With the evenings stretching out and flowers coming into bloom, plans are now being put together in anticipation of the annual Tidy Towns competition. Many clubs around the county are kicking into gear and commencing their preparation for the event.
Athenry Tidy Towns group held its annual general meeting in preparation for the new season. Cllr Peter Feeney was elected chairman, and other officers are Tadhg Costello, vice chairman: Johnny Delaney, treasurer: Stephanie O'Regan, assistant treasurer: Celia Donnelly, secretary: Eddie DeVere, assistant secretary: Ann Gardner, PRO: Damian McGreevy, biodiversity officer: Des Glynn, horticultural officer: Paddy McGee, fundraising officer: Pat Doherty.
A large number of flower beds have recently been built and prepared for planting. A street cleaning machine has also been recently purchased. The planting will begin on Saturday morning at 8am at the railway embankment and volunteers are welcomed. Clean up groups will also be meeting in the town square every Tuesday and Thursday after Easter for an hour, beginning at 7pm.
The Claregalway Tidy Towns committee is also busy preparing for another entry into the competition. Work has been ongoing over the past two years and the first clean up of 2011 takes place on Saturday at the school car park. It strongly urges all community groups to aid in the clean up and is asking that signage is kept to a minimum in the area over the next few months.
Claregalway Tidy Towns committee is hoping more volunteers will oin the effort. For further information check out the Facebook page.