Athenry to the Fore – April 1996

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Local Environmental Awards

Councillor, John Mannion, Chairman Galway County Council, presented a total of 43 prizes, worth £10,000 to the winners of the County Council’s Local Environment Campaign Awards at a special function in County Buildings on Friday 15th February. Every year the County Council organises and adjudicates competitions for Tidy Towns, Tidy Estates, Tidy Schools, Tidy Burial Grounds and Environmental Projects.

The competitions generated great interest and there were entries from more than 100 committees and groups throughout the County in the Tidy Towns Competition;

Athenry received 5th Prize of £200 in Category B.

In the Tidy Estates Competition, Ard Aoibhinn received 2nd Prize of £100.

In the Tidy Schools Competition, Scoil Croi Naofa received 4th Prize of £200.

In the Schools Arts Competition, which focused on An Environmental Theme of “Recycling”, the Athenry Girl’s N.S. “Scoil Croi Naofa” won the overall award of “Best School”.

These achievements in the aforementioned competitions is indeed very gratifying as it shows that we are playing our own small part in helping to protect and improve our Environment. The involvement of our school-going children is of the utmost importance because by their participation in “The Tidy Schools Competition” and “The Schools Arts Competition” they will learn of the practical benefits of working and co-operating with their friends to protect and improve their town and parish. It will also make them aware of their environment and of the responsibility they will have in the future to protect it for their own children.

We should all be very proud of our children and especially the children of Scoil Croi Naofa in what they have accomplished. Other schools in the parish who entered the competition though they did not win any prizes, were highly complimented on their efforts by the adjudicators. They were Carnaun National School and Athenry Boys National school.

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Written by Christy Coffey

Published here 03 Nov 2022 and originally published 1996

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