Lismore Tidy Towns
On days during the week starting Monday 19th May nearly all of the summer planting work was done. The seventeen wall baskets at the New Way were planted up as were the eight containers on West Street, four planters at the Grotto at West Street, the four containers on the Main Street and two in front of St. Carthage’s Cathedral.The beds at the New Street/Bank of Ireland corner, the Monument and the circular bed at the Mall were planted for summer colour. On Friday morning the working group planted up ninety six large and fifty small planters for the lamp standards- those will not be put up until after the June bank holiday weekend.
The week starting Monday 7th May was a very busy one for the group with Tuesday afternoon spent
planting containers in the Council yard. Wednesday evening from 6pm to 9pm was spent washing and cleaning a number of vacant premises on Main Street in preparation for the Poem in Shop Windows project. On Thursday evening in the Millennium Park we had the launch of three projects which we had been working on since last October.
The three projects announced on Thursday 10th were the banner project at the Millennium Park, the revival of the Poem in Shop Windows and the Lismore Tidy Towns website.
The banner project came about as a result of comments made some years ago by a tidy towns competition adjudicator about the vacant flag poles inside the wall at the Millennium Park. Those poles are a permanent fixture as they were put up by Lismore Mochuda Development Company Ltd. for Christmas Lights in Lismore so permission was sought from and given by the company for us to use the poles.So betwen ourselves and the graphic designer Sacha Bulfin at Printmaster, Dungarvan, we came up with a design for seven banners with themes linked to Lismore past and present – Heritage, Architecture, Community,Environment, Education,Biodiversity and Sport. Our sincere thanks to the following photographers whose photographs were used on the project – Mary Glavin , Lismore for the Architecture image, Catherine Cashman, Conna for the Education image and Mr. Dennis Ring Blackwater Community who allowed access to the school for the image, Robert Power, Dungarvan for the Environment image, Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, England and the National Museum of Ireland for the image of the Lismore Crozier. This project was grant aided by Waterford Leader Partnership and a sincere thanks is extended to Ms. Niamh Budds, Project Officer for all of her help, advice and support. Thanks also to Mr. Matt Houlihan Printmaster, Ms. Maella Fahey Lismore Heritage Centre and the local area office Waterford Co. Co. for their input.This project has cost over 4000 euro and has been funded by Lismore Tidy Towns with grant aid from Leader.
The Poem in Shop Windows project is a revival of an original project by Mayor of Lismore Mr. Ken Madden to celebrate Poetry Day in September 2011. Our aim was to use those poems to take the bare /empty look of closed business premises in the Main Street /West Street area. Five business premises were identified and the following owners are to be thanked for allowing us to use their properties and to place the poems inside their windows – Mr. Des Fitzsimons, Mr. Akram Hanna, Mrs. Anne McCarthy, Don and Michelle O’Hanrahan and Miss Nora Willoughby. The project could not have proceeded without the permission, help and cooperation of Mayor Ken Madden and the permission of the eleven poets whose poems were used. So a sincere thanks to Mr. Madden, poets Ms. Corina Duyn, Mr. Liam Murphy, Mr. Alan Murphy,Mr. John Ennis, Mr. Edward Denniston, Mr. George O’ Brien, Mr. James Ballantyne, Mr. Mark Roper, Mr. Thomas McCarthy, Ms. Aine Ui Foghlu and Mr . Peter Sirr. Mr. David Murphy, Red Heaven Design, Main Street , Lismore, was responsible for the graphic work and thanks to him for his advice and ideas. This project cost Lismore Tidy Towns over 500 euro.
The adjudicator’s report in the 2011 National Tidy Towns Competition advised Lismore Tidy Towns to have a website and to use the social media ie Facebook and Twitter to create awareness about the group and its activities. So we finally got round to getting the website designed and up and running this year and hopefully the general public will be as impressed with the website design and content as the tidy towns members are .Our thanks to Mr. Rafael Wozniak, NIAK IT Solutions, West Street, Lismore, who designed the website, for his advice and help and thanks also those members who liased with him re information and photos.This project was again totally funded by Lismore Tidy Towns and cost 750 Euro You can view the website at www.lismoretidytowns.com
Thanks to Ms. Mealla Fahey. manager Lismore Heritage Centre and her staff for facilitating the website viewing in the theatre and the serving of refreshments to those who attended the launch in the park. Congratulations also to Lismore Heritage Company as it celebrated 20 years in Lismore on 14th May and wishing all involved many more successful years.
The Biodiversity sub group has also recently launched Lismore Tidy Town’s 2nd Biodiversity Plan and hopes to build on the successes of its first plan in term of protecting and enhancing biodiversity in the environs of Lismore Town.
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