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Thursday 26 April 2018

Tidy Towns 1st Prize is "in sight"

Sligo Tidy Towns Partnership Ltd:Back row L-R:Michael Bell, John Kielty, Pat Clifford, Philip O’Brien. Front row: Mary Naughton, Maureen Casey, Lucy Brennan and Chairman Peter Tiernan
Sligo Tidy Towns Partnership Ltd:Back row L-R:Michael Bell, John Kielty, Pat Clifford, Philip O’Brien. Front row: Mary Naughton, Maureen Casey, Lucy Brennan and Chairman Peter Tiernan
An example of the work being done by Sligo Tidy Towns and BID

Sorcha Crowley

Winning the overall first prize in the National Tidy Towns Competition is "definitely in sight for Sligo".

The Sligo Tidy Towns Partnership Ltd AGM last night heard the encouraging words from their Chairman Peter Tiernan.

He told volunteers and Residents Associations gathered in the Sligo Park Hotel that winning the big prize is possible if they continue to receive their current level of support.

"Winning a silver medal this coming year is almost a certainty. We were a tantalising one mark short of a silver this year," he said.

The highlight of their year was winning Bronze at the National Supervalu Tiday Towns competition in September.

Treasurer Maureen Casey reported that total income for last year was just over ¤42,000.

The main funder for Sligo Tidy Towns is now Sligo Business Improvement District (Sligo BID), followed by Sligo County Council.

Peter hinted at two "fairly large" projects in the pipeline for next year which are awaiting external funding approval.

He also appealed for funding from any "community-spirited corporate enterprises with a Sligo presence who would like to be associated financially with an iconic highly visible piece of work."

"A Tidy Towns group needs to make things happen and that's what we intend to do," he said.

They also received funding from Kingsbridge Hospital, Permanent TSB, Hastings Insurance and Tesco.

Peter said the teams are currently finishing the Plaques commemorating buildings and people of note and the Yeats Trail up Wine Street, "which needs to move faster."

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