Tidy Towns awards night

Volunteers to be honoured

CASTLEISLAND Tidy Towns is holding its annual awards and awareness night in Garvey's SuperValu on this coming Friday evening, April 12, at 6pm.

"We will, as usual, be acknowledging the tremendous work done by our volunteers and presenting awards to the best group in 2012 and to some individuals who have been working away on our behalf right throughout the year," said local group spokesperson, Mary Walsh.

"We hope that all the agencies and bodies who have supported our work will be represented on the evening - along with the members of Kerry County Council and, in particular, Brendan Mulhern and the staff of our local office. We will be highlighting some of the work carried out since June 2012 and we'll be introducing the new projects that are in the pipeline," said Mrs. Walsh.

As always the group keeps an eye out for volunteers and especially in areas which don't have an active Tidy Towns group at present. They are now issuing an open invitation to the whole community to drop in and join them in this celebration on Friday evening. If you'd like to volunteer an hour of your time each week to the cause then the 'Garvey's Gathering' would be just the place to sign up.

"I also want to highlight the Kerry Waste Disposal (KWD) countywide clean-up which will take place the following day, Saturday, April 13. This was a very successful initiative started last year by KWD. Communities all over Kerry come out on the day and do litter picks along all roads in the county. The bags of litter (special red bags) are left along the roadsides to be collected as soon as possible by KWD. Castleisland responded with great enthusiasm to the day last year and we hope to have an even bigger turnout this year. We will be contacting people during the week and the red bags, gloves, litter pickers can all be had from the Tidy Towns committee," Mary concluded.