Best gardens rewarded at Tidy Towns event

The worthy winners of this year’s Cashel Tidy Towns competition were announced by Chairman Paddy Downey at a prize-giving event in held in Spafield Resource Centre on Wednesday night last.

The worthy winners of this year’s Cashel Tidy Towns competition were announced by Chairman Paddy Downey at a prize-giving event in held in Spafield Resource Centre on Wednesday night last.

On hand to assist with the ceremonies was Mayor Maribel Wood, who spoke strongly about the need for people to get stuck in and do things for themselves, and not to be relying on government or councils to do everything. She praised the community spirit of the Tidy Towns volunteers for the work they do in and around Cashel throughout the year.

The mayor also mentioned the hard work put in by Cashel Town Council officials, who now meet regularly with the Tidy Towns Committee (CTTC) to co-ordinate efforts. She praised the Council workers and gardeners who are well aware of the impact their work has on the appearance of Cashel to visitors and townsfolk alike.

Representatives of various social and commercial organisations in the town, whose interests may complement the activities of the Tidy Towns group and also interested members of the public were also in attendance.

Special guests at the event included the Chairman and Treasurer of Emly Tidy Towns Committee - who did so well in this year’s competition.

Emly Chairman Denis Heffernan gave a brilliant and encouraging talk in which he described just what it takes to win at national level. He lifted the spirits of everyone present as he told the assembly that in his opinion Cashel was now within shooting distance of winning a National Tidy Towns Award itself, if the present level of activity and community involvement was to continue.

The Winners of Cashel Tidy Towns Awards for 2010/11 were then announced by Chairman Paddy who (assisted by Secretery Maureen Derby), presented prizes to the winners.

The overall winner of the Best Garden was Ned Marshall of Cathal Brugha St.

The winners of the Area Awards in the Garden Competition for Best Gardens were:

St. Oliver Plunkett Park – Spafield Crescent – Haig’s Terrace – Cahir Road -1st Prize Mrs Peggy McGrath, St. Oliver Plunkett Park, 2nd Prize Mrs Mary Myers, Spafield Crescent.

The Green – Ard Mhuire – Cathal Brugha Street - 1st Prize Ned Marshall, Cathal Brugha Street, 2nd Prize James and Kathleen Moloney, Cathal Brugha Street.

The Rock – Dominic’s Street – St. Francis Row – Palmer’s Hill - 1st Prize Fr. Jimmy O’Donnell, Palmer’s Hill, Joint 2nd Prize Joan Joy, Rock View and Patrick Hayes, Rockville House.

Best Community Garden: Spafield Resource Centre.

Best Pub Front: Feehan’s Pub, Main Street.

Best Shop Front: 1st PrizeTic Toc Jewellers Main Street, 2nd PrizeAlan and Sarah Walsh Rossa Pottery Shop, Main Street. Highly Commended: Hall’s Supermarket, Friar Street.

Special Prize: Tom and Maribel Wood for sensitive restoration of their premises.

Best Estate: The Steeples, Dualla Road. The Best Estate Award was accepted by developers Seamus and Tom Tierney on behalf of the residents who work hard to keep The Steeples looking so well, especially Lionel, Alexis and James Mannering, Eddie Murphy, Peggy and Paul Monks and of course Seamus Tierney himself. The residents seem to take great pride in ensuring that The Steeples remains clean and tidy throughout the year and indeed they are often to be seen picking up litter on the Dualla road on their way in and out of town – more power to them!

It is clear from the Adjudicators Report that Cashel can make serious progress if we can improve our score in the Residential Areas section of the competition and so it is hoped to encourage residents of each estate and community to come together to improve the situation in their own areas. To help with this work Cashel Tidy Towns Committee intends contacting any residents who may be interested in working to bring this about.

Cashel is very fortunate in having so many people who go to great lengths to enhance the visual presentation of the town for the pleasure and enjoyment of both visitors and townsfolk alike.

Of course those involved also get a tremendous ‘kick’ in doing something which gives them great pleasure and at the same time they enjoy the ‘craic’ which always arises when groups of like-minded people get together.

A very sincere thank you to Supervalu who sponsor the National Tidy Towns Competition and who provide material support for the Tidy Towns activities in Cashel, which is much appreciated.

Cashel Tidy Towns Committee would like to thank Sr. Mary for use of Spafield Family Resource Centre for the presentation event and also for the lovely tea/coffee and fingerfood provided by the Centre. Once again we renew our call for volunteers to work with us to help make Cashel a cleaner, tidier and more attractive town that will continue to attract the visitors who bring trade to the Town.

If you are prepared to put your shoulder to the wheel, or foot to the spade for a couple of hours each week, or if you feel you have some particular skill or expertise that could complement our activities, then please come along to meet us at the Town Plaza where we meet every Thursday at between 2pm and 2.30pm.