Beautifying the mighty resort of Ballybunion

Take a bow Ballybunion Tidy Towns! The resort experience is going to be even better this summer for all as the group roll out a number of new projects enhancing life on the Wild Atlantic Way in North Kerry no end.

Most eye-catching of all is the new telescopic viewing area above the Ladies' Beach; they've just unveiled two 'bug hotels' in the interests of biodiversity and nature education down at the Cashen; the old wooden fencing along the Cliff Walk is shortly to be replaced by an attractive fence made of recycled composite plastic and the old wooden benches by the playground are also to be replaced by a granite seating area set on Liscannor stone.

Somehow, amid it all, the volunteers are managing to keep the public areas clean and looking their best while replanting the flower beds this week.

"We're just looking forward to a great summer now!" Ballybunion Tidy Towns chairperson Noel Nash said.

"We're getting great support from Kerry County Council, the residents of Ballybunion and the business people so we're delighted with the progress this year but there is still a lot to do."

Among the other great achievements of the year for the group - apart from organising the St Patrick's Day parade on the theme of Save Our Seas - has been the rejuvenation of some of the derelict building fronts in the town, with the help of the building owners. "The derelict buildings are looking better than ever now thankfully now that we got them all tidied up, again with the help of the Council.

"Everything is very positive this year, as against last year, and we're getting a great response to the various projects."

Noel thanked Tidy Towns treasurer Kathleen Collins for her expertise in securing grant aid towards a number of the initiatives; as well as Council staff Mike O'Donoghue who is single-handedly keeping the beautiful beaches free of litter and looking their best.

It's now hoped the resort even improves on its 2018 performance in the national competition, when it clinched an additional six points.