Portarlington a hive of activity for latest Gavin visit

It was all go in Portarlington last weekend, when the much awaited “Big Weekend” arrived, and celebrity gardener Diarmuid Gavin and his filmcrew came to town.

It was all go in Portarlington last weekend, when the much awaited “Big Weekend” arrived, and celebrity gardener Diarmuid Gavin and his filmcrew came to town.

Saturday kicked off bright and sunny with the annual Tidy Towns clean-up. 700 bags were filled in two hours, and afterwards many volunteers arriving at the Dirty Old Town office on Main Street, hungry for more work, spurred on by the public appeal for help.

The many areas targeted included the Derryounce Walk, the empty apartments at St Brigid’s Terrace, Scouts Wood and the environs of the train station. Hi vis jackets, tools and paintbrushes were handed out and everyone young and old got stuck in to improving their town.

An army marches on its stomach however, and everyone took a break to eat food donated by local supermarkets, The social services centre was kindly made available as a pop up restaurant, and Kieran Dunne had the job of making sure everyone got fed, watered and quickly back to work.

See this week’s Offaly Express for full reports and photographs from Portarlington. Now on sale on Tuesdays.