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Skerries eyeing top national prize

Published 18/09/2012 | 16:48

WITH A five-year plan and the support of senior management at Fingal County Council, the Skerries Tidy Towns Committee believes it can win the national competition.

Skerries now lies just six points behind this year's winner and the committee can smell a national victory with just one more big push. Maeve McGann from Skerries Tidy Towns has praised the support of Fingal County Council's staff on the ground for their continued success in the competition but she said she now wants to see senior management get on board to support a tilt at the prestigious national title. Maeve told the Fingal Independent: 'We are delighted with the results and we are now just six points behind the overall winner,' 'We are now calling on senior management in Fingal County Council to row in behind us. With a new fiveyear plan and their support we could do the big one but we won't do it on our own.' The town was just six points behind this year's overall winner, Abbeyshrule in Co Longford, which achieved 312 points. The adjudicators were full of praise of the eightstrong committee and the many volunteers who work so hard to improve the visual appearance of the seaside town. They stated: 'Your volunteers taking on specific responsibilities that they undertake to do, is an excellent method for people who like working tasks rather than meeting. Your 'adopt a patch' and 'adopt a beach' initiatives are all excellent ways of encouraging more people to come on board and get involved.' 'This town is an experience to visit. There is so much to see and do. Some rain fell on the day of adjudication but it did not dampen the spirits of the many walking enthusiasts that could be seen around. 'This group has done tremendous work from adopting, to cutting down waste and the work continues. Well done and continued success in the competition,' the judges stated.

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