KILMORE QUAY CLEANS UP!
KILMORE QUAY was a hive of activity when a crowd of around 70 adults and children gathered together to carry out a beach clean-up to mark the end of the National Spring Clean Campaign.
The event was organised by Wexford Sub Aqua Club in conjunction with Kilmore Scouts, local running and walking clubs, the Kilmore Quay Community Development Association, Wexford County Council and the An Taisce Clean Coast Project.
People from within the local community were also actively involved in the initiative.
The Chairperson of Wexford Borough Council, Cllr Jim Moore, who is from the quay, welcomed everyone to the event and said it was great to see such a large gathering of people.
‘The National Spring Clean campaign encourages people to work together to create a cleaner environment and it plays a vital role in improving quality of life by empowering people to take responsibility for, and have pride in, their local areas,’ he said.
He highlighted the fact that the success of such initiatives is reliant on people’s willingness to give their time and energy to help make a difference in their community.
‘The results continue to be outstanding,’ he said.
‘This community, like so many in Wexford, is leading by example through people volunteering to help make our county a cleaner place,’ said Cllr Moore.
‘We would like to thank all groups and individuals around County Wexford who have participated in the National Spring clean for making this year’s campaign so successful,’ he added. He went on to compliment the people and organisations who support the campaign every year and said: ‘Wexford County Council would like to acknowledge them and all of the volunteers who give their time to come together and contribute to making Wexford a cleaner place to live.’ He praised the representatives of local sports clubs and other organisations who attended the event and participated in the clean-up.
The Environment Officer with Wexford Sub Aqua Club, Jarno Peters, said everyone involved with the his organisation was delighted to help coordinate the event.
‘Once again we are delighted to organise the beach clean-up,’ he said.
‘Using dive equipment, our members are able to access areas which could not be checked on a normal clean up,’ he added.
‘Since our formation, we have been diving from Kilmore Quay so it’s great to give something back to the local community and the environment.’
Throughout April 352 groups participated in community clean ups around the county and the local authority supported them by providing 4,500 pairs of gloves, 10,000 bags, 1,200 litter pickers and the collection of waste.
Some of the people who participated in the Kilmore Quay beach clean-up.