THE Mayor of Killarney has praised the great sense of cooperation and community endeavour that prevails in the town which has helped it to achieve Cleaner than European Norms status in the latest Irish Business Against Litter survey.
Killarney finished in third place overall, just behind Kilkenny and Athlone, and it was just one of nine towns and cities nationwide to achieve the sought after top rating.
Mayor Brendan Cronin has enthusiastically welcomed confirmation of Killarney’s standing following a detailed inspection of the town by adjudicators from An Taisce.
“The last six months has been challenging for everybody but it is good to see Killarney maintain such a high standing,” the mayor said.
“I would like to congratulate our municipal district staff and the volunteers who work tirelessly to keep our town looking so well.
“There is a great sense of community in Killarney and it is thanks to the co-operation and the coming together of so many different groups that the town has achieved this result,” he added.
Mayor Cronin remarked: “We have been faced with new challenges with face masks and gloves being an all too common sight on our streets and roads but we must continue to strive to keep our town and surrounding areas litter free.”
Meanwhile, Cllr Michael Gleeson – an active tidy towns volunteer for several years – described Killarney’s third place performance as “wonderful” and he too praised the council staff and volunteers.
“Some of us can remember when plastic signage and all sorts of litter diminished our special place. Visitors were oft times very upset that Heaven’s Reflex looked so downbeat,” he said.
Cllr Gleeson added: “Thankfully, the revolution has changed the dowdy into the splendid. Let’s all cooperate to make sure Killarney town, in its totality, and the approach roads will always reflect well the splendor of our natural environment”.
The Killarney Looking Good competition, launched in 1991 as a working group spearheaded by the former town council, has played a major role in totally transforming the image of Killarney.
From very simple beginnings, when it encouraged the use of hanging baskets and flower boxes, it developed into a real winning concept with great community buy-in and with the committee spearheaded by the determined Yvonne Quill, Killarney went on to win the overall award in the national tidy towns competition in 2011. And, to everyone’s credit, is hasn’t looked back since.
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