TIDY TOWNS REPORTS
Part two of the Tidy Towns Adjudication Report
Landscaping - A line of lime trees on the Clonmel Road approach is growing in competition with hawthorn trees. You should decide which species should remain. The severe pruning of the trees at Barrack Street is not recommended. They should be allowed to develop a crown. The impact of the two crescent moon features would be more successful if hedging were used instead of wildflowers and the maintenance would be less. Aim to use shrubs rather than flowers as they are less costly and can make better long term impact. Hanging baskets on poles in this area are well done. A tree in the school grounds is causing a problem with the roots lifting the concrete base. It is suggested that the concrete be removed as it appears unnecessary. There is scope for a tree to be planted in the corner of the church grounds near this tree to add impact. Congratulations on your efforts at producing your own flowers and shrubs.
Wildlife and Natural Amenities - The riverside park looked idyllic with geese grazing by the River Suir. This is a valuable well used feature for Ardfinnan. There were seats in a pleasant setting with stone walls and plants. The timber bridge on the green looks better for having been treated. We compliment you for responding to our suggestion of 2011. We noted the various activities such as wildlife walks and volunteer surveys of riverbank damage. The biodiversity plan is useful as a guide to the range and diversity of habitats in your area. Your environment is surrounded by a wealth of flora and fauna. It is interesting especially for school children to survey the flora as a means of developing their interest and knowledge of their surroundings.
Litter Control - Congratulations on your approach to litter management. The various activities and awareness programmes appear to be successful. In general, litter bins were clean and well maintained. Unfortunately some litter was evident at the riverside park.
Lotto - Lotto numbers drawn Monday, October 1, were 3 – 4 – 6 – 25. No Jackpot winner and five match three winners who received €30 each, well done to Caroline Wynne, Mary B Ahearne, Luke MacNamara, Ruby Lonergan and Richard Vokes. Next weeks Jackpot is €5,500.
Juniors - Our Juniors were out in the South Semi Final on Saturday evening last in Monroe where our opposition was St Patrick’s. We started well, scoring an early goal which seemed to settle us. This game was not going to be easy however and it was nip and tuck for the remainder of the first half with the two sides going in level at the break, Ardfinnan 1-03 St Pats 0-06.
The second half started as the first ended and but it not for some wasteful finishing, St Patricks could have taken the lead and possibly pushed on from there however we were just about to go through a purple patch which saw our defence led by Martin Ryan and Oisin O’Flynn and Andrew Heffernan in particular and our midfield begin to dominate. Our forwards started to push this advantage home on the scoreboard with Brendan Cummins, Paul Kennedy, Michael Hally, Michael Goonan, Kieran Quirke and Jason Coffey kicking some excellent points. We ran out winners on the score line of 1-13 to 0-06 and this was an excellent whole team performance which is extremely positive.
The South Final will take place next Sunday in Clonmel at 1.30pm. We will have to be at our best to compete with a very strong Newcastle team. We would ask people to support us by putting your colours out and coming along to cheer on the team in their efforts next Sunday. Best of luck to the players and management, hopefully they can bridge a 58 year gap and bring the Junior Championship trophy back to the Village again next weekend. Juvenile Development Programme - Our Juvenile Development Programme continues next Friday night from 7.20pm to 8.30pm. All players from under 10 to under 16 are welcome to attend.
Club Gear For Christmas - Anyone interested in getting club gear for Christmas can get order forms from Stephen O’Brien at the Juvenile Training on Friday night. These forms must be completed and handed back by October 26th as the order will be placed in early November. No orders can be placed after this time so book early to avoid disappointment.
Gaelic4Mothers - Well done to the Ardfinnan Gaelic4Mothers team who played in Croke Park on Sunday last, at half time during the Junior All Ireland Final. The team played really well and got some excellent scores during the game. A great time was had by all involved.
Club meeting - The October monthly meeting will take place tonight, Wednesday, at 8.45pm in the Club Rooms.
All committee members are asked to attend.
Sympathies - The Club extends its sympathies to the Maher family, Morristown, USA, on the recent death of Mai Maher. Mai is the late wife of Sean Maher who was part of our 1939 County Senior winning team. May she rest in peace.