FAILTE go Lios Tuathail!
That's the warm welcome spelt out in lovely box hedging on a special bed erected and planted by Listowel Town Council this week.
Local Tidy Towns praised the initiative of the Town Council and said the bed should make a huge difference to the town's performance in the national Tidy Towns competition this year.
Already one of the most noteworthy towns in the competition having retained a gold medal over the last half decade, Listowel is this year pushing for an outright win of its category of small town.
"We're only two points off so far so something like this could make a huge difference and David Toomey and the Town Council did an excellent job of it, it looks absolutely fantastic," Tidy Towns stalwart Mary Hanlon told The Kerryman. "It's a lovely piece at the entrance to our town and will accompany Jimmy Healy's Bed to perfection in the area. It is also planned to write out Slán Abhaile on the other side of the bed. We applaud it and thank the town council for their initiative," Mary said.
Town Clerk David O'Brien explained that the council hit on the idea a number of months ago as a way of improving the appearance of the road - one of the town's main entrances.
"The ground was lying idle for years so we decided recently to undertake a project that would improve the area and brighten up the approach to Listowel," David said. "We're delighted with how our staff have constructed and planted it, it looks great and we hope will make a significant contribution to Listowel's efforts in the Tidy Towns competition this year."