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Tullamore cleanest town in Ireland

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Tullamore cleanest town in Ireland thumbnailPatrick Street is a riot of colour and impressed the IBAL judges when they came to town. Tullamore.

TULLAMORE has been ranked the cleanest town in the country by the Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) adjudicators.

The town came first out of 40 towns and cities surveyed and is now deemed by IBAl to be ''cleaner than European norms.''

The town was excluded from the IBAL adjudication last year and there was disappointment at the time as it had been looking exceptionally well following the Entente Florale competition for which it was awarded a gold medal.

However, it has more than made up for that setback and the judges were fulsome in their praise for the town and its environs.

Lloyd Town Park was described as ''exceptionally well presented and maintained . . . a wonderful resource which is clearly very well respected.''

Patrick Street also drew high praise for its colourful floral displays and hanging baskets. Businesses in the area were commended for maintaining the outside of their premises.

The adjudicators also took note of residential areas such as Arden Vale and paid tribute to the residents stating: ''Clearly the residents in this development take great care with their environment. There were large amounts of floral displays throughout - both in flower beds and flower boxes.''

One area received less than a glowing report however. Described as a Town Centre car park, the judges said: ''Little has been done to enhance the overall presentation of same, leading to quite a stark and grey environment.''

However, the IBAL adjudicators described the outcome as: ''A wonderful result for a town that not so long ago was languishing at the foot of the IBAL rankings.''

Councillor Tommy McKeigue of Tullamore Tidy Towns Association said he was delighted with the result. ''In 2004 it was dirtiest town in Ireland and it took 13 years to reach where we are. It's great to get to that. Now, it's up to ourselves to keep it there. It's everyone working together. The council are out very early each morning despite having a reduced workforce and Tullamore is getting bigger. The Credit Union played no small part in that too with the Tidy Estates Competition."

The results for the Tidy Towns competition will be known later this month. and according to Cllr McKeigue volunteers have been out each Wednesday night picking up litter and sweeping.

Tullamore and District of Commerce President, Anne Starling said "it was a huge achievement for the town:

"It just shows the results which can be achieved when everyone works together for the good of Tullamore," she stressed, praising the role of the County Council, Tidy Towns, Team Tullamore and the Chamber.

She paid particular tribute to retired Town Engineer Paul Devaney whom she said had invested so much in ensuring Tullamore's success in the scheme.

Deputy Barry Cowen commented: "Heartiest congratulations to Tullamore on being ranked first and tidiest to live in and visit of 40 towns and cities in Ireland by IBAL. Particular congratulations to past and present members of Tullamore Tidy Towns committee, Tullamore Chamber, townspeople and businesses alike. There has been great leadership and example shown."

Tullamore has been working to achieve this result for years said local Fianna Fail councillor Declan Harvey.

In particular, he praised the work of the Tidy Towns, its former long-serving Chairman, Cllr Tommy McKeigue and current Chairman, Ray Carroll.

He paid tribute to the outdoor staff of Offaly County Council and Tullamore Municipal District for their trojan work, the current Director of Services, Sean Murray, retired Director Declan Kirrane and retired Town Engineer, Paul Devaney.

"This is a wonderful achievement for the town of Tullamore. It is testament to the hard work of the Tidy Towns Committee which is ably led by my colleague Cllr Tommy McKeigue. The commitment and buy-in of the local community and the business community has ensured that Tullamore has taken the top spot.''

Offaly Fine Gael TD Marcella Corcoran Kennedy also joined in the congratulations.

"Offaly County Council and the Tullamore Municipal Council deserve recognition for this huge result for the town and County Offaly. The IBAL award follows on from the awarding of a gold medal under the European Entente Florale competition last year.

"The people of Tullamore should be immensely proud of their achievements," she concluded.

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