Athenry Tidy Towns – Christmas 2001

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For us, the Athenry Tidy Towns Committee, this is now our tenth year in existence.

The committee is comprised of:

President: Mr. Tony Kilcommons.

Secretary: Mr. Philip Farrell.

Joint Treasurers: Mr. Martin O’Beirne.

Mr. Tadhg Costello.

P.R.O.: Mr. Johnny Delaney.

Since our formation in November 1991, we have been making steady progress in our efforts to enhance and improve the town. Entering the National and Local Authority Tidy Towns Competitions has become the cornerstone for this committee.

In this year’s National Competition, despite all the interruptions that has been caused in providing a new water supply for the town we increased our marks by 4 since last year’s competition, which means, that we have now broken the 200-mark barrier.

The Women’s Group is now showing the way in that keeping Athenry tidy by taking over the landscaping of the two islands at Prospect. This will benefit all in the long term and are indeed to be complimented on all the works that they have carried out in a short period of time.

Athenry along with Carraroe, have now been designated by Galway County Council as two Litter Free Zone areas in the county and a steering committee has been set up to implement same. This year signs were erected on all the approach roads to the town informing the public that they are now entering a Litter Free Zone Area. Making Athenry Town a Litter Free Zone Area is not going to happen overnight. It is going to take all our commitment in making it happen.

On the 26th October, the committee held their annual awards presentation function in Hansberry’s Hotel for their local competitions.

The competitions and award winners are as follows:

Competition for the “Best Kept Commercial Premises and Perimeter”

Overall winner: The Fields Bar.

1st Runner up: Glynn’s Central Bar.

2nd Runner up: Keane’s Bar.

Competition for the “Best Kept Private and Residential Premises and Perimeter”

Overall winner: Mrs Mary Delaney, Caheroyan Road.

1st Runner up: Mr & Mrs Gerard Cannon, Swangate.

2nd Runner up: Mrs Joy McNamara.

Competition for the  “Best Kept Suburbsn Garden”

Overall winner: Mr & Mrs Tommy Quinn, Ballydavid.

lst Runner up: Mr & Mrs Thomas McNamara, Prospect.

2nd Runner up: Mr & Mrs Martin Fitzpatrick, New Line.

Competition for the “Best Kept Residential Estate”

Overall winner: Caheroyan Drive.

Competition for the “Best Kept Residence in a Residential Estate”

Overall winner: Gabriel and Teresa Ryan, Ard Aoibhinn.

In his address to the function, Rev Canon Tony King P.P. complimented the committee for their work down through the years and the award winners for their efforts in helping to improve the appearance and character of the town. He also spoke about Westport, outright winners of the National Tidy Towns Competition. During his stay in Westport, he knows what it has taken both in terms of voluntary and community effort for the community to win this valuable award.

The adjudicator of the Competitions, Mr. Brian White, local landscaper and horticulturist, in his address said he was very impressed with the floral displays and the overall appearance of the suburban gardens. He also outlined a few simple methods in which people could further improve the appearance of their premises and gardens.

In the running of these competitions, one of the committee’s greatest concerns is the non-uniformity of floral displays in some of our streets. I am afraid that for the past number of years it is mainly the same premises, residences and suburban gardens that are setting the high standards and thereby winning the awards.

Others do not seem to have the same commitment in floral displays.

Athenry is growing rapidly with new buildings being developed all over town, so it is vital that the right environment is created to encourage enterprise and tourism to flourish without negative encroachment on the town’s heritage resources. It is a delightful and interesting town and the committee’s plan that is well researched takes a pragmatic approach in both short term and long term objectives. There is little doubt that this approach to the presentation of a town with a surprisingly high number of historic and cultural qualities will ensure an excellent future in tidy towns and, more importantly for our community.

Christy Coffey, Chairperson,

Athenry Tidy Towns Committee

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About this record

Written by Christy Coffey

Published here 13 Jul 2023 and originally published Christmas 2001

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