‘Tidy Tullamore’ going from strength to strength

RESIDENTS associations, rural areas and local businesses will now do battle for a coveted ‘Tidy Tullamore’ prize as judging for the 2012 competition begins this month.

RESIDENTS associations, rural areas and local businesses will now do battle for a coveted ‘Tidy Tullamore’ prize as judging for the 2012 competition begins this month.

Now in its 11th year, 2012 competition was launched last week at Tullamore Credit Union and with already 38 entrants, more people are being urged to participate in the competition.

Mr. Tony Flanagan, Chairperson of Tullamore Credit Union, enthused that the competition continued “to go from strength to strength”. “We have been amazed at the success of this competition each year,” he said, noting the benefits of the competition, which “could be seen around the community”.

The chairperson pointed out the importance of having the town looking well. “It has never been more important to have the town looking so well. We live in a great town and having the town litter free, tidy and looking well will benefit all.” He extended a thank you to the competition’s co-sponsors, Tullamore Town Council. There are 38 entrants including 7 villages and 21 estates in the 2012 competition.

There will be a change to this year’s competition which will see the judges visit the applicants in May, June and July rather than June, July and August. According to Tullamore Credit Union manager, Denis Daly, the change of schedule is a response to feedback received last year.

“We hope that the prize money will be well used to improve the town, villages and local area,” the manager said. Mr. Daly noted the standards of the 2011 of last year’s competition as he thanked the judges for their continued work.

Cllr. Sinead Dooley, Chairperson of Tullamore Town Council, who co-sponsor the competition, was delighted to attend the event. “This competition would not be possible without the support of the Credit Union. “There is great community spirit over the months of the competition,” the councillor said as she wished the competitors well in the forthcoming competition.

“Thank you all for taking part and than you to the Tidy Towns committee for their part in this as well.Everyone, has one aim to make Tullamore a better place to work, live in and visit.”

Rose O’Keeffe, Community Liaison Officer, acknowledged the work being done on the ground by the various groups in the town. “It does give benefit to all the estates,” she said and also wished each entrant the very best of luck and “to keep up the good work”.

Ms. O’Keeffe will also be on hand to keep any entrants during the course of the competition.

Cllr. Tommy McKeigue, Chairperson of Tullamore Tidy Towns committee, believed that Tullamore wouldn’t have the status in the Tidy Town’s competition every year without the help from this local competition and urged residents to take responsibility for their “own patch” if they can.

The Town Councillor urged more business people to take part in this year’s competition as they will get “recognition of the work done”.

The competition is open to all residents associations, rural areas and businesses in the Tullamore Credit Union common bond area.

Competitors looking to participate in the competition are asked to download an entry form from Tullamore Credit Union’s website or by picking one up in the branch by the end of the week.