Tuesday 21 May 2019

Enniscorthy edging closer to silver

Pádraig Byrne

Having achieved a bronze medal for the forth time at the National Tidy Towns competition last week, the secretary of Enniscorthy Tidy Towns says that he believes that a silver medal, and maybe even a gold, is within grasp.

Local Tidy Towns secretary and treasurer Sean Doyle attended this year's Tidy Towns prize-giving ceremony at The Helix in Dublin along with County Council Chairman Cllr Keith Doyle, District Chairman Cllr Willie Kavanagh, District Manager Liz Hore and Senior Executive Engineer Tadhg O'Corcora.

Things started out very well for the Cathedral town with Enniscorthy being announced as the very first recipient of the Royal Institute of Architects Ireland Special Award Certificate.

The win will mean that representatives of Enniscorthy Tidy Towns will now have the opportunity to work with an architect to develop exciting new solutions to problems in the town such as derelict sites, signage, lighting, lack of quality public space, traffic or parking issues.

Overall, Sean says that the committee are happy with how things went this year and the progress that is being made in Enniscorthy.

'This year we received 309 marks, an increase of 6 marks on 2017,' he pointed out.

'We again achieved a Bronze Medal for the fourth time. We are on the verge of a Silver Medal and with another heave we'll have Gold. The overall winner this year was Listowel, Co. Kerry, with 339 marks - we are 30 marks behind them and if we continue to increase our marks each year by six we won't be far away from the top achievers in the Tidy Town Competition.'

'We more or less broke even with Listowel under four headings,' he continued.

'Actually, we received one mark more than Listowel under the heading Built Environment & Streetscape. In the category Tidiness & Litter Control they received 11 more marks than us.'

Sean once again wished to thank everyone who volunteered and put in the hours to ensure Enniscorthy is kept looking beautiful.

He also used the opportunity to seek more volunteers going forward, pointing out that places like Castleblaney, Co Monaghan supposedly have in the region of 400 volunteers.

'I must express the appreciation of the Enniscorthy Tidy Town Committee for our Volunteers,' he said.

'Although few in number they do Trojan work on behalf of their neighbours and the community in general. I must also thank the operatives of the Tidy Town Community Employment Scheme and to the Officials and outdoor staff of Enniscorthy District Council for all their hard work.'

Enniscorthy Guardian