tain Road to con­nect Moun­tain View to Dun­leer af­ter dark.’

New in­for­ma­tion cab­i­nets and lecterns were placed in strate­gic lo­ca­tions around the tow and new tree planter boxes com­plete with trees were put in place.

A to­tal of 50 trees were planted ear­lier in the year along Drogheda and Dun­dalk Road. Dun­leer re­ceived the na­tional tree award in the Su­per Valu Tidy Towns all Ire­land Com­pe­ti­tion.

‘In ad­di­tion we planted a wild flower gar­den on the Sta­tion Road which should be in bloom each sea­son from now on. Chil­dren from the Scoil Bhride also painted bees and but­ter­flies which were placed along this stretch of road all 270 of them in the wild flower gar­den,’ Pat added.

The mu­rals at the toi­let block on Main Street were de­signed and painted by 17 stu­dents from Scoil Ui Mhuiri ear­lier this year. This will be recog­nised on the awards night.

‘ The ef­fect of all this progress is that Dun­leer went up by 9 points in the Tidy Towns Na­tional com­pe­ti­tion this year. This was the high­est achieve­ment yet for Dun­leer in its 39 year his­tory and it is a cause to cel­e­brate which we will be do­ing on Thurs­day night next in the Grove in Dun­leer.’

The Awards on the night will recog­nise the best Gar­dens around the town, the best es­tates, some spe­cial awards for well-pre­sented ar­eas and with great em­pha­sis on the great vol­un­teers

Spe­cial guest speak­ers on the night are De­clan Breath­nach TD and Cathaoir­leach Cllr Colm Markey.

‘We would also like to thank Louth Coun­cil and its great staff who have been self­less in their giv­ing of time and fi­nances to help make Dun­leer and in­deed all the towns and vil­lages in Louth look their very best. The Coun­cil staff also helped as­sist Dun­leer in their ap­pli­ca­tion for re­cent fund­ing,’ the sec­re­tary re­vealed.

Spon­sors such as Glen Dim­plex, Dun­leer Credit Union, Marathon Sports Travel, Louth County Coun­cil­lors and Louth County Coun­cil and all the busi­nesses in Dun­leer have also played a key role.

The pub­lic are in­vited to at­tend the event which starts at 8pm.

The new signs in Dun­leer

Stu­dents paint­ing the mu­ral in Dun­leer

The wa­ter wheel fea­ture in Dun­leer

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