Ballycanew wins two Tidy Towns awards
THE PUPILS of Ballycanew National School were feted for the large part they played in helping their village win two national awards in the National Tidy Towns competition, the results of which were announced yesterday, Monday.
Ballycanew held on to its title of Tidiest Town in Wexford for the second year in a row, increasing its score by four marks, achieving 294 out of a possible 400.
The village gained one mark for landscaping; another for wildlife and natural amenities; and two for the built environment.
In addition, the village won €1,000 for Best Bring Bank in the South East, and a further €1,000 for the national award in the category.
The Bring Bank is located at the school and the pupils played a large part in some of the works of art which brighten up the facility.
Ballycanew also won the Gum Litter Taskforce Award for a village and small town, and won €2,000, and picked up a further €1,000 for scooping the national award in the category. The school pupils made a video on tackling gum litter, and also took part in a poster competition. The school is a chewing gum free zone.
'We're absolutely thrilled,' said Ballycanew NS Principal Con Brosnan. 'We were delighted to win the county award, but to win two national awards was incredible for a small school.'
Ann Tighe, Treasurer of Ballycanew Tidy Towns, who travelled to Dublin yesterday to collect the awards, said they were over the moon will the results.
'We were absolutely delighted to pick up two national awards, and it was very nice to stay on top for the second year in a row,' she said.
She said the Tidy Towns committee was involved in 30 projects over the past year. 'The children in the school played a central role in the efforts,' she said.
'It was also a huge community effort, with FAS workers and so many volunteers involved as well.'