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Everyone in the Newcastle area is painfully aware of the increasing problem of litter on our roadsides and the dumping of rubbish in many public areas. The community council along with the Foróige group held a very successful clean up in May of this year. By cleaning up we are making a public statement; that we find the dumping of rubbish on our roadsides, in the bogs and in wooded areas both unacceptable and offensive to us.
As part of the ongoing campaign we will inform by registered letter anybody whose name and address is found in rubbish that has been dumped. We have been informed by Galway County Council that anyone caught dumping in the area will be prosecuted under the 1982 Litter Act and may be fined up to £800.
The clean up is now an annual event and we would very much appreciate the cooperation of everyone in this important and worthwhile project.
To celebrate our cleaner environment we have invited the renowned Gordon D’Arcy to lead a nature walk in Newcastle on Wednesday 16th August at 6pm. All age groups are invited to take part in the walk which promises to be both informative and enjoyable.
Our Community Centre will be the venue for an emigrants dance on Friday night – August 18th. Joe Glynn with his band ‘Irish Mist’ will provide the entertainment.
Work is almost complete on the car park at the historic Templemoyle Cemetery. This facility is a great asset to the community and we hope to have a similar scheme next year to develop the waste land in the area of Newcastle Pitch.
We are always very anxious to hear any suggestions or comments people might have with regard to the work undertaken by the Community Council.
Written by Maura Molloy
Published here 09 Feb 2021 and originally published August 1995
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