Ferns Tidy Towns re­flect on another suc­cess­ful year

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS - By PÁDRAIG BYRNE

FERNS Tidy Towns stal­wart Mary Gethings was hon­oured by her lo­cal com­mu­nity last week as they gath­ered for their lo­cal Tidy Towns Awards and to re­flect on what had been a suc­cess­ful year. Mary’s ef­forts as Chair­per­son of the group were well and truly ac­knowl­edged back in Septem­ber when she was crowned the over­all win­ner of the Su­perValu Com­mu­nity Hero Award.

The first time a na­tional award has been brought back to Ferns, the group were keen to mark Mary’s achieve­ment and she was sur­prised with a spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion by trea­surer Teresa Bai­ley at their lo­cal awards. Mary was de­scribed as some­one who is in­volved in ev­ery project, of­ten as leader and chief or­gan­iser, and more of­ten some­one who works away in the back­ground not seek­ing praise or recog­ni­tion. With so­cial in­te­gra­tion be­ing close to her heart, Mary tries to get ev­ery­one in­volved in projects lo­cally and they are planned with this in mind.

A busy lady, Mary also vol­un­teers as a Com­mu­nity First Re­spon­der and serves on sev­eral other com­mit­tees lo­cally and it was fit­ting that the lo­cal com­mu­nity hon­oured her at last week’s cer­e­mony. How­ever, far from want­ing it to be all about her, as Chair­per­son Mary was more con­cerned with ac­knowl­edg­ing the achieve­ments of the com­mu­nity as a whole, point­ing out that Ferns had gained 7 points in this year’s com­pe­ti­tion. Also in Wex­ford County Coun­cil’s En­vi­ron­ment Awards, the group man­aged to win Best Com­mu­nity Waste Pre­ven­tion and came sec­ond in the Com­mu­nity Bio­di­ver­sity Project sec­tion, as well as re­ceiv­ing a gold stan­dard award for par­tic­i­pa­tion in the North Wex­ford 2k clean which saw a whop­ping 285 bags of lit­ter col­lected.

‘All this work wouldn’t be pos­si­ble with­out the help of var­i­ous vol­un­teers who give their time so gen­er­ously,’ Mary said. ‘ The com­mit­tee would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank ev­ery­one who helped through­out the year, the res­i­dents, the busi­nesses, the school chil­dren, Phil and the CE scheme, Kevin from RSS, WCC and any­one who helped with paint­ing, sweep­ing, weed­ing, wa­ter­ing, pick­ing lit­ter etc and of course the hard work­ing Com­mit­tee. Your con­tin­ued sup­port is very much ap­pre­ci­ated.’

Onto the awards and it was McMur­rough Court who scooped the cov­eted ti­tle of best res­i­den­tial area, while there was also a big win for Fran Dun­bar of Shan­talla, Cool­bawn, who won best res­i­den­tial gar­den. Win­ners of the Best Pre­sented Shop-fronts were then an­nounced, with this year’s stan­dard said to be very high. Best shop went to The Unique Es­cape, best pub went to Doyle’s Bar and best com­mer­cial went to Ap­ple­green.

The Ju­nior Tidy Towns group also re­ceived prizes in recog­ni­tion of their hard work through­out the year help­ing with var­i­ous projects.

Fi­nally the Green Schools Com­mit­tee were pre­sented with Bug Ho­tels to ac­knowl­edge their on­go­ing projects to help our de­clin­ing pol­li­na­tors.

A won­der­ful at­mos­phere of com­mu­nity spirit per­vaded pro­ceed­ings and Ferns Tidy Towns Group is hope­ful of mak­ing even fur­ther im­prove­ments in 2019!

Ferns Tidy Towns an­nual pre­sen­ta­tion at the Cour­tyeard. Front: Scoil Naomh Maod­hog green schools win­ners, Bethany Red­din, An­drea Mul­hall, Aoib­heann Mul­hall, Lucy Breen, Mia Mur­phy, Leah Mur­phy and Leah Con­nor. Mid­dle row: Kath­leen Dun­bar-Red­din col­lect­ing her brother’s, Fran Dun­bar,Cool­bawn best res­i­den­tial gar­den award; Phil Mur­phy, McMur­rough Court, best res­i­den­tial area award; Ann Doyle (Doyle’s bar), best pub­lic house; chair­per­son, Mary Gethings; pro­pri­etor, Carol Walsh the Unique Es­cape best shopfront award and Mar­garet Plum­mer best com­mer­i­cal shop front award. Back row: com­mit­tee, Bernie Doyle, Angela Breen, Melissa Ke­hoe, Kath­leen Denby, Angela Red­mond Mul­hall, Teresa Bai­ley and Rose McEl­wain.

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