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

Posted ago by shay

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

Posted ago by shay

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 Mary’s NS, St Peter’s NS, St. Hilda’s Special School.St Paul’s NS,Dean Kelly NS,Coosan NS,Cornamaddy NS,Scoile na gCeithre Maistri. St. Hilda’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

Posted ago by Peggy
Athlone Tidy Towns Committee are planning a litter pick and general tidy up in all areas and on approach roads to the town on ​Wednesday evening 15th June from 7pm to 9pm.

​Coordinators will provide bags and gloves and information on assembly points.  Bags will be removed when tidy up is complete. Volunteers are needed in all areas.

For further information please contact your local Residents  Group or phone 087 6305973, 087 2888344, 087 9035206.

Please be advised household rubbish will not be accepted.


Information Evening Invasive Species 14th June 2016

Posted ago by shay

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

Posted ago by shay

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 Taisce’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 “it is vital that the youth are involved in this initiative – to make them aware of the need to take personal responsibility and the difference that this type of action can make”. He continued that “in 2015 Athlone Tidy Towns scored 43 out of a possible 90 marks in the Tidy Towns competition and the adjudicator’s report stated “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 marks””. Mr. Hamilton confirmed the group’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 “It’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 initiative”. She concluded “I would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who dedicated their time to support this year’s National Spring Clean”.
National Spring Clean Campaign is organised by An Taisce and is supported by Westmeath County Council. Ruth Maxwell, Environment Department, stated “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 collected”. National Spring Clean is a national event and runs for the month of April each year. For more information see: www.nationalspringclean.org.

Our Birdcam up and running for 2016

Posted ago by shay

See below images of our Blue Tit (Parus caeruleus)

Water School of the Year Award- St. Aloysius College

Posted ago by shay

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.

Athlone 1916 Community Garden Of Remembrance

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Please find attached illustration of our Garden which was completed by
the Artroom of Spectrum Signs for us.
This project would not have been possible without the imput of
so many people.

Our application seeking financial assistance for our garden was approved
from a grant scheme funded by Westmeath County Council and the
Department of Arts and Heritage and the Gaeltacht to specifically
support local projects and events held throught County Westmeath to mark
the centenary of the 1916 Rising

We would like to thank Westmeath Ireland 2016 Committee for this grant
and would also like to say a big thank you to the local business
community who donated monies towards this project.

* Viking Tours — Michael O’ Donnell
* Russell Brennan Keane
*Sheraton Hotel
*Spectrum Signs
* A. i. B.
* Athlone Tidy Towns.

ALL 1916 Gardens of Remembrance have the following common features
7 Native Trees ( we planted Common Oaks – Quercus robur – Oaks are
renowned for their longevity.)
1916 Proclamation in black granite
Flagpole + Tricolor.
Our own additions to the garden consisted of the ” Celtic Design” in
box hedging which is the focal point of the garden. This was the idea of
Seamus Mitchell of NLN who replicated the “Celtic Design” from the Dermot
Gavin designed Macdonagh Garden. The box hedging is consistent with
existing features at Athlone Castle,The Cresent Roundabout and
Ballymahon Rd.
The 100 white and 100 yellow primoses represent the 100 years and two
of the colors of our flag.
We plan to have the garden completed by 27th March 2016 .

As to the project itself this represents a collaboration between Athlone
Tidy Towns Westmeath County Council, National Learning Network The Work
Therapy Unit, Clr. Frankie Keena, Ryan Nixon and eight of our National

Westmeath County Council
Our thanks to Brian Fallon and fellow workers for their help at critical
times and especially during adverse weather conditions.
Our thanks to Pat Keating for his support and encouragement.
Thanks to Clr. Frankie Keena for his input , suggestions and feedback.

National Leaning Network
Our thanks to Seamus Mitchell and his team of 15 people who helped
prepare the site, and plant the box hedging

The Work Therapy Unit
Anne Marie ,Michael and Rosemary who had everything prepared for our
schools and attended on the day

Ryan Nixon who helped us on site with our trees, and planting , with the
building of our plinth for the proclamation and the installation of our

We thank the Principals of the 8 National Schools and the teachers and
assistants who accompanied the pupils on the day. We thank all the

The Schools
St Hilda’s
St. Peter’s NS
St. Paul’s NS
Coosan NS
Dean Kelly NS
Cornamaddy NS
St. Mary’s NS
Scoile Na Gceithre Maistri

The raising of the Flag and the reading of the proclamation will take place in Burgess Park at 3 pm on Saturday 7th May.