Tipp ‘gem’ Emly passes on its secrets

Emly, with 309 marks, was named as Ireland’s tidiest village at this year’s annual tidy town awards. Emly also won the overall regional award, the county award and the gold medal.

Emly, with 309 marks, was named as Ireland’s tidiest village at this year’s annual tidy town awards. Emly also won the overall regional award, the county award and the gold medal.

Last week Emly Tidy Towns committee hosted a bus load of Tidy Towns enthusiasts from County Offaly in a bid to share their winning knowledge with other groups.

Chair of the Emly group Sharon Heffernan gave an informative presentation to the group which outlined their road to success and all the hard work and commitment required throughout the year.

She said that Tidy Towns is the ‘heart of the community’ and that building links with the Local Authority, business and other agencies was one of the keys to success.

Sharon outlined the benefit of the collaborative role with South Tipperary County Council though working on a variety of different projects working alongside the elected members, public awareness officer, heritage officer and engineers.

Emly Tidy Towns founder member Denis Heffernan said - “Tidy Towns is the best thing that ever happened Ireland”, making reference to community spirit and sense of place. The Offaly visitors were delighted with the Tipperary hospitality they received and said that they would be back again.

“In the true spirit of cooperation and collaboration in Tidy Towns, the Tidy Town Committee in Emly were so welcoming, open and informative in a village that is a true gem”, said Niamh Dowler, Offaly County Council.

One of the big messages of the day was to have fun with Tidy Towns. Sharon made the point that, ‘you have to have a bit of fun, have craic’. Denis’s message was to, ‘Keep it Simple’. There was a whole team of people from Emly Tidy Towns – Margaret, Jonas, Séamus and Joe present to welcome the group and give them a guided tour of their various initiatives. There was a lot of interest in the wildlife section of the marking and the value of biodiversity and on planting species that increase biodiversity to your village. One thing Emly Tidy Towns do very well is ‘sharing their knowledge and information’. Emly Tidy Towns is an open and inclusive group and is always open to new members.

If you want more information on biodiversity check out the South Tipp Biodiversity Action Plan which you can get from the County Council or contact the Heritage Officer on heritage@southtippcoco.ie