THE chairman of the All Island Pride of Place competition and an adjudicator from Tidy Towns Ireland joined representatives of 24 Clare community groups at an information evening held in Áras Contae an Chláir, recently.
The event, hosted by Clare County Council, acknowledged the positive work that Tidy Towns groups are doing across the county, in a voluntary capacity.
Mayor of Clare Pat Daly stated, “This event provided me with an ideal opportunity to acknowledge the positive work that is taking place in all our towns and villages by these groups. Their positive contribution is of particular significance in 2013, the year of The Gathering, during which we need to continue to present our county and country in the best possible light, as a clean and green destination to live in, do business in and visit. Clare County Council will continue to support these groups”.
Deputy Clare County Manager, Anne Haugh explained the purpose of the information evening was to provide Tidy Towns groups with a valuable networking opportunity and to enable them to tap into beneficial advice and support from fellow participants, previous winners as well as the various council resources.
“Clare’s Tidy Towns groups make a positive contribution to the improvement and appearance of our towns and villages. To this end I am pleased to announce that Clare County Council has appointed one of its staff, Betty Devanny, as Tidy Towns coordinator. Betty will act as a special resource and point of contact for all Tidy Towns groups. With the closing date for submission of entries to the Tidy Towns Competition on May 23 next, I would hope that this event is timely also in its potential to positively influence and strengthen the applications of participating communities,” Ms Haugh concluded.