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Tidy Towns Kildare

JOHNNY DOYLE: ‘The time for helping Tidy Towns is NOW!’

 

Kildare’s newly-crowned Tidy Towns Ambassador, GAA star Johnny Doyle, is calling on the people of Kildare to give one last push for Tidy Towns this year. Doyle said:

 

“The evenings are long, the flowers are in bloom, and the judging is just about to get going – so we’re asking people to give even a half hour of their time towards making their town tidy. It’s a positive and genuinely useful way you can show how proud you are of where you come from.”

 

Anyone seeking to get involved can contact their local Tidy Towns group or for more information can visit the Kildare Tidy Towns Facebook page, or call Cora Dempsey in the Council office on 045 980815.

 

Doyle himself has a background in horticulture, having graduated from the Kildalton Agricultural and Horticultural College in Kilkenny, and thereafter working in landscaping and shrub and tree nurseries. He is relishing the chance to build on the momentum of 2016.

 

“Last year we won three gold, five silver, and two bronze medals in Tidy Towns Ireland, and we’re determined to keep that going, so please, please get involved!”

 

Naturally the Tidy Towns project has the backing of Kildare County Council – which can prioritise landscaping or public area works, and even provide financial assistance – particularly where local people take the initiative and demonstrate their commitment to schemes like Tidy Towns. Anyone interested in getting funding should go online and find out more about the recently Town and Village Renewal funding that is now available. 

 

The Tidy Towns Network came together in Kildare five years ago to share information and expertise, and they immediately started to see results. Last year Naas, Maynooth and Straffan all won Gold, with Newbridge, Rahtangan, Kill, Celbridge and Leixlip winning silver. Clane and Ballymore Eustace took bronze.

 

In January of this year, Kildare Town was officially recognised as Ireland’s cleanest town, at the IBAL (Irish Businesses Against Litter) awards. As a result, the town benefited from a prize in the form of a specially commissioned sculpture worth €40,000.

 

If you would like to show your pride in your home, and in Kildare, go here http://kildare.ie/CountyCouncil/Environment/TidyTowns/

 

 

Ends                                                                                                              6 July 2017

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