Happy New Year to Everybody. Apologies for the lack of communication for last number of weeks. This is now to end. Back to regular updates and posts. I can here all the shouts of joy from here. So what better way to start a New Year than to reflect on the achievements of the previous year. There is so much to choose from. Well we had a very successful Anti Litter Challenge campaign this last year. We have an eye on first place for 2016. Then there is also the various projects that Tony Keneally, Wildlife Biologist has been heavily involved in with both the National and Secondary Schools. Also brilliant results in the National Tidy Town for this past year, only narrowly missing out on a Bronze Medal. Millstreet won a Pride of Place award in October. New Water Butts were placed throughout the Town, as were hanging baskets and Nest boxes. Let’s not forget about the new Footpaths. These are only a few of the amazing accomplishments achieved by volunteers, FÁS workers, Council Workers and many more. All kindly giving up their time and energy to make our town a wonderful place to live. So what are the hopes for 2016. Well aim high is what I think. Anyone fancy volunteering email, tweet, Facebook, there no shortage of ways to communicate your interest to us. There is always plenty of work to be done. So as we begin to see a stretch starting to creep back into the evening and the rain has finally stopped, I found a nice little New Year’s quote that kind of sums up the feeling really.
“Be More Awesome Than Last Year”
Millstreet Tidy Town Association are pleased to announce that Cork County Council will be upgrading the footpath from Barrett’s Corner down to Noel C. Duggan’s. This is a great success for the Millstreet Tidy Town Association as we have been lobbying Cork County Council to under take this work for some years now. Work will commence before the end of 2015 we are assured. As always we will keep you up to date with any information we receive regarding this work and when it is due to commence.
Millstreet Tidy Town are very proud to announce that this afternoon in The Helix in Dublin, it was announced that Millstreet received 302 points in the annual Tidy Town competition for 2015. This is an increase of 5 points on last years results. This is a huge achievement. So may thanks to all in all involved, big and small efforts made a lot of difference. Whilst we bask in the glow of this brilliant result, we must also bear in mind that we have plenty more work to do to prepare for next year. Only 20 points behind the overall winner Listowel, in our category. These points are precious and hard to achieve. Also we were only 1 point off receiving a bronze medal. So just think of what one small thing that you may have done that could have contributed to gaining that extra point. We are capable of most definitely achieving a Silver medal next year. So get the thinking caps on. New volunteers are always welcome, just send us an email, pm on Facebook or tweet if you like. Remember Tidy Town is all year, not just for the Summer. Congratulations to all involved. 2015 Adjudicator Results
Hot off the presses lads and lassies, Millstreet has just received 2nd place in our Category for Anti Litter Challenge 2015. Dunmanway placed 1st and Blarney placed 3rd, which is not bad company to be in at all. This is an amazing result. All the hard work and effort that the people of this town have put into this competition this year has really paid off. The place of 2nd place comes with a prize fund of €1200 which will go a long way to help Millstreet Tidy Town with their annual spend which can run up to €10000. So be very proud of yourselves people, even the smallest effort is so appreciated. Keep up the good work. We would also like to thank Cork County Council, sponsors of the annual competition. First place next year is on the horizon. The excitement is building, bring on the Tidy Town results and lest we forget the Best Commercial and Best Residential Competition the Millstreet Tidy Town are running this year.
On 3rd September, Thursday evening next, a representative group for Millstreet Tidy Town Association will be attending the results evening in Cork County Hall. We will find where we have placed in Anti Litter Challenge for 2015. Fingers crossed. If we win this the money which is in the prize fund will go along way to help Millstreet Tidy Town Association with the annual costs that are incurred each year. Here’s hoping for a good result.
In the words of Old Blue Eyes, “And now the end is near…” The final Litter Pick Up for 2015 is season is upon us. Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel, 7pm in The Square, Millstreet. Bags, Pickers and Gloves provided. Millstreet Tidy Town Association would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the stalwarts. To all those who come out on a Thursday evening week in week out. To all those who off their own backs are picking litter up on a DAILY basis. To all the lads in FÁS. To all those who have cleaned up even just outside their own houses and business premises. These people are an absolute credit to Millstreet Town and Millstreet Tidy Town are hugely grateful for the time and effort that these people go to keep Millstreet the beautiful town that it is. Thank you all very much.
Cork County Council have announced Garden and Floral Display Competition for 2015. The towns included are Millstreet, Mallow, Kanturk, Buttevant and Newmarket. There is a Prize fund for each town in each category. The categories are Best Overall Display – Housing Estate, Best Front Garden Display, Commercial Floral Display and between the 5 towns Best Overall Prizes. The entry fee is 5 euro and entry forms can be gotten from Carnegie Hall, here in Millstreet. So lets get planting people. We can totally win top prize in the overall categories. See Cork County Council website for full details. http://www.corkcoco.ie/co/web/Cork%20County%20Council/Departments/Environment%20%26%20Waste/News%20%26%20Events?did=302116191. Have fun planting and don’t forget that Millstreet Tidy Town are running Best Frontage and Best Commercial, judging throughout the summer months.
Millstreet Tidy Town Association are delighted to report that with the help of Millstreet Macra, and under the watchful eye of Gordon, the clean up at St Mary’s Cemetery was a huge success. There were lots of hard workers pulling weeds in the pathways, raking and edging as well. Colman was able to spray the paths this evening I left. It just goes to show with a little help we can achieve massive things. We hope to continue with these projects in the future and really hope that more people will come and volunteer. A massive thank you to Millstreet Macra and especially Lil Millstreet Macra, loads of work done this evening. A massive thank you to all involved.
Millstreet Tidy Town Association are very proud to announce that a 4000 litre Water Butt has been installed in the Town Park. This Water Butt will be used for the up keep of the many flowers that have been recently planted throughout the town with still more to come. This has been funded under the Cork County Council’s “Local Agenda 21” Scheme and of course installed with the assistance of our local FÁS CE Scheme. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all involved who helped to get the Water Butt installed. This really aids our efforts in water sustainability.
Calling all of you wonderful volunteers. The Millstreet Tidy Town Association are planning a clean up in St. Mary’s Cemetery on Thursday evening at 7pm. The pathways are in particular need a good clean up. Please bring along a hoe or a small shovel, we have plenty of weeding to do. Looking forward to seeing as many people as possible.