Vol­un­teers go the ex­tra mile

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - PICTURES -

THE eighth PURE Mile Awards took place in The Brook­lodge Ho­tel, Aughrim, last week high­light­ing more than 50 com­mu­ni­ties ef­forts to en­hance over 150 miles of road in Co Wick­low.

The awards and cer­tifi­cates were pre­sented by Min­is­ter Si­mon Har­ris and the Cathaoir­leach for Wick­low County Coun­cil, Cllr Ed­ward Tim­mins.

Each year com­mu­ni­ties are en­cour­aged to adopt a mile of road and keep it free from lit­ter. This year over 2,000 bags of rub­bish were re­moved by dif­fer­ent groups en­tered into the com­pe­ti­tion.

Speak­ing on the night, Ian Davis, PURE Pro­ject Man­ager, said it was the largest num­ber of roads the com­pe­ti­tion has ever had.

‘All of the groups de­serve credit for im­prov­ing and en­hanc­ing the ar­eas they both live and recre­ate in. It al­ways amazes me the amount of com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion these groups have to clean­ing up the Wick­low Up­lands and I con­grat­u­late all of the groups in­volved in this years com­pe­ti­tion, and look for­ward to work­ing with more groups in 2018,’ said Mr Davis.

Each group re­ceived a PURE Mile Cer­tifi­cate and a selec­tion of na­tive trees at the awards cer­e­mony, while the win­ners will be in­cluded in the PURE Mile Calendar, which will be launched in Novem­ber.

The Best PURE Mile Award was pre­sented to The Bal­lyteige-Ballintombay PURE Mile. The com­mu­nity pro­duced an in­for­ma­tion leaflet de­tail­ing the lo­cal flora and fauna of the area, a route guide out­lin­ing the cul­tural/so­cial her­itage of the sur­round­ing land­scape and also cre­ated an amaz­ing an in­for­ma­tive web­site and blog. Best Cul­tural Her­itage Award was pre­sented to Golden Hill and Three Cas­tles PURE Miles. This joint award was pre­sented to the groups for their re­search into the field names of the area, old ver­nac­u­lar farm houses, ar­chae­o­log­i­cal mon­u­ments, and the many other cul­tural her­itage fea­tures as­so­ci­ated with their two miles.

The pupils, par­ents and teach­ers, of Brit­tas Bay National School re­ceived the Amaz­ing Ed­u­ca­tors KABOOOM Award for their pre­sen­ta­tion on their lo­cal his­tory, pro­vid­ing a valu­able in­sight into Brit­tas Bay’s in­fa­mous pi­rate res­i­dent of the past, known lo­cally as Jack White. Lough Dan Scouts col­lected the Best Ed­u­ca­tion Award for or­gan­is­ing a wide va­ri­ety of eco-ac­tiv­i­ties.

Bal­ty­nan­ima, Round­wood, col­lected the ac­co­lade for Best PURE Mile In­ter­pre­ta­tion, thanks to the num­ber of in­for­ma­tion pan­els along their two-mile looped walk, a web­site, and a lo­cal her­itage book­let. The Clean-Up the Up­lands Award was won by the walk­ing group who re­moved over 150 bags of rub­bish in a one-day up­land clean-up, start­ing at Ki­la­kee car park in south Dublin and fin­ish­ing at the Sally Gap. Joe McNa­mara, a mem­ber of the walk­ing group, said: ‘Our group reg­u­larly walk in Wick­low/Dublin Up­lands and we were ap­palled by the amount of lit­ter dumped in the area, which is mainly thrown out of cars.

‘Work­ing with PURE, and by adopt­ing this stretch of road, and do­ing this clean-up, is our way of keep­ing the up­lands pure and clean, the way it should be.’

The nu­mer­ous Grange­con PURE Miles were ac­knowl­edged for Best Com­mu­nity Ef­fort. The com­mu­nity ini­tially started with one road and then ex­panded to in­clude all the ap­proach­ing roads lead­ing to the village. The Highly Com­mended Com­mu­nity Ef­fort was pre­sented to Donard Fauna Road and Kibaylet Road PURE Miles.

The award for In­di­vid­ual Con­tri­bu­tion to the PURE Mile Com­pe­ti­tion went to Steven Bren­nan from Brit­tas Bay PURE Mile, who has en­tered into the com­pe­ti­tion for the past six years run­ning. The Highly Com­mended Clean-Up the Up­lands Award went to The Stone Cross to Kip­pure Pure Miles.

The Beech Road, Mil­len­nium Road, Love Lane and Avoca Kil­magig PURE Miles won The Best Lit­ter Free Award.

Fi­nally, the Win­ning Back the Val­ley Award went to the town­lands of Cul­len­tragh Park, Bole­naskea, Bar­a­vore from The Glen­malure Val­ley.

The Grange­con group at the PURE Mile Awards in the Brook­Lodge, Ma­cred­din.

Tom Grace, Marie Clarke and Peter Plant from The Cas­tles, Manor Kil­bride.

Fion­nu­ala O’Reilly, Peter McDon­ald, Anne Ho­gan and Su­san McFar­lane from Gle­nealy.

Cllr Ed­ward Tim­mins with Martin McAn­drew, Bernie Ivers and Liam Mur­phy from the Avo­caBeech Road PURE Mile.

The group from Scoil Realt na Mara, Brit­tas Bay, at the awards night.

Mick Cullen from Ra­heen-Ram­pere, Balt­in­glass, with Eil­ish Fisher, Rita McMullen, Lor­raine Mar­rey and Jane Clarke from Bal­linabar­ney-Bal­lyteigue-Ballintombay.

The group from Glen

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Mike Cum­mins, Mary Brett Kelly and Sean Ka­vanagh from Donard.

atives from Bal­ty­nan­ima PURE Mile in Round­wood at the awards last week.

nmalure PURE Mile with Cllr Pat Kennedy.

Donie An­der­son, Sean Lee, Pat Lee and Myles Mur­phy from the Hill Road PURE Mile, Gle­nas­mole.

Molly O’Rourke, Nuala Lan­caster and Julie Wolo­han from Bal­ly­coog PURE Mile.

Brian Dunne, Tom Byrne from Wick­low Up­lands Coun­cil and Wesley Atkin­son from the National Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice.

Ai­dan and Christina Cruise and Ita Dono­hoe from Golden Hill, Manor Kil­bride, with Ian Davis from PURE.

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