The Cullen Lattin & Solohead Community Alert Group hosted a hugely successful awareness event on Saturday and launched the erection of their new Community Alert Signs.
The Community Alert Committee organised an inter schools art competition titled “Lets Put Unity in our Community”.
Each pupil from Cullen, Shronell and Monard schools participated and produced a fantastic exhibition of artwork. They were asked to think about older people living in their community; either nanny or granddad or an older friend or neighbour they know and to draw a picture showing how they can watch out for them and make sure they are safe in their homes.
Martin Quinn, PRO, Muintir Na Tire, speaking at the event held at the local soccer club said: “It is great to see young children getting involved in community events such as this one.”
“You young people are the future community of tomorrow and the art work produced shows just how creative young people can be when asked to get involved in their local community.”
Sergeant Paul Dennehy also addressed the crowd and said he was hugely impressed with the work that has been done in the Cullen, Lattin and Solohead area since last year when the Community Alert Group was first set up and remarked on the new signs, which have been erected on roads around the catchment area.
“I am particularly taken with the creative, bright and eye catching new signs that have been produced,” said Sergeant Dennehy.
“And I intend to visit the villages in the coming days to take photographs of the signage and will send them to Garda Headquarters in Dublin, where I will suggest the signs should be taken and used as a national example of best practice from now on.”
Deputy Tom Hayes TD attended the event and officially launched the Community Alert Signs. Deputy Hayes took great pleasure in presenting prizes to pupils from Cullen, Shronell and Monard schools that were chosen as winners in each category of the art completion.
“I was amazed when I entered the hall in Cullen to see the wonderful array of talented art work on display.
“Each of the pictures and pieces entered by the children reflected the great care and respect young people hold for older friends and neighbours,” said Deputy Hayes. “In regards to the Community Alert signs, the committee responsible for producing them should take great pride in them as they are a new and modern take on the idea of community alert.”
Chairperson of the Community Alert Group Denis O’BHrien said a special word of thanks to all of the children who participated in the art competition and thanked everyone who helped in any way to make the day a success. He thanked Bernie O’Brien, Tipp Fire Brigade service for attending with the Fire Truck and specifically thanked the members of the committee, without whom he said there would not be a Community Alert initiative in the area.
He thanked all of the speakers and Aiden Finn, Town Council Engineer for supporting the work of the group to date and for taking time and care to judge the art competition on the day and he thanked the Nationalist Newspaper for helping to raise awareness of Community Alert.