Dunleer’s tidy towns hosting awards night
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