The past week has once again been a busy one in our efforts to be ready for adjudication in the National Tidy Towns Competition. Judging days/dates have varied from year to year and have been from early to late June and even into July for the first one and then into mid to late July for the second adjudication. The first judging is the really important one and we appeal to anyone reading these notes to see if you can do anything to your property or outside it to help the tidy towns effort. Our working group spent the evening of Monday 28th trimming all of the box hedging on South Mall. Wednesday evening was spent tidying up the planted areas at the fire station on Chapel Street, weeding and raking the gravel beds at Lios an Oir and doing sweeping also in that area. Billy and Michael, our two C.E.S. workers, have continued the good work by painting , washing and sweeping in different parts of the town. Two properties on the Main Street were painted during the week and we thank Edward Fenton and the owners of Greehy’s. Thanks also to Mr. Michael Houlihan for doing painting as requested at Ballyrafter Service Station.
The Immrama Festival of Travel Writing starts this Thursday 7th June and continues until Sunday and we wish all involved a successful week-end and hopefully fine weather.
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Make your garden eco friendly by creating open sided insect boxes from scrap timber packed with bamboo and other materials listed here. Use them to create a tower block of “apartments” that will appeal to different bugs by stacking the boxes high and filling them with twigs, paper, bamboo and stone.
On the week starting 21st May Lismore was a hive of activity with many sectors in the community out and about doing work. The Tidy Towns working group was out in full force on Monday night planting at the Monument,at the New Street /Bank of Ireland corner and at the thatched cottage Ballyrafter. O n Tuesday afternoon the remaining pole planters were planted up at the Council yard.Some members swept on the Main Street on Wednesday evening while others washed paintwork, base of walls and washed windows on five vacant properties on the Main Street . During that same week our two C.E.S. workers planted the area opposite the Monastery,the raised bed near Hornibrooks on the Tallow Road,the narrow point of the Triangle and the large bed at H.R. Dowd & Sons .
Thanks to Michael and Mary McGrath for painting work done on their property at Main Street and to Seamus, Kathleen and Niall O’ Flynn for painting their property the Castle Lodge, Main Street.We appeal to other householders/ businesses in the Main Street/ West Street/ East Main Street areas who have not yet cleaned paintwork and base of buildings to please get it done in the next week as the first judging in Tidy Towns is just around the corner.We are not asking people spend much money but just to use some elbow grease!!
The bottle bank at Townsparks has been transformed using a novel and innovative approach. Our thanks to Mr. Noel Healy,area engineer Waterford Co. Co., Ms. Karen Hallahan, Lismore Town Clerk and Mr John Foley, Overseer Waterford Co. Co for the work carried out .We hope that people using the facility will respect the work that has been done and not dump rubbish there.
Sympathy is extended to Mrs. Eileen Pollard, Parks Road, our assistant secretary and her family on the recent death of her son Maurice. May he rest in peace.
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Reclamation yards are great as there are a host of materials and garden features available from them in many places around the country.Re-using a previously owned area of hard landscaping or a garden ornament is a real plus for our environment.
The week starting Monday 14th May was a really busy one for our own group and members of the community. The working group spent Monday evening sweeping and tidying at the Canal, Ballyrafter and the New Way. Tuesday afternoon was spent planting up containers in the Council yard. Then on Wednesday evening the plant nursery delivered summer bedding for the areas that the Tidy Towns pays for and plants. We split the group up and one group planted the circular bed at the North Mall, another planted containers at West Street, another group did the raised bed at the Millennium Park and finally the sixteen wall baskets on the Millennium Park wall at West Street and the New Way were planted. We got the rain at the right time just after planting so hopefully the sun will shine this week to bring the plants on even further. Thanks to Pat Fleming and Michael McBride, all of the box topiary was trimmed and shaped at the Canal Park, at the circular bed on the Mall and at St. Carthage’s Church during this week.
Mr. Des Fitzsimons, owner of the business known locally as the Arcade, needs to be thanked for the painting of this building which has added another splash of colour to the Main Street. Thanks also to Mr. Akram Hanna for some painting work done on his properties at West Street and Main Street and to Jimmy Walsh who did the work. It is great to see other people in the community who have been contacted by us carrying out work requested.
W e appeal to shop owners to stop putting posters on shop windows as this is seen as untidiness by tidy towns judges with adjudication just a few weeks away. Over the past few weeks we have seen posters being put on poles and on empty shop windows in Lismore for events taking place in other towns in the county and which are left in situ way after the event has taken place. This is littering and in a town, which prides itself on the town’s level of litter control, we would like to discourage this practice.
The application form for this years tidy towns competition has been sent off. So we now appeal to the people in the business sector who have not yet washed their properties to try and support the tidy towns effort by doing this.Thanks to those businesses who wash and clean and sweep on a regular basis.
Congratulations to the Green Schools Committee at Bunscoil Bothar na Naomh and their co-ordinator Mrs. Patricia Lonergan on achieving the school’s fourth green flag for Travel on Monday 21st May. The Green School Committee at St. Mochuda’ National Schools and their co-ordinator Ms. Helen Sheehan have achieved four green flags and are now working on their next one” Green Homes Flag”. This is a great achievement and great credit is due to all involved.
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It is difficult to find a resource that you and your family should know about ecologically friendly living but www.greenhomes.ie comes pretty close. Suitable for all ages of the family there are useful challenges to get everyone involved in making a difference at home and in the wider world.