Ballynacally Tidy Towns Page
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2016 Season chasing the silver
Tidy Towns has kicked off the physical season with the spring clean week in April in conjunction with an taisce. Many meetings have been held during the winter months, putting together the plan for submission for the tidy towns competition for 2016. The flower colour schemes have been chosen & the flowers were maturing in the tunnel until late May. Many perennials have been planted in flower beds throughout the village to create all year round interest & to minimise the use of summer bedding plants & therefore watering during the season. The DSP workers ( formerly known as Fás ) have been busy, painting walls, gates, cutting grass, pruning hedges, sweeping road verges & repairing stone walls, etc. A lot more work has to be done before judging takes place in June/July & August & we are looking for volunteers with a little spare time to help out on our work evenings, which are Tuesday's & Thursdays from 7-9pm. Works include painting, weeding, watering etc. Please consider helping us, contact us through our facebook page above or here
Bronze again for Ballynacally
After securing a Bronze medal in 2014, Ballynacally were awarded bronze again this year and with the high point score of 312 just missed out on a Silver Medal. We again topped our category and also came 4th in the County from 41 Entries beaten only by Ennis Kilrush and Mountshannon. The committee will receive €400 prize money for their placing.
The prestigious awards were announced by Mr. Alan Kelly, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, in the Helix at Dublin City University on Monday, 28 September 2015.
Ennis (321) and Kilrush (320) have both been awarded Gold Medals, finishing just 2 and 3 marks respectively off the overall competition winner, Letterkenny (323).
Mountshannon won Silver (315) and there were Bronze Medals for Ballynacally, Kilkee, Tuamgraney and Quin. Clarecastle won an Endeavour Award, while Ennis, Kilrush and Mountshannon claimed the County Awards.
Cllr. James Breen, Cathaoirleach of Clare County Councilsaid: “The performance of Clare’s Tidy Towns participants is a tribute to communities across the County who carry out work throughout the year to enhance the appearance of their local areas. The strong spirit of volunteerism and community pride is evident for all to see and has helped to make Clare an attractive visitor destination and place to live.”
“I wish to particularly acknowledge Clare’s medal winners who have worked extremely hard in various public areas to create and maintain flowerbeds, keep streets tidy, cut grass and pick up litter. Regardless of whether or not they have received an award in the national Tidy Towns competition, each of Clare’s other Tidy Towns participants are already winners for the huge positive contribution they have made to their localities,” added the Cathaoirleach. (source; The Clare Herald)
Read the adjoudicators report Click here
And download the results book here
Ballynacally Tidy Towns Committee held an Open Night and Information Evening at the Community Centre recently. Chairperson Maureen Hayward discussed the plan for the coming year, invited suggestions from those present and discussed the Tidy Towns Adjudicators Report from 2014 highlighting the areas where improvements could be made. A talk was held on the bat population in our area and a demonstration of the different species was shown, a bat walk will take place in early July and also a historical walk with Dolores Griffin was announced. On local history, Mary Hester gave an intriguing talk on local place names and School principal Conor lynch announced the schools success in being awarded its second green flag & he pledged to help the Tidy Towns in any way he could. Local representatives Oliver Garry and PJ Kelly also spoke at the event. It was a very informative evening rounded off with tea and a fine assortment of cakes.
Ballynacally Tidy Towns Committee organised a guided Heritage Tour of our village. The walk began at Kilchreest cemetery on Sunday Jun 7th & finished at Ballycorick Church. It was led by local historian Dolores Meaney and was followed by light refreshments at the Five Arches.
We alsoorganised a bat walk in Early July. A member of the bat protetion society David Lyons with his bat scanners gave an informative talk on our bat population and after equiping a number of locals with bat sonar scanners the group set off on foot to the shore to locate different species of this harmless but often feared creature who comes out at dusk to hunt midgets, moths etc. Although not blind, this delicate mamal navigates the air with its ultrasonic hearing. The walk was a success and many bats were heard and seen on route to the shore.
A bedding plant sale took place on the 6th June after mass to help raise funds for the tidy towns. This full proceeds of this sale will be ploughed back into the community
During the winter months the committee have been discussing plans for the 2015 season and have looked at the reports compiled by the Tidy towns judges. Ballynacally topped group B last year and the plan is to try to stay there.
With summer fast approaching a number of members held their annual walk-about in the village to finalise plans for this seasons competition. There is a lot of work each year just in maintenance, but its enjoyable work and it social. New projects have also be planned along with the projects already outlined in our 3 year plan. Advice from last years adjudicators must also be acted upon.
Each year we have many work evenings where we paint gates/walls, clean signposts, plant flower beds, water and weed flowerbeds etc throughout the summer, we really need and would appreciate your help on these evenings to share the workload, these are social events so please help by texting 087 9865097 to volunteer some time.
To get an idea of what kind of work is involved why not have a look at our galleries to the left to view some of last years work, hopefully we captured everyone involved and all projects.
National Spring Clean
Ballynacally National school Children were out in support of National Spring Clean in April 2015 in conjunction with An Taisce who are Ireland's largest and most popular anti-litter initiative, aiming to raise awareness on the problem of litter nationally . Members of the Tidy Towns were there to help out. We will be receiving a NSC certificate . "Check out the link here"
Development/Tidy Towns Fundraiser 2014
In November 2014 the Development and Tidy Towns held a joint fundraising pub quiz in the village. The quiz was well organised by the dual committees and a great social night was had by all who attended. Their was 16 spot prizes for the raffle and 3 prizes for the quiz including a first prize of 4 vouchers for afternoon tea at the Temple Gate Hotel, fuel vouchers from Kelly's clondegad for 2nd prize and selection of confectionary for third prize. The Joint committees are very thankful to those who took part.... and to all local business who sponsored prizes. The profit on the night was 400 euro..... "Click me " for Images of the night .....
