All hands on deck in Mountmellick

As JUDGING looms, the Mountmellick Tidy Towns committee are asking the entire community to get behind them in their efforts to boost marks this year.

As JUDGING looms, the Mountmellick Tidy Towns committee are asking the entire community to get behind them in their efforts to boost marks this year.

As well as sweeping, planting flowers, weeding and daily watering, the hard working committee have installed three tier wooden planters around the town this year. The Christmas Tree Committee are installing a special seat and floral display under the tree in O’Connell Square, the committee are donating paint to to housing estates to smarten up their common walls.

“We are asking people to do their own places, national judges will start coming from any time now. We will do whatever we can for the next month. We have a limited budget, but its a co-operative thing, we work with the community employment scheme, and the local area council workers,” said Maura Reddin.

Last Saturday morning, staff of SuperValu got out to help paint the walls of Connolly Street and replant the roundabout, assisted by residents of the estate, including Helen Kearney.

“We are glad to get the extra help, we cut the grass ourselves but most of my neighbours are elderly, the wall badly needed painting and they wouldn’t be able to get out and do it themselves,” she said.

The committee are again holding a local Tidy Towns competition this year, with judging in July.

“We are asking people to come out for both the local and the national competition. We hope all estates will get involved in tidying up and planting flowers and shrubs. It’s our fourth year and the standard is improving every year,” said Ger Lynch.

The committee are holding a church gate collection this coming weekend, and are looking for a new main sponsor and extra volunteers this year to help give the town a boost. Call Maureen at 087 9717192.