Medals and awards won by Carrick-on-Shannon Tidy Towns.
We have come through another year and the Volunteers of Carrick Tidy Towns are thrilled and delighted to have belonged to the team that achieved yet another Gold Medal for the town.
We see ourselves as part of a team. We work together as volunteers and with the co operation of a lot of others both in the residential community and business community we have achieved our 6th Gold Medal.
All of the planning, planting, painting, sweeping, cleaning, scraping and sponsorship has brought great results.
Every person in Carrick, young and not so young, who has contributed in any way to enhancing our town should take the credit for our increase in marks. Our 2016 result saw us get 5 more marks. We have come up steadily each year and this year we achieved 320 out of 450.
During October and November volunteers will be doing the background work. We meet regularly to plan our weeks ahead, to share ideas, to highlight items that others have attended to and sometimes to highlight black spots we have noticed as we go around town.
If you would like to join our volunteers any time please let us know. Perhaps you can see an opportunity and help us gain those extra marks.
Tidy Towns Competition Adjudication of 2016 is available online to read anytime.
Our adjudication took place on two separate days June 12th and August 13th. The adjudicators wrote a report under several headings.
This week we have extracted One section which we feel is worthwhile sharing. The adjudicator outlines within it the extent to which our Tidy Towns group involves many in the community.
In this section we received 49 marks out of 60.
Community Involvement and Planning
Many thanks for your extremely comprehensive submission and clear map all carefully sealed in a plastic folder which were very useful on adjudication day. The cover photograph on your submission entry form of the Famine Pots was extremely poignant.
Your introduction made for very interesting reading and the importance of the pleasure craft industry is obviously a most significant and important to the town.
In recent years the town has become extremely important from an arts and crafts perspective. The annual raft race looks like a lot of fun.
The Tidy Towns Committee seems like a very organised group to judge from your description of your frequent meetings and organisational days.
The schools art competition seems like a very good idea as does your Best Kept Estates competition, which hopefully will bear fruit-competitions such as these have proved very successful in towns and villages throughout the country in the past, so it is good to see that they are being re-activated.
The idea of using social media is an innovative and clever one. You would appear to have a very strong working relationship with both Leitrim County Council and Roscommon County Council, due to your unique geographical location, which must be very useful in terms of getting things done!
The concept of the calendar was a good one and we were pleased to hear that you had donated proceeds to the Historical Society in order to help them with their fine work at the Famine Graveyard.
You appear to have a deal of support in terms of sponsorship from the local businesses in the area.
Congratulations on your Purple Flag Award. It is indeed an achievement to keep the town bright and clean when it is such a popular destination for weekend nightlife.