TIDY TOWNS HERO AWARD FOR JASON!
Blessington chairperson honoured with national accolade
THE Chairperson of Blessington Tidy Towns has been crowned the national SuperValu Tidy Towns Community Hero of 2019.
Jason Mulhall was in attendance at the Tidy Towns award ceremony in The Helix when the announcement was made – much to his surprise.
‘I was a bit shocked to be honest, but in a good way. I was invited along to the awards ceremony as one of 10 nominees to receive a ‘highly commended’ award. I was very surprised when they announced I also won the Community Hero Award. I regard this prize as being for the whole group. It’s in recognition of our hard working committee consisting of eight people.’
Blessington Tidy Towns only reformed in 2011 and have achieved a remarkable 93 points increase since the 2012 competition.
Now Blessington Tidy Towns has its sights on landing a bronze medal in 2020 or 2021, while also preparing for the €5 million expansion of the Blessington Greenway.
JASON Mulhall of Blessington Tidy Towns is the overall winner of the SuperValu Tidy Towns Community Hero Award and has dedicated his win to his fellow volunteers.
Jason was one of ten Community Hero nominees present at Monday’s awards ceremony held at The Helix in Dublin waiting to receive ‘Highly Commended’ awards. He had no idea he was also in line for the full-national award as well.
‘I was a bit shocked to be honest, but in a good way. I was invited along to the awards ceremony as one of ten nominees to receive a ‘highly commended’ award. I was very surprised when they announced I also won the Community Hero Award. I regard this prize as being for the whole group. It’s in recognition of our hard working committee consisting of eight people. Really the award is for the whole group.’
Blessington Tidy Towns only reformed in 2011 after a number of years in the wilderness, and have been chaired by Jason ever since. The newly formed group entered their first Tidy Towns competition in 2012, finishing bottom of the pile for the County. Since then they have managed to amass an impressive 93 point increase.
‘We were the lowest scoring town in the county in 2012 but we have established ourselves now. Our marks have been increasing considerably year-on-year and I think we are on the cusp of a bronze medal. It might be 2021 by the time we get one, but I would be hopeful we can achieve that goal over the next year or two. We get good support, though like all community groups we could do with a bit more. Local businesses are very good to us, especially Dan Kenny of SuperValu. He always sees to be there for us when we need something.’
Judges also seemed impressed with the network event organised by Blessington Tidy Towns held in the Avon during May which featured other Tidy Towns groups from throughout the county.
‘That received a very favourable response. Other Tidy Towns groups included it in their presentations and the judges recognised our group’s role in arranging the conference. We have a lot to focus on over the year ahead. Construction is due to start on the next phase of the Blessington Greenway and we are also looking at sustainability and climate change and the efforts which can be made. We provided some reusable cups to the community and will be looking into other initiatives like that.’
Jason Mulhall (right) with Dan Kenny of Blessington SuperValu after receiving his Community Hero award.
Jason Mulhall from Blessington Tidy Towns.