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Great excitement in Ballymore Eustace - Ballymore welcomes Ballymare !

Arising from its excellent performance in the National 2018 Tidy Towns Competition Ballymore Eustace has being nominated to participate in ‘Ireland’s Best Kept Towns Competition’ for 2019 under the ‘Best Kept Small Town Award’ Category.  This is an all-island initiative organised jointly by the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Northern Ireland Amenity Council.  Participation is based on a town’s performance in the SuperValu Tidy Towns competition in 2018.   Kildare County Council, Ballymore Eustace Tidy Towns, Count Kildare Tidy Towns Network, Community Development Association, local businesses, residents and all stakeholders are very excited at announcement of this significant news. 

Immense work has taken place since it was announced, and supports were put in place by all departments of Kildare County Council.  To mark this great occasion a horse in topiary synonymous with the image of County Kildare was planted in the village by the Parks Department.  The school Principal Alan Hobbins, ran with a suggestion by the local tidy towns group that a competition be held to name the ‘horse’.   After sorting through all the wonderful names, the name that was selected was chosen by Maryanne Deegan with the winning name ‘Ballymare’.  Councillor Billy Hillis – Mayor of Naas Municipial District presented her with a prize last Wednesday at a special event.  The competition created great excitement and also created an awareness of the incredible work that Tidy Towns carry out all year.  In addition it was emphasised the importance of including the school, students and their parents to support this group of volunteers.

As part of another initiative an orchard was created within the school grounds in conjunction with the school and the Council.  To promote healthy eating this initiative is also a valuable pollinator project which will hopefully increase points in the Tidy Towns Competition and raise awareness in relation to nature and biodiversity.

Johnny Doyle, Tidy Towns Ambassador and Natasha Graham Ballymore Eustace Chairperson also attended and supported this event.  Johnny remarked - it was great to see the place looking so pristine and the great atmosphere and awareness it was creating in the area.

Judging is presently taking place, during the month of May in relation to the ‘Best Kept Town Competition’.  All involved are waiting with excitement and in anticipation for the results to be announced at an awards ceremony in Farmleigh House in Dublin on 25th June.

Ends                                                                                                  28 May 2019

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