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Local Tidy Towns Honoured at Awards

Carrigaline and Passage West Tidy Towns were honoured at the recent Cork County Council Anti-Litter Awards.

Cork County Council recently welcomed 150 community volunteers to Cork County Hall to celebrate the return of the Council’s Anti-Litter Challenge. 22 towns and 64 villages entered this year’s competition which acknowledges and supports the efforts of local groups and volunteers in the fight against litter. Each entrant was scored and ranked based on extensive assessments from Cork County Council workers earlier this year.

Liam O'Connor accepting the award on behalf of Carrigaline Tidy Towns

Speaking at the awards presentation, Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Frank O’Flynn, praised the immense voluntary effort of the community volunteers. “The standard was extremely high this year. In some locations, judges detected little or no litter. Across the county, the considerable effort of volunteers in keeping our towns and villages clean and beautiful is clear to see. Tackling litter in our communities has many benefits: it brings people together in common cause, improves the quality of life of residents, and makes places more attractive for visitors. Congratulations to all.”

Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey added, “As we celebrate the 24th year of the Anti-Litter Challenge, it is clear that the same sense of civic pride and community spirit remains in communities right across the county. The awards ceremony is the culmination of this year’s competition and is an important opportunity for Cork County Council to acknowledge the vital contribution of communities in tackling litter. None of this would happen without considerable voluntary effort. The hard work, energy, and enthusiasm of all volunteers is greatly appreciated.”

Liam O’Connor, of Carrigaline Tidy Towns said “We were delighted to win the Top award in the Large towns category, A huge effort was put in during the judging period last May and June. All the hard work paid off.”

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