Plenty Give it a Swirl' and clean up Arklow
The Give it a Swirl' National Volunteer Day has been declared a great success with several key events being staged in Arklow and Wicklow yesterday (Wednesday).
More than 15 bags oif rubbish were collected at Arklow's Duck Pond, in a clean up day arranged by litter warden Corey Bateman.
The working bee included nine volunteers from Transition year at the Arklow CBS, as well as around 20 clients from Ballyraine and Sunbeam Services.
They were absolutely brilliant,' Ms bateman said.
The clean-up of the dunes and areas surrounding the lake revealed a large amount of litter including hndreds of cans and bottles.
The second Arklow event was the unveiling of a new 25ft mural depicting the history of Arklow and one of the town's most high-profile sites.
The mural was officially opened at the corner of Bridge Street and Main Street by Arklow mayor Sylvester Bourke.
The outline of Arklow through time' was painted by local artist Jimmy Fealey and the project completed ove the past nine months by clients at Ballyraine.
The mural depicts significant periods in the towns history including Viking occupation, the establishment of the abbey, the 1978 rebellion, the rise of the fishing industry and modern Arklow.
Arklow Town Council supplied the materials for the mural.
Activities in Wicklow included a cleanup involving students from Abbey Community College and a pin day' fundraiser for Temple Street Hospital at the Tesco supermarket.