Secret Garden 2 2020

Some more nature photos from an urban garden


National Competition cancelled

The 2020 Tidy Towns Competition has been cancelled, like so many other things affected by the virus.

Secret Garden 2020

Some photos and video from an urban garden.

Spring Clean 2020

Message from Gary Brady Environmental Officer LCC . “Hope ye are keeping safe and well, just a quick update on National Spring Clean 2020. Due to the current restrictions in relation to the Covid 19 virus, groups are not allowed to gather together and we must all do our utmost to stay at home and stay safe. Therefore the 2020 Spring Clean has been postponed until after the restrictions have been lifted. Therefore I am suggesting that people would take this time to perhaps clean up a stretch of road 200-300 metres either side of their home. This should only be done if it is safe to do so keeping social distancing and only with family members. It might be a good way to get the family out of the house for a walk in this nice weather and do a little good for the environment.”


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.