Judging in this year’s Tidy Towns Competition can occur any time between June 1 and July 18. So after all the months of hard work by the volunteers and committees could you imagine the horror of seeing a bag full of rubbish floating down a town’s river at the weekend?
Residents in the Castle Street area of Manorhamilton were appalled last Friday, June 1 to see a bag of rubbish floating in the local tributary of the Bonet River which flows at the bottom of their street.
A local resident contacted local Tús worker Padraig Thornton and he retrieved the offending item out of the water and along with Noel Loughlin, the chairperson of the Manorhamilton Tidy Towns Committee, brought the bag to the town’s recycling centre where the bag was opened and examined by the recycling centre’s Mick Lonican.
Manorhamilton have a hard working and enthusiastic group of volunteers who twice weekly don their overalls to ensure the town is looking at its best, but as many Leitrim towns and villages well know their dedicated efforts are occasionally hampered by a minority of people who seem to think that anywhere will do when it comes to disposing of their rubbish.
Chairperson of the Manorhamilton Tidy Towns Committee Noel Loughlin told the Leitrim Observer of his group’s frustration and sadness at the blatant disregard a minority of residents have for their environment and their neighbours. “People of all ages are out around the town at least twice a week doing their best to have the town looking as well as it can. When something like this happens it is very disheartening. However, when you see the enthusiasm of the volunteers of all ages who help in the biweekly clean up then it only makes you more determined than ever to continue with the work,” he said.
The local committee are anxious that Manorhamilton’s ranking be improved upon this year. While paying tribute to the many business owners who have decorated their premises recently, Mr Loughlin noted that there are still several premises which if cleaned and painted, would further enhance the appearance of the town.
On behalf of the committee, he further asks that organisations and businesses refrain from erecting advertising boards and posters within the limits of the town boundary during the judging period (until July 18).
Noel was fulsome in his praise for the wonderful work undertaken on the town’s behalf by Tús workers Padraig Thornton and John Brady and also the contribution made by the local Men’s Group. ‘Clean ups’ will now take place every Monday and Tuesday evening from 7pm with point of assembly at the Bee Park Resource Centre. If you can’t be there for 7pm then please come later, “Any time you can give will be appreciated” Mr Loughlin said.
“It is not all hard work and there is a great sense of a community working together and having a sense of pride in where they live. And hopefully we won’t experience any more examples of the thoughtless actions illustrated by your photographs,” Noel Loughlin concluded.