The Annual Tipperary Town RAPID Estates Enhancement Awards night combined with Tipperary Tidy Towns Presentations hosted a celebration of volunteers recently in the Excel centre Tipperary Town recently.
In its tenth year the event acknowledges and rewards the magnificent voluntary efforts of thirteen residents groups in Tipperary town who work on local projects to enhance their estates and add to an overall improvement in the environment and the visual appearance of their community.
Deputy Mayor Cllr. Billy Bourke congratulated everyone on their efforts. “On behalf of Tipperary Town Council I wish to heartily thank the various groups for their continued dedication to improving the estates and the broader Town.”
The 2013 RAPID Awards was funded through South Tipperary County Council Local Agenda 21 Funding, secured by Knockanrawley Resource Centre and the Tipperary Residents Network. €1,000 of vouchers for the Moorehaven Garden centre was allocated to the participating residents groups in recognition of their hard work: Aherlow Heights & Crescent, Avondale Crescent, Blackthorn Grove, Carrowclough, Dundrum Drive, Glenview Square, James Connolly Park, Murgasty, Northside Enhancement Group, Pearse Park, Scallagheen, St Michael’s Avenue & Marian Terrace and West End Residents group.
Tipperary Tidy Towns groups made additional presentations, sponsored by Tipperary Credit Union to Jane Hogan of James Connolly Park who received a silver cup for Best Overall Tidy Towns Volunteer. “This was a big surprise to me and I’m delighted to receive this award,” said Jane, who was out in all weathers doing her bit for Tidy Towns. Mary O’Donoghue from Bansha road received a shield for, ‘Best Individual Garden’.
Deputy Mattie McGrath, Cllr John Crosse, Cllr Jacqui Finnan, Cllr John Hartnett and Cllr Denis Leahy and Minister Tom Hayes supported the event.
“The work of the residents and the vision of Tipperary Tidy Towns is to be highly commended. The voluntary efforts to enhance the Town would add significantly to the Tourism potential of the Town and bring economic benefits,” said Minister Hayes.
The work began in April with the, Annual Spring Clean Week and continued throughout the Spring and Summer season in the estates with a series of: Litter Patrols, Clean-Ups, Planting Programmes, Painting Schemes and Family Fun Days in separate estates and communities.
Cllr. Brian Rafferty, Chairman of Tipperary Tidy Towns and Joe Buckley of Buckley’s Garden Centre gave detailed accounts of the Tidy Towns plans for the future. “The ambition is to implement a ten-year plan that will push Tipperary town into the top tier of towns in the country,” said Cllr. Rafferty. “I want to extend thanks to the various partners involved in the work - local residents, volunteers, the Town Council, Tus Scheme, South Tipperary Development Company, Tipperary Regional Youth Service, Moorehaven Centre, Birdwatch Tipperary and the local Credit Union for their Sponsorship in 2013.”