Inaugural Meeting of Athlone Schools Tidy Towns

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The inaugural meeting of the Schools Tidy Towns took place in The Bower on 25th October.
The full committee has representatives from four out of the five secondary schools in addition to Lorainne
Derwin WCC Community Warden and Athlone Tidy Towns School Liaison Officer.

The schools committee will not only support existing Tidy Towns projects but also engage in projects themselves consistent with the tidy towns ethos.

1916 Community Garden of Remembrance and St. Mary’s N.S

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Following on from the planting of the flower beds by 8 of the local national schools St. Mary’s NS have agreed
to maintain these flower beds over the next 12 months.
This work began on Wednesday 5th October with the planting of winter flowers.
Athlone Tidy Towns wish to express their appreciation to the School Principal Joan Travers Hind , Vice Principal Ailish Mc Manus and teacher/green school’s coordinator Joanne Maher and of course the twelve pupils of St. Mary’s for undertaking this project for our community.

A Big Thank You to all who contributed to the 1916 Community Garden of Remembrance

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Landscaping and open Spaces
Project : Athlone Tidy Towns to create a 1916 community Garden of Remembrance (Oct 2015—–May 2016)

Financial Contributions Athlone Tidy Towns 40% of the cost
Grant from Dept. Arts Heritage and Gaeltacht/ WCC 33% of cost
Donations from the Business Community 27% of cost

Participants : Athlone Tidy Towns, Westmeath County Council,Horticultural Section National Learning Network, Stepping Out group National Learning Nework,Ryan Nixon, St Maryai??i??s NS, St Peterai??i??s NS, St. Hildaai??i??s Special School.St Paulai??i??s NS,Dean Kelly NS,Coosan NS,Cornamaddy NS,Scoile na gCeithre Maistri. St. Hildaai??i??s Work Therapy Unit.

Features : We took our centrepiece design from the Dermot Gavin designed Macdonagh Garden

The seven trees representing the seven signatories are common oaks.
Proclamation is in Black Granite.
We added one additional feature 7 pyrographic images of the signatories , one at each tree for the official opening. It is planned to display these in the Civic Centre .

Official Opening was on May 7th

Litter Pick next Wednesday 15th June

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Athlone Tidy Towns Committee are planning a litter pick and general tidy up in all areas and on approach roads to the town onAi??ai??i??Wednesday evening 15th June from 7pm to 9pm.

ai??i??Coordinators will provide bags andAi??glovesAi??and information on assembly points.Ai?? Bags will be removed when tidy up is complete.Ai??Volunteers are needed in all areas.

For further information please contact your local ResidentsAi?? GroupAi??or phoneAi??087 6305973, 087 2888344, 087 9035206.

Please be advised household rubbish will not be accepted.


Information Evening Invasive Species 14th June 2016

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Westmeath County Council is hosting an Invasive Species Information Evening 14th June 2016 in the
Aidan Heavey Public Library. Start at 6.30pm Guest Speaker: Kieran Cummins. For more information contact
or telephone 044 93 32125


St.Aloysius College raises their Green Flag for Water

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On 27th May committee members of Athlone Tidy Towns , Lorainne Derwin of WCC and St. Aloysius College
celebrated the raising of their third green flag – the water flag.

“It was great having the members of the Athlone Tidy Towns committee present to raise the Third flag for St. Aloysius College.
This is our first water flag. The school was chosen as the Regional winner for the Midlands Region.”

Best wishes

Bat Walk /Talk in Shamrock Lodge hotel 31st May at 8:30 pm

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Bat Walk /Talk in Shamrock Lodge hotel 31st May at 8:30 pm


Athlone Secondary Schools unite to tackle litter

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Athlone Secondary Schools unite to tackle litter
The five secondary schools in Athlone – The Marist, The Community College, Summerhill, St. Aloysius & The Bower joined forces with Athlone Tidy Towns to tackle the litter problem in their schools. Their campaign was supported and strengthened by a visit from An Taisceai??i??s Spring Clean Ambassador, Sarah McGovern Vaughan who addressed each group and recognised the significance of their efforts.
The joining of these forces led to specific areas being designated and the clean up being carried out by the students and members of Athlone Tidy Towns. Shay Hamilton of Athlone Tidy Towns stated ai???it is vital that the youth are involved in this initiative ai??i?? to make them aware of the need to take personal responsibility and the difference that this type of action can makeai???. He continued that ai???in 2015 Athlone Tidy Towns scored 43 out of a possible 90 marks in the Tidy Towns competition and the adjudicatorai??i??s report stated ai???the work you have done and the measures you have taken in educating the public and most importantly involving the school children have earned you an increase in marksai???ai???. Mr. Hamilton confirmed the groupai??i??s commitment to continuing their work in this area and their interest in working with and supporting each of the schools within the area. He also stated that the group provide assistance to schools to carry out litter audits and reviews within the school if desired.
Sarah McGovern Vaughan, Ambassador for National Spring Clean and model stated ai???Itai??i??s heartening to see such a swell of support for National Spring Clean year after year. The campaign is all about schools and communities around the country working together and taking pride in their own patch and this combination of the schools & the Tidy Towns Group is a superb way to maximise the benefits and results of this initiativeai???. She concluded ai???I would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who dedicated their time to support this yearai??i??s National Spring Cleanai???.
National Spring Clean Campaign is organised by An Taisce and is supported by Westmeath County Council. Ruth Maxwell, Environment Department, stated ai???this year the Council has supplied pickers, hi vis vests, bags & gloves to groups all over the county and the Municipal Districts remove and dispose of the rubbish collectedai???. National Spring Clean is a national event and runs for the month of April each year. For more information see:

Our Birdcam up and running for 2016

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See below images of our Blue Tit (Parus caeruleus)

Water School of the Year Award- St. Aloysius College

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Congratulations to all in St. Aloysius College from Athlone Tidy Towns. The College has just been awarded
” The Eastern Midlands Region Water School of the Year.”
The school is one of only four secondary schools chosen nationwide.

Representatives from the school will be invited to attend an award cermony on May 4th in Dublin.
There will also be the the chance to be awarded the title of National Water School of the Year 2016.
Once again congratulations to Kevin and the committee.