In the 2012 National Tidy Towns Competition Cashel gained an additional five points. The local Tidy Towns group have mixed feelings about this – on the one hand they did get a better result than last year, on the other hand they had great expectations - after all the hard work put in, not only by Tidy Towns volunteers, but also by so many other residents, traders and organisations in Cashel.
The poor Summer was a problem but this applied by and large right across the country. The local committee say that adjudication was too early and they hadn’t completed the full work program. But they hope to get credit next year for the work done after adjudication this year.
The real message is that Cashel gained five points this year following on a fantastic 21 gained last year and Cashel can be really proud of this outcome. The town is now only ten points shy of the 300 point benchmark and this should definitely be the target for next year.
Leaving aside the work done by Tidy Towns volunteers for the moment, what else happened during the year to improve the town? A few examples are well worthy of mention.
Look at the lovely stone sculpture at The Green, commemorating the old Sally Port which once stood in the vicinity.
And look at the terrific work done by residents of Spafield Crescent, who have transformed their estate by their own hard work – strongly supported by Centenary Coop.
What about the lovely cut stone wall at Cashel Community School, completing a very fine entrance to that wonderful institute of learning.
What about all the lovely shop fronts around the town, repainted in such bright and attractive colours – they make Cashel very attractive to our visitors.
And look at the huge effort which went into cleaning up the graveyard attached to St John the Baptist Church in Friar Street – a tribute to parishioners and Tidy Towns volunteers.
The committee cannot neglect to mention the excellent work carried out by the Cashel Town Council workers and gardeners which include wonderful displays of flowers around the town, rows of trees planted along approach roads and work currently in hand to replace the old path in Friar Steet with a well designed blockstone pavement which will be a joy to behold when complete.
While it’s very nice for Tidy Towns volunteers to ‘take a bow’ from time to time, they are more than happy to appreciate all the townspeople, traders and organisations who contribute so much to making Cashel a town to be proud of.
As always we can do better! So, If you can spare a few hours each week please get in touch with any of Tidy Town’s volunteers, or go along to meet them on The Plaza in Main St, where they meet every Thursday afternoon around 2pm. You can also find contact details on our website www.casheltidytowns.jigsy.com
You may notice that volunteers also do a quite lot of work around the town at other times of the day which may suit them better. They’re delighted to welcome all newcomers who would like to assist in any way.