Awards presented to Blessington Tidy Towns winners
THE Blessington Tidy Towns committee held its annual community awards ceremony on Wednesday, October 26, and it was a great night of celebration for those who attended.
The event took place in the Coimin Centre and it provided a fitting end to what was a very positive year for the organisation.
Kenny’s SuperValu provided the large crowd in attendance with a fine selection of foods, cakes and other treats to snack on before and after the ceremony which was much appreciated by the organisers.
The Chairperson of the committee, Jason Mulhall, spoke at the event and highlighted the contribution made by everyone involved in this year’s campaign.
He thanked those who were involved in the initiative including the committee members, volunteers, Sunday morning Street Rota, schools, scouts, businesses, estates and other community groups. Mr Mulhall also said he was looking forward to continued support next year.
He said the effort of those involved contributed to Blessington Tidy Towns’ success in 2018 and helped the town earn an additional 13 points in the national competition.
He said it moved Blessington a step closer to the committee’s goal of achieving a bronze medalin2020.
Those present at the ceremony were reminded that the full
adjudication report on Blessington can be seen on the Tidy Towns notice board in Kenny’s SuperValu.
A number of different awards were handed out on the night with the Best Local Estate award going to Beechdale while the Most Improved Estate was Westpark.
Mr Mulhall congratulated those involved with working on both estates and also the other areas that performed excellently this year.
He also offered ‘a big thank you’ to Dan Kenny and Kenny’s SuperValu for continued support of Blessington Tidy Towns since the group was reformed in 2012.
The Best Retail Unit award, sponsored by Qualitas Property Partners (qualitas.ie), was presented to Flowers by Enda while the accolade for Best Restaurant/Bar went to Crafternoon Tea.
Both businesses were complimented on their overall appearance and for their floral displays and Mr Mulhall thanked all of the businesses that had made efforts to help improve the overall appearance of the town.
One of the most anticipated awards on the night was for the Volunteer of the Year which was presented to Eileen Shirran in recognition of her weekly participation in tidy towns regardless of weather conditions.
Ms Shirran was acknowledged on the night for the amount of work she has done in the area of sustainability and waste management including organising a number of different initiatives including a Recycling Ambassador Workshop.
She also worked closely with Paul Tyrell on Blessington’s Conscious Cup Campaign and is a founding member of Blessington SEC (Sustainable Energy Community).
In his closing comments Mr Mulhall acknowledged the work and support of members of the local An Tus Scheme who he said did a ‘magnificent job’ over the last 12 months.
‘The committee and local community as a whole are very appreciative of your efforts and work carried out as it has made a huge difference to the town’s appearance,’ said Mr Mulhall.
The local committee is now looking forward to another successful campaign in 2019 and is actively recruiting new members and volunteers. To find out how to get involved or to register interest in becoming a committee member contact 087-6349853 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Blessington Tidy Towns comittee members - Eileen Shirran, Anita Moroney, Paul Tyrrell, Eamonn Kelly,
Jason Mulhall and Eileen Shirran.
Dan Kenny of SuperValu and Audrey Conroy.
Barry Behan of Qualitas and Phyllis Plant.
Barry Behan of Qualitas and Enda Carmody.
Best Estate award presented to Laura Humphries and Darren Hynes by Dan Kenny with Paul Tyrrell and Jason Mulhall.
Mary Deaton, Noreen Keegan Kavanagh and Ryan Mulhall