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Saturday 20 April 2019

Volunteers clean up dumping ground

Thomas Byrne, Fergal Sheehy, Charlie O’Brien and Anto Heeney from Cox’s Demesne Community Volunteers, with Kayleigh Mulligan of Louth Volunteer Centre and a few of the volunteers that helped with the Saturday clean up
Thomas Byrne, Fergal Sheehy, Charlie O’Brien and Anto Heeney from Cox’s Demesne Community Volunteers, with Kayleigh Mulligan of Louth Volunteer Centre and a few of the volunteers that helped with the Saturday clean up

Anne Campbell

A group of volunteers from the Cox's Demesne area recently took on an area of Oakland Park which has become notorious for illegal dumping to a level which is dangerous for residents in the area.

No task was too big as a large group of volunteers of all ages came together on Saturday - with a follow up day the next Thursday - and tackled everything from household rubbish to burnt-out mattresses.

Louth County Council provided assistance and backing to the clean-up while local Community Scheme workers also gave the volunteers a dig out. Oxigen Environmental donated support in the form of a builder's skip to remove larger materials from the site.

Paul Sloane, North East Account Manager for Oxigen Environmental Services said: 'Oxigen is at the forefront of environmental services provision in Ireland and are proud to based here in Dundalk, we were delighted to support a community initiative which is seeking to improve our local environment'.

The members of Cox's Demesne Community Volunteers carried out their clean up as part of National Volunteer Week.

National Volunteering Week is coordinated nationally by Volunteer Ireland and locally through Ireland's network of 21 local Volunteer Centres and six Volunteering Information Services that cover most counties, of which Louth Volunteer Centre is one.

Louth Volunteer Centre have been supporting residents in the Cox's area to get involved in their community, particularly through volunteer activity such as this clean up, for the past year.

A number of residents' groups are being set up as a result of Louth Volunteer Centre's activity.

If anyone from the area would like to get involved and have more of an input into events and projects in the future please contact Kayleigh on 086 043 1379.

Irish Independent

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