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Ireland’s Tidiest Town hosts Tidy Towns Seminar 2016

 

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Making a clean sweep: Seamus Neely, Donegal County Council, Cllr Michael McBride, Cllr. Niamh Kennedy, Suzanne Bogan, Donegal County Council, Denis Doyle, Letterkenny Tidy Towns Committee, Anne O'Leary, Tidy Towns Competition Adjudicator, Cllr. Ciaran Brogan, Cathaoirleach, John Gallagher, Donegal County Council, John McCandless, Donegal County Council, Anne McGowan, Letterkenny Tidy Towns Committee and Fiona Kelly Donegal County Council at the Tidy Towns Seminar 2016 held on Monday last in the Radisson Hotel Letterkenny and hosted by Donegal County Council.  Brushes courtesy of Letterkenny Tidy Towns Committee.

 

Donegal’s 2016 Tidy Towns Seminar took place on Monday afternoon in Ireland’s tidiest town, Letterkenny.  The seminar, which was hosted by Donegal County Council, took place in The Radisson Hotel with over 50 people attending.

 

In his opening address the Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Ciaran Brogan welcomed all the participants to the event stating “as a Letterkenny man myself, I am delighted to welcome all of you to Ireland’s tidiest town and I am especially delighted to welcome Anne O’Leary, a national adjudicator in the Tidy Towns Competition.”

 

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Anne O'Leary, National Adjudicator in the Tidy Towns Competition addressing Donegal County Councils Tidy Towns Seminar 2016 on Monday last in the Radisson Hotel Letterkenny

 

He added “I would like to congratulate the representatives of all the Tidy Towns on the work they do day in day out to keep their own towns and villages in tip top shape”.

 

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Cllr. Ciaran Brogan, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Denis Doyle, Letterkenny Tidy Towns Committee, Anne McGowan, Letterkenny Tidy Towns Committee and Cllr. Michael McBride at Donegal County Councils Tidy Towns Seminar 2016 on Monday last in the Radisson Hotel Letterkenny.

 

The Cathaoirleach also paid tribute to the work of the Council staff and mentioned in particular the Councils Litter Wardens.  He stated that “these staff work at the coalface doing what is at times a very difficult job.  However, by working hand in hand with communities across the county, our litter wardens are working hard to tackle the scourge of illegal dumping and littering that continues to blight our county”.

 

Seamus Neely, Chief Executive of Donegal County Council echoed the sentiments expressed by the Cathaoirleach and acknowledged the great work being done by Tidy Town Committees throughout the county. 

 

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Members of the audience who attended Donegal County Councils Tidy Towns Seminar 2016 on Monday last in the Radisson Hotel Letterkenny.

 

“The contribution made by these committees and by their many volunteers is vital in terms of supporting not only the social fabric of our towns and villages but also in supporting the economic development of our county.  Tourism is an important sector for Donegal and if we are to continue to promote Donegal as an ideal holiday destination then we must ensure that we can provide a positive experience for our visitors and the beauty of our natural environment and of the built environment of our towns and villages have a huge role to play in creating this positive visitor experience.

 

Anne O’Leary, a national adjudicator with the Tidy Towns Competition provided the participants with plenty of food for thought with her presentation on what adjudicators are looking for when they visit competing towns and villages during the competition.  She included examples of best practice from various locations around the country and gave tips and advice on how to make the best use of existing streetscapes and iconic buildings.

 

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Members of the audience who attended Donegal County Councils Tidy Towns Seminar 2016 on Monday last in the Radisson Hotel Letterkenny

 

Fiona Kelly and Suzanne Bogan from Donegal County Council provided the audience with information on incorporating sustainable waste and resource management principles and good practice techniques within the work of the committee.  This area has become increasingly important in the overall competition and committees were urged to look at ways to increase their scores by introducing new practices into their ongoing activity.

 

In his address, Jonathon Officer from The Radisson Hotel Letterkenny provided an interesting business perspective and gave details of the various actions that the Radisson Hotel has put in place to manage their resources in a more sustainable way.  He encouraged committees to work with businesses as well as residents in their local areas and clearly demonstrated that good sustainable practices also made good business sense.

 

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Donegal County Councils Litter Management Team at the Tidy Towns Seminar 2016 on Monday last in the Radisson Hotel Letterkenny.  L to R: Paddy Kenney, Pearse McCrory, John Gallagher, Kevin McMenamin, Brian McBrearty, John McCandless and Martin Roarty.

 

The seminar concluded with participants being encouraged to visit a number of stands including the Letterkenny Men’s Shed project, Letterkenny Tidy Towns Committee, Donegal County Councils Litter Management Team and representatives from the Councils Communications Office.

 

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