A VARIETY of Christmas decorations from snowmen to Santa's and cribs to angels as well as a range of other spectacular displays demonstrated more than anything else the innovation employed by the young people of County Louth as they once again excelled themselves in the Christmas Decoration Competition organised by Louth County Council.
The primary aim of the initiative is to challenge pupils in primary schools throughout the county to reuse materials in the making of Christmas decorations rather than simply disposing and buying new items. In excess of 30 schools participated in the competition this year and while every entry obviously couldn't win a prize, there was no doubt that each and every item submitted was to an exceptionally high standard in terms of design impact and reuse of materials.
Christmas tree baubles and decorations as well as standalone Christmas ornaments including Santa's, snowmen, Rudolph's, Christmas trees and some of the most wonderful Christmas scenes ever seen contributed to the very festive atmosphere of the occasion.
Mary Murtagh from the Council's Environment Section was, once again, 'delighted with the diverse range of materials, which seems to increase each year, used to create the most attractive decorations. We were particularly pleased to see the innovative use of polystyrene which is a waste stream that quite often poses difficulty in terms of reuse as well as the extensive use of beverage bottles and cartons, yogurt containers, cardboard, sweet papers, CD's, as well as old footwear and clothing.
Cathaoirleach of Louth County Council, Councillor Finnan McCoy was unable to attend due to another diary commitment, but he sent his best wishes and congratulations to all the entrants for a job well done! His nominated representative Cllr. Linus English was on hand to present the prizes to the creators of the winning entries, all of which well deserved their reward. Cllr. English expressed himself 'amazed at the wonderful display of Christmas Decorations which adorned the foyer of County Hall as a result of the creativity and enthusiasm of the young citizens of our county.'
The Environment Section of Louth County Council records its thanks not alone to the pupils in the county but also to the teachers who, not alone at this time of year, but throughout the entire year worked tirelessly on waste reduction and litter management programmes in their respective schools.
Very importantly also, representatives from a number of Tidy Towns groups from throughout the county were in attendance to add their thanks and congratulations to the pupils for their magnificent efforts.