Towns and villages win the fight against litter

Borris in Ossory, represented by Jack Fahey, John Phelan and Fr. Jackie Robinson are presented with their award for winner in the Town Category of the Inter Community Litter Challenge 2013 awards by Cathaoirleach of LCC Mary Sweeney MCC and County Manager Peter Carey at County Hall, Portlaoise.Picture: Alf Harvey/hrphoto.ie
Borris-Kilcotton might have fallen just short in the hurling but Borris-in-Ossory made it a four in a row in the fight against litter recently.

Borris-Kilcotton might have fallen just short in the hurling but Borris-in-Ossory made it a four in a row in the fight against litter recently.

The 32 groups registered with the Laois Federation of Tidy Towns were cordially invited to attend the Environment Awards evening on Wednesday the 11th September 2013 in Áras an Chontae, Portlaoise.

The evening was held to celebrate the participation and achievements of the groups in the Laois Federation of Tidy Towns Competition and the Inter Community Litter Challenge.

Borris-in-Ossory was one of the big winners on the night with the village taking first place in the Inter Community Challenge.

Laois County Council Cathaoirleach, Mary Sweeney welcomed the groups and commended them on their invaluable contribution to the towns and villages of Laois. She noted the tireless voluntary work carried out to make Laois a nicer place to live, work and visit.

Kieran Kehoe, Director of Services noted the continued support and help given by Laois County Council Area Staff, street cleansing teams, County Horticulturist, Litter Wardens & Environment Section staff to the groups on an ongoing basis.

Noreen Byrne, Chair of the Laois Federation of Tidy Towns congratulated all her federation colleagues on another successful year at both local and national level.

County Manager, Peter Carey acknowledged the groups and thanked them for their continued involvement. He went on to commend them also on their performance at National level and noted the year on year improvement in marks for the groups and success in the competition.

Results

Inter Community Litter Challenge 2013

Town Category

Winner: Borris in Ossory (4th year); Runner Up: Mountmellick

Large Village: Joint Winners: Timahoe & Balaacolla

Small Village: Winner: Luggacurren; Runner Up: Clough

Laois Federation of Tidy Towns Competition 2013

Category A – Population > 200

Killasmeestia Tidy Towns

Category B – Population 200 - 1000

Killenard Tidy Towns

Category C – Population 1000 – 2000

Clonaslee Tidy Towns

Category D – Population - 2000

Abbeyleix Tidy Towns

Overall Winner: Killasmeestia Tidy Towns