Awards pre­sented to Bless­ing­ton Tidy Towns win­ners

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By BRENDAN KEANE

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 (qual­i­, 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 bless­ing­ton­tidy­

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

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