Cashel Tidy Towns Committee (CTTC) were delighted to welcome a group from Kilrush Tidy Towns Committee recently. Both Kilrush and Cashel have much in common in their desire and ambition to make their towns attractive to visitors and residents alike.
The visitors were welcomed officially by Cllr. Maribel Wood, Mayor of Cashel, who took time out from her busy schedule to greet the visitors. This is believed to be the first time that any other Tidy Towns group has visited Cashel and their interest stemmed from the remarkable increase in points secured by Cashel in the 2011 National Tidy Towns Competition.
The Kilrush group were taken on a tour of Cashel, with Chairman Paddy Downey acting as guide for the day. In addition to visiting the usual places of interest around Cashel, the group were also taken to see Cashel’s spotless Recycling Centre on the Clonmel road, which was much admired.
Over lunch Cashel TTC learned that Kilrush have been very successful in bringing local businesses and traders on board and getting their support for Tidy Towns activities. This is an area which will be addressed properly in Cashel over coming months.
The Kilrush visitors produced a beautiful photo album depicting the results of their efforts over the years which were really enviable.
After lunch the leader of the Kilrush group praised the work being done in Cashel and noted the wonderful collection of old buildings/walls streetscapes which provide such an excellent backdrop for development of Tidy Towns activities in the town.
On another topic altogether Cashel TTC are very pleased to support the establishment of the Cashel Biodiversity Work Group which was formed recently (as recommended in Cashel TTC 3 Year Plan).
The activities of the BWG group are being co-ordinated by Mr. Sean Laffey and will make a significant contribution to increasing the store of knowledge and understanding of flora, fauna and wildlife in and around Cashel.
The BWG Group is holding it’s first ‘Walk and Talk’ outing in early November. These outings will bring participants to specific sites around Cashel which are of particular importance. Each ‘Walk’ is followed by a group meeting where elements of interest are discussed and plans made to carry out the detailed observations and research which will be required.
Finally, It is most pleasing to note that several new volunteers have come forward over the past few weeks to join the Tidy Towns group in Cashel. The extra manpower is beginning to make a real contribution to the work carried out and is allowing us to tackle bigger jobs and plan ahead with more confidence.
If you feel you would like to become part of a group which is dedicated to putting Cashel ‘back on the map’ again please feel free to come along to the Town Plaza where we continue to meet every Thursday at 2pm – you’ll be made most welcome !