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Sunday 17 November 2019

Pride of place of key importance to Kilmuckridge Tidy Towns

Tidy Towns Committee, front: Aideen Hayes, PRO; Iris McMenamin, chairperson; John Hearne and Cllr. Mary Farrell. Back: Angela Kelly, Shane Forsey, Betty Walsh and Bridie Hammel
Tidy Towns Committee, front: Aideen Hayes, PRO; Iris McMenamin, chairperson; John Hearne and Cllr. Mary Farrell. Back: Angela Kelly, Shane Forsey, Betty Walsh and Bridie Hammel

Cathy Lee

Following on from many years of tradition, Kilmuckridge Tidy Towns has launched its 2020 calendar which this time around focuses on the pride of the parish (part one).

A good crowd gathered to be one of the first to see the calendar which highlights some hidden heroes of the area, as Aideen Hayes of the group explained that this year's collection is all about characters.

'These people featured in the calendar need to be honoured. Presenting the calendar was a really proud moment for Kilmuckridge Tidy Towns as our calendar really is our baby,' she said.

The calendar was presented by author Sheila Forsey, who is from Kilmuckridge, and on the night she recalled happy memories of growing up in Wexford which delighted the crowd gathered in Joe Hammel's.

Also on the night, winners of the garden competition were honoured and a presentation was made to the winners by the judges from St Aidan's garden centre.

'We would like to thank St Aidan's garden centre for the gift voucher and the spring bulbs,' said Aideen.

It was important to reflect on times past on the night, and Aideen highlighted an annual event of the Tidy Towns group, the upcycling workshop.

'We wanted to provide a service to the community, and show people that there are alternatives that tick the box for your pocket and for climate change,' she said.

Marianne Heaphy, known by her many followers as The Revamp Tramp, paid a visit to Kilmuckridge for the event and showed the crowd how to add style to old furniture and other household items to bring life back in with the message of reducing and reusing.

'We learned a lot and the event was very positive, I couldn't recommend doing this highly enough,' said Aideen.

Gorey Guardian

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