Ballynacally scoops overall award in Clare in bloom 2014
Clare in Bloom is targeted at local groups who are actively involved in the improvement and enhancement of their areas. At a busy ceremony held in the County Council Offices on the 13th October, the hard work involved throughout the village over the summer has paid off for both householders and committe members as Ballynacally won the top prize in the Clare in Bloom competition.
The award criteria for the competition included; visual impact, range of planting, litter control and waste management, community involvement, energy initiatives and overall impression. More details on the Clare Herald's page here
Work for next years Tidy Towns competition however will also begin soon and if you have an interest in helping out please talk to one of the committee members or email us here
You can read the detailed report HERE ...... More photos later......
Earlier in the year
Tidy Towns 2014 preparation began in November with a series of meetings. The public were invited to a meeting early December. Bag packing in Dunnes Stores followed on the 15th December as a fundraiser. The Focus this year is a fresh start and rebuilding after a break from the competition. An informal committee of 13 will carry out the work this year, there is always a need for more help so please feel free to lend a hand, contact any member of the committee shown across if you would like to get involved in any way.......The committee decided that new hanging baskets are badly needed and purchased these baskets (24) through individual sponsorship, (see right).
A detailed submission was put together by all members of the committee and submitted for competition. On the 26th and 27th of May all home grown flowers were taken from the tunnel and planted in various locations around the village including in the long life self watering hanging baskets. Many more people came out to help with this planting event and their was a great sense of community on these 2 evenings. Pictures available here soon......
Used Clothing Collection
The committee held a used clothing collection this year to raise funds (over €600). Items of clean unwanted clothing, pairs of shoes, handbags or accessories, also bed linen, towels, curtains, belts, soft toys, books (not school books), magazines, laptops fully intact and mobile phones but no household bric a brac were greatfully received into the Community Centre over a period until the 25th April. See collection pics here
Another collection will be held in Sptember see poster HERE
We are hoping to purchase 24 long life self-watering hanging baskets, this will take a lot of the work away as watering is a daily operation which takes time. We are very thankful to those who have purchased 12 baskets so far, only 14 left to sell. Work is done in the tunnel, potting flower plugs for the summer ahead while stone flower beds are currently being built by our local Fas team at the forge cross.
- New hanging baskets
- New stone permanent flower beds.
- Continue with the Tidy Towns competition, this years theme being to maximise community involvement
No new flower beds were added last year. Focus was placed on the quality of the flowers used. A new layout at the recycle Bank beside the Community Centre has been augmented with decorative floral arrangements. Also flower beds at the Forge Cross have been redesigned with a flower tower design.
Wildlife & Natural Amenities
In recent years a major focus was on implementing measures to both educate the general community with regard to the wildlife found locally and also implement measures to develop wildlife habitats. A new Wildlife Display Board has been erected at a new amenity area at the village entrance. Also butterfly bushes and sunflowers have been provided to sustain local wildlife. Lavender window boxes have been places at the cottages on the Fair Green.
Flowers & Hanging Baskets
The flowers for Tidy Towns are managed by a team dedicated to choosing colour schemes, managing the re potting of the plugs in the tunnel in March/April, to managing the various plants in the tunnel and glasshouse until they are ready for placing in their designated flower beds, hanging baskets or window boxes for sowing in early June. Thanks to Gerard Moran for the offering the use of his poly tunnel
Litter is managed by a number of litter patrol teams assigned a specific area to check on regular areas. This year with the help of the FAS team we will again manage litter problems and hopefully we can continue to educate people who consider littering.
2013 in the Village
In the midst of the many fund raising events taking place, you may have noticed of an evening, groups of people carrying out various duties such as the watering of flowers, painting, weeding etc. These are our new Tidy Towns crew who are responsible for all the flowers that are making our Village look so well. Amongst other things they have also repainted the row of cottages in the fair green which now look very fresh & well presented. Various areas have been power washed prior to painting and have you noticed the front of the white cottage (O'Grady's) on the main road adjacent to the fair green? click here to view.
Not forgetting the FAS team who cut grass and remove litter, a full time job. They also engage in other works as directed by the Tidy Towns committee and we are thankful for their help. The ethos of Tidy Towns is not striving to win competitions, (although thats a bonus & helps with focus) nor is it about a set team of people working within the village. It is the combined efforts of many groups, young and old, householders, the Fas team, those who plant, water, care for the shrubs and flowers, those who paint, collect litter, plan, tidy and clean. These people are spread across the village and further afield. Most of all, Tidy Towns is about community and the door is always open to people who would like to get involved and are happy to help out, many hands make light work. Have a look at our Tidy Towns page for more info and some of the work in action can be seen in our galleries. Maybe we will see you in our galleries next year.
Work is continuing this year in Tidy Towns with a mostly new and enthusiastic group eager to get out and be more involved with our community. The FAS crew are still doing us proud while many volunteers are preparing for flower sowing, usual clean ups and are planning for future events. Recently in conjunction with National spring cleaning day the National school children were out to help in the drive to keep the village litter free. Littering is becoming more and more socially unacceptable and so litter levels have declined but we still have a few who do not realise this and so our litter patrols will continue. Have a look on our Tidy Towns page and our Gallery page for more information and pictures.