Project Updates 24-03-20

Paul Newell sent on these photographs. Three are of the Castlepollard Road. Work there is near completion and it has greatly improved the road for motorists and pedestrians using that stretch of roadway. The other photographs are of the Walks. They are sent as an update for the public. Mr Newell said that they are planning to erect the fence on the walks tomorrow.
Thank you to Paul Newell senior engineer with LCC and his team.

Spring Walk

Took my camera for a walk around town on a beautiful day. We had a lot of plans for this year, they had to be shelved but we will get through this, we have a great community.. stay safe everybody!

Covid-19 Update

Message from Tidy Towns:

Dear TidyTowns Group,


In line with instructions issued by Government of Ireland around the delay phase of the Coronavirus, it has been decided to defer the launch of the 2020 SuperValu TidyTowns competition which was originally scheduled for March 26th. We would encourage all TidyTowns groups to be vigilant and to adhere to guidelines and advice issued by the HSE and in particular around social distancing.


We will keep groups updated on developments following March 29th. We want to thank all groups and volunteers for their dedication and commitment and ask for your cooperation and understating as we work our way through these challenging times.



For Further Information the following resources may be of assistance.


  • The HSE website is the main source of information: It has the most up-to-date information on the Coronavirus, and it is updated daily.


  • The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC Website) has a helpful ‘Frequently Asked Question’ (FAQ) section, and it is also updated daily.


  • The current HSE advise is that practicing good hygiene is the best way to protect yourself from the Coronavirus:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol based hand rub if hand washing facilities are not available
  • If you are coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. Throw the used tissue away into a closed bin, and wash your hands. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your flexed (bent) elbow.


  • The HSE has also produced a short video on hand hygiene and the Coronavirus, it is available to view here.

Walks Project Update

Tom Dooley and John Cahill of ETT met with the Senior Engineer for Longford County council  Paul Newell today 26th Feb, in relation to the work on the “Walks”. Work is progressing on schedule.  A large amount of filling was drawn in to raise the floor level of the footpath. The walks will soon be ready for the final hardtop surface. Five new street lamps will be erected along the walks replacing the two existing lamps. A cycle track two metres  wide will run along the footpath. The cycle track will be extended from the walks to the entrance to St Marys Campus .
ETT are currently working on a proposal to extend the walks creating a greenway which will run from the estates on the Bracklin road to join up with the walks on the Granard road . The greenway will have a footpath and a cycle track , which will offer a safe route for children getting to school from the Bracklin side of the town.

Project Review

Niall Colleary, Estates Manager with the HSE visited the site of the walks today along with members of Longford County Council, Edgeworthstown Tidy Towns and Mary Boyle- Chairperson of Shannon Park Residents Association. The visit was to review the progress of the project and discuss any matters arising.


Left to right: Michael Carrigy (Longford CoCo), Paul Ross(Longford CoCo), Niall Colleary (Estates manager HSE), Paul Newell (Longford CoCo), Tom Dooley (Edgeworthstown Tidy Towns), Mary Boyle (ShannonPark Residents Association), John Cahill (Edgeworthstown Tidy Town)


Projects Updates 25-01-20

The work on the walks is continuing and is on schedule. We’d like to thank Paul Newell and his staff for keeping this on track. Also this week we took on the unruly hedges at the Pound Street end of the backs. We’d like to Carmel Noone and her Tús workers for trimming back the hedges, they uncovered a treasure trove of bottles, cans, bags and part of an exhaust. Today we swept up and weeded. More project updates to come.

Misuse of bins

The bins on the street are aimed at those people who need a place to get rid of a wrapper or a can or general ‘street’ rubbish. Increasingly though we are finding them being used for household rubbish. The photos show one bin in town, near the old Ulster Bank that was filled up sometime on the night of the 30th December last, jammed to the gills with household rubbish. This is a deliberate act. and meant to one of our volunteers had to empty this bin so it could be used for its intended purpose. We can only assume the person or person who did this refuses to pay for their own bins and, if these bins were not available, they would happily dump their rubbish in a ditch or by the road.