THE CLOLOGUE and Ballymore area, between Ferns and Camolin, has become of the latest in the district to set up a community alert group and text message system to warn when anything suspicious is seen in the locality.
The Clologue-Ballymore Community Alert Group committee was formed with the support of Margaret Quinn from Muintir na Tíre, and local members of the gardaí. It set itself four objectives for the coming year: the erection of 12 community alert signs; the setting up of a senior citizens' alert scheme; the establishment of the texting service, and the drawing up of a map of the area to assist the committee in managing the scheme, and to assist the emergency services in responding to any incidents.
Great work has already been done in meeting these goals. Following the first committee meeting, leaflets were delivered to all the houses in the area to generate awareness. The group held a successful coffee morning in June in Ivan & Mary Rynhart's to raise funds for signs and administration costs.
Following the erection of the signs, the committee then visited all the houses in the area to promote the texting service. This has already proved a success on a couple of occasions in sorting out minor incidents.
The group held an official launch night recently, which was opened by chairman Pat O'Hagan. It was attended by Sergeant Patrick Carley, Inspector Pat Cody, local gardaí Michael Dunne and Deirdre Bolger, Michael O'Neill from Muintir na Tíre, local councillors and over 100 local residents.