Spring Clean 2017

A big thank you to all who came out to help today(and earlier in the week) with our Annual Spring Clean. As usual we found tonnes of stuff on the highways and byways. A word of thanks too to Gary Brady and Longford County Council for supplying pickers, bags and gloves. Ciaran Callaghan supplied the skip, which we managed to pack full.

Tidy Towns Meeting – 1st March

Tidy Towns Meeting

1st March 2017 8.00 p.m.

Attendance: Tom Dooley (Chairman), Kathleen McGrath, John McGerr, Brian Smith, Eileen Spillane, John Cahill (Secretary), Gerard Greene.

Apologies received from: Harry Reynolds (Treasurer), Beatrice Patterson, Tom Victory.

Chairman Tom Dooley:

Tom outlined to the meeting the costs involved with the maintenance of a total of nine planted areas (including weedkiller spraying/cutting back of overgrowth/planting conifers on the bypass).

He has met with Damien Gilchrist and showed him the areas in question. He is fully insured and V.A.T. registered. His quote for this year was considered competitive and Tom gave Damien the go ahead after consulting with H. Reynolds and J. Cahill.

Tom said that Beatrice had suggested laying weed barrier at Lisnageeragh Lane. Following a short discussion the meeting decided to go ahead.

Regarding the Spring Clean on Saturday March 11th Tom said that Eamonn Carty had organised some of his neighbours to do a cleanup in his area. Tom said that Callaghan’s will leave a skip by the school on Saturday morning and will collect it later that evening.

Tom said that Gary Brady, Longford County Council, Environment Section, confirmed a grant towards costs of the cleanup.

During a meeting of the Strategic Planning Group of Longford County Council, which he attended recently, the issue of replacing the railings at the traffic lights on Main Street was discussed. Firstly to replace the railings with heritage style railings is extremely expensive and is beyond the funding available from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Secondly as the style of the new library is to be contemporary and the surroundings of the library and street furniture going with it will be contemporary it follows that the railings should also be of a contemporary style. Of the drawings Tom had from that meeting we indicated one in particular would be our preference.

A second decision needed from us is whether four trees to be placed at the junction of Main Street and the N55 (at the traffic lights) should be planted directly in the ground or in planters. The decision is ours at it is likely we will be ones to water the trees. We decided on planter pots and again from a selection of drawings we chose one in particular with the size to be determined by the widths of the footpaths.

The above work (railings/trees) is expected to be finished by the end of April.

A further decision regarded the replacement of the seat at Curio Corner. John McGerr will check with Matt Farrell re the matching of seat design (again we were presented with variety of drawings of seats i.e. park benches, to choose from) with the new heritage signs which are currently in storage and which will be erected shortly.

Brian Smith Brian spoke about meeting the people who are renting the chipper and explained that we wish to have the water feature (top of Pound Street) working again. As the electricity feed comes from their premises they would need to be re-imbursed. Having spoken with Hughie McLoughlin (electrician) his understanding is that annual electricity consumption would be very low in the region of €10 to €20 annually Tom Dooley said he would be in agreement provided that we had something in writing. Brian will talk to this man again and also with Hughie McLoughlin.

Brian spoke about the clock at Curio Corner and how it’s light is not working at the moment. He will speak with Padraig McLoughlin regarding having the clock lit again.

Brian spoke about the need for a pedestrian crossing in Church Street. He said there is constant danger of an accident and in particular of a child being knocked down at the junction of Church Street and Main Street/Pound Street. Children after school often go into Philip Quinns for sweets and afterwards run across the end of Church Street towards the Library. Tom Dooley will raise this at a future Strategic Planning Group meeting.

Eileen Spillane:

Eileen enquired of progress re T.J. Doyle’s memorial seat. Tom Dooley said he would bring it up again with Joe Doyle and the Strategic Planning Group.

The meeting concluded at 8.55p.m.

Events 2017

Events for 2017 – more to be added – some items are subject to change of times and/or dates and some require more details to be added. Anyone who want to add an event can contact me.

AGM 2017

We held our AGM on Wednesday 8th February. Our longstanding chairman Tom Victory has stepped down after ten years in the role and we thank Tom for his great service over the past ten years. Tom Dooley, our former Secretary has been promoted to the role of Chairman while John Cahill steps into the role of Secretary. We discussed the year gone by, a successful one for the group , increasing our points again.
We also discussed this year’s plans. We resume our Saturday clean ups on February 25th – new faces welcome. On the 11th March we plan our annual Spring Clean, we had a great turnout in 2016 and hope to go better this year – any organisation or individual wishing to get involved can contact any of our group.
We plan to hold a Fun Run on the 17th April (Bank Holiday Monday) – we will have more details on this later.
The Breakfast Morning fundraiser will also go ahead this year – again, more details later.
Thanks again to all who turned up and we hope to see new faces in 2017.

Craft Fair & Xmas Lights 2016

Sunday 4th December was the date of the second Craft fair held in Edgeworthstown, featuring forty stalls offering a variety of homemade food, arts and crafts. Santa Claus attended as well for the children. The Fair was held in Edgeworthstown Community Centre and was a great success.

On the same evening Tidy Towns members along with members of the Fire Brigade and Edgeworthstown Traders provided stewarding for the switching on of the Christmas Lights. A large crowd came out to support the event and Santa and Mrs Claus made an appearance as well. Leanne Keegan, who plays for Mostrim Ladies GAA team, and was on the Longford Ladies team that won an All-Ireland title earlier in the year did the honours and turned on the lights.

Photos from the day below

Best Premises Awards Night 2016

On Friday 18th we held our second annual awards night – hosted by Gerry Lynn and the Sportsmans Inn. We had a good attendance and Tom Dooley presented the prizes.

1st Place – Jack’s Corner House

2nd Place – Conefreys Pub

3rd Place – John Rawle’s butchers

Hedgehog dens

Today we put up a couple of hedgehog dens  to assist hedgehogs in the area- to read more about hedgehogs – visit this site https://animalcorner.co.uk/animals/hedgehog/
Thanks to Tom Dooley and Beatrice Patterson for these.