Wexford People - - NEWS - By BREN­DAN KEANE

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.

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