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Monday 22 September 2014

Hard work pays off in Lusk

Published 18/09/2012 | 16:48

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THE ENDEAVOUR and industry shown by members of Lusk Tidy Towns has once again paid off with the picturesque Fingal town improving its score yet again in the national Tidy Towns competition.

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The town, which has witnessed enormous growth over the past decade causing fresh challenges for the local volunteers ever year, gained another five points this year, placing it third overall in the Fingal, just behind Skerries and Malahide. It received a total of 277 points this year. Pat Kelly of Lusk Tidy Towns Association said she was delighted with the award and thanked everybody for their efforts and hard work during what turned out to be) a very wet year. The excellent Tidy Towns adjudication report highlighted the attractiveness of many fine buildings in Lusk. Kelly 's Garage, Lusk Garda Station, and Round Towers were all singled out for special mention. The judges also found that the Catholic Church and adjoining cemetery with lovely landscaping and baskets of flowers looked superb.. The green area in front gave a spacious effect to this lovely area. The judges liked the commemorative seat to the local motor cyclist (Farewell Flying Finn). Residential areas came in for special mention with the judges commenting on the great mix of dwellings in Lusk. Traditional houses, they said, are a real part of this unique town Lusk and it is great to see they are so well maintained. There are also many other dwellings, such as apartments and housing estates as well as privates dwellings that have blended well and added to the character of the streetscape of this rural town. The town of Lusk was a pleasure to visit and adjudicate, the report added. The adjudicator felt that you were still in the countryside. 'A farming area so close to town and sea is a lovely location. It is important to keep in touch with your history. Good work together with the schools on the Famine Project and Graveyard. It is good to see your own people are not forgotten,' it also said. Pat Kelly said the town's performance in the competition this year was a ' great achievement' for all involved. She said that the comments of the adjudicators in their report on the town were fair and that the committee would take them on board as they prepare for another tilt at the competition next year. Pat wanted to say a ' big, big thank you' to everyone in the town that played their part in this year's Tidy Town's effort whether you got out on the street and picked up litter or put up a hanging basket outside your home or took good care of your shop-front, the town's performance is down to you. The committee was delighted to see John Flynn named as one of the Tidy Towns Heroes and Pat, who nominated John for the award said that nobody deserves it more. 'Over the last 20 years or so, John has been out morning, noon and night working for Tidy Towns. If there is a job to be done, John is out doing it and he doesn't even have to be asked. 'He's done a particularly fantastic job of taking care of ' Joe's Bridge' just outside Lusk which he looks after personally. If anyone deserves a special mention, it is certainly John.'

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