There were well deserved pats on the back at the recent Mountmellick Tidy towns awards ceremony.
The committee held their local awards night on Wednesday, September 7 in the Macra Hall, and the mood was bouyant as Chairperson Ger Lynch listed the town’s achievements over the year, which included ‘Best Overall’ in Category D of Laois Federation of Tidy Towns Awards and a rise of six marks in the national competition, to a total of 250. He thanked all those involved in making the year a success, with high praise for the committee, especially Alo Deffew and Joe Melia.
Also recognised were Laois County Council and Mountmellick Town Council, especially Pamela Tynan, Ger O’Mahony and his staff, the Community Employment Scheme and their supervisor Celine Dunphy, Mountmellick Environmental Group and Mountmellick Macra.
“A special word of thanks to Helen Hanson, our former Treasurer, who had stepped down this year. She has been involved in tidy towns for many years and at times it seems she was the lone voice of the organisation in the town. We wish her well in the future,” Ger said. He thanked all who took part and congratulated the winners, noting that 39 out of 42 areas entered the competition. He commended the two judges Frank Parker and Tom Joyce, remarking that they had a very difficult task, but were helped by their photographer and guide Paul Lalor. He also thanked the sponsors, announcing that the finance and structure is in place to run the competition again next year. Stephen Lynch, Chairperson of Mountmellick Town Council pledged their future support.
“In my view the town never looked so well,” he said. Michael Feeley, Manager of Mountmellick Credit Union, spoke on behalf of the sponsors.
“Visitors were very high in their praise both of the flowers and lack of litter. Compliments to the committee on such a high standard. The town looking well was the most important aspect of the competition,” he said. Fr McNamara PP recalled meeting Joe Melia picking litter and Alo Deffew maintaining flowers early on Sunday mornings. “While winning is great, the efforts of the community to enhance and uplift the town are the best result for me,” he said. Both adjudicators congratulated the committee and praised everyone for taking part in the competing, while recommending surprise judging days for next year, and afterwards all enjoyed a well earned cup of tea.