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In Pictures: Abbeyleix Tidy Towns hosts Laois Federation of Tidy Towns Seminar

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Abbeyleix Tidy Towns hosted the Laois Federation of Tidy Towns Seminar recently.

The well-attended event kicked off with a tour of the village and community garden by Abbeyleix Tidy Towns veteran Mary White and continued long into the night.

Pizza hot from the pizza oven and African cuisine prepared by residents of the direct provision centre was served to guests from Tidy Towns Committees from across County Laois.

A demonstration of Reverse Vending Machines was made by Colin from the Return for Change campaign from VOICE Ireland.

These Reverse Vending Machines are due to be rolled out in supermarkets nationwide by the end of the year.

They will result in a significant reduction in litter from plastic bottles and cans as these will be subject to a refund when deposited at these machines.

Suzanne Dempsey, Environmental Awareness Officer, Laois County Council said: “The turnout at tonight’ event demonstrates the huge dedication that Tidy Towns Volunteers have for their communities.

“And they continue to make an enormous contribution to civic life in Laois and the seminar is just one way that the Laois County Council can support them.”

Debbie Nesbitt, Tidy Towns adjudicator for over 14 years and expert in the Sustainability category of the Tidy Towns Competition gave an update on developments in the competition and an overview of what judges are looking for in each of the eight categories.

People not directly involved in the competition may not realise that the Tidy Towns Competition is a rigorous competition covering a wide range of categories and groups are always looking for new volunteers to assist with projects that cover a range of interests.

Robbie Quinn from Abbeyleix Tidy Towns gave an inspiring presentation and offered huge insight into how they have become one of the top Tidy Towns groups in the country.

They had innovative projects in every category of the competition.

Anne Marie Maher, Sports and Leisure Officer with Laois County Council gave invaluable advice into sources of funding for project they may have been inspired to undertaken after the night’s presentations.

The generous spirit of the community of Abbeyleix was further evidenced by the presentation of goody bags containing local produce donated by local businesses to all attendees.

Photographer Michael Scully was on hand to capture some great images afterwards.

Check them out below:

Debbie Nesbitt
Photo: Michael Scully
Suzanne Dempsey
Photo: Michael Scully
Photo: Michael Scully
Colin O’Byrne ( VOICE)
Photo: Michael Scully
Colin O’Byrne ( VOICE)
Photo: Michael Scully
Colin O’Byrne ( VOICE)
Photo: Michael Scully
Photo: Michael Scully
Dr. Fiona Mac Gowan ( Consultant Ecologist)
Photo: Michael Scully
Dr. Fiona Mac Gowan (Consultant Ecologist)
Photo: Michael Scully
Dr. Fiona Mac Gowan (Consultant Ecologist)
Photo: Michael Scully
Zeah and Minenhle
Photo: Michael Scully
Dr. Fiona Mac Gowan (Consultant Ecologist)
Photo: Michael Scully
Zeah, Minenhle and Roen
Photo: Michael Scully
Dr. Fiona Mac Gowan (Consultant Ecologist)
Photo: Michael Scully
Mary White and Robbie Quinn
Photo: Michael Scully
Mary White (Abbeyleix Tidy Towns)
Photo: Michael Scully
Mary White (Abbeyleix Tidy Towns)
Photo: Michael Scully
Mary White (Abbeyleix Tidy Towns)
Photo: Michael Scully
Mary White (Abbeyleix Tidy Towns)
Photo: Michael Scully
Mary White (Abbeyleix Tidy Towns)
Photo: Michael Scully
Robbie Quinn (Abbeyleix Tidy Towns), Dympna Kennedy, Clr John Joe Fennelly and Angela Kennedy
Photo: Michael Scully
Tidy Towns delegates- Detta Mc Cartney ( Pike of Rushall), Barbara Lalor and Maura Reddin and Olive Kennedy
Photo: Michael Scully

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.