South Tipperary County Council hosted the Annual Environmental Awards 2011, on Monday, December 5 in Brú Ború Cultural Centre, Cashel. The awards ceremony was held to honour the achievements across South Tipperary in environmental protection, improvement and awareness raising.
The ceremony was attended by 250 guests from tidy towns and burial grounds committees, primary and secondary schools, and the business sector.
South Tipperary County Council chairman Michael Fitzgerald presented the awards to worthy recipients in the presence of Town and County Councillors and local TDs. Cllr Fitzgerald thanked all the community and voluntary groups, the teachers and especially the school children for the tremendous efforts which are made in the area of environmental improvement and he went on to state that “with the combination of local voluntary effort and the assistance of the local authorities in South Tipperary a solid foundation can be laid for a partnership approach to improving and enhancing our beautiful environment of which we can all be proud.”
This year’s Environmental Business Award went to Cormon Miloko Ireland Ltd, Carrick on Suir. Jimmy Harney, Acting Director, South Tipperary County Council, said - ‘With more stringent environmental regulations in the business sector it’s important for the Council to recognise the essential role that enterprises such as Cormon Miloko Ireland Ltd are playing in adhering to these regulations’.
Entertainment on the night included an original green schools performance by Best Overall School in the County award winners Mullinahone National School. Welcome entertainment was provided by Paupers Glory and an enjoyable musical tribute to Christy Moore was delivered by Waterford’s’ Adrian O’Keeffe.
A first for 2011 was the introduction of a Cathaoirleachs Award which was presented to Mullinahone Tidy Towns as the Best New Entry to the Tidy Towns Competition 2011. This award was kindly sponsored by the Cathoirleach of South Tipperary County Council Cllr Michael Fitzgerald.
The highlight of the night was the announcement of the overall winner of the South Tipperary Environmental Awards 2011. This award is presented to the group which contributed most to the improvement of their local environment. This year’s winner was Kilsheelan Tidy Towns for their dedication to enhancing Kilsheelan village.
Overall, 55 awards were presented including categories for the Golden Mile, Community Involvement, B 4 Biodiversity and Environmental Champion. For further information contact the Environment Section on 1800 20 26 27.