The energy, organisational ability, enthusiasm, and pride that was so evident in the Glebe Park and children’s playground Saturday morning last, proves the goodwill, nature and willingness to work amongst the young people. They were so interested in what they were doing, they were in no hurry home despite the many hours they had worked and the hunger pangs we all felt. The pride in their work and the results of same was immediately captured on the Roscrea pages of Facebook for all to see, without any contact or instruction to do so.
Bernie Walsh ,Eadaoin Coughlan, Raminta Derbutaite, Niamh Troy,
This growing phenomenon that is Junior tidy towns will meet the needs of many young twenty to thirty year olds who “hang out because they say they have nothing to do” and without support and encouragement they feel left out and disconnected. This opportunity will give them the support they need to become involved, will foster an interest and pride in their own town leading to ownership of same and any young people who are willing who would like to be involved, or give of their time and talents can give their names to members of the Junior tidy towns, - Keith, 0873404883, Billy 0863622455, Sharon 0876661575 , Michael 0851660508, Niamh 0862616049, David 0892341884, or Eadaoin 0879013535 (after school and work hours) or leave their names at the RSU office in Castle Street.
Chick Conlon & David Warren
Saturday morning the 28th February, 2015 was the Junior tidy towns first official morning working around the town, and with many projects now being planned, it is hoped to see much more of their creativity and young ideas coming to fruition in the various areas of the town as time and weather allows. Students from Coláiste Phobal have been carrying out surveys around the town in small groups with the help of their senior committee, and these will continue throughout the year.
There are no details to date of the criteria or requirements of the Junior Tidy Towns competition, however, the work being done at the moment by this group will be of benefit to Roscrea in the Overall Super Valu National Tidy Towns competition, and will it is hoped be part of the criteria for the Junior tidy towns competition also.
As a result of the clean up on Saturday, it was evident the surface matting was in perfect condition, and will not need replacing, with the exception of one or two spots, however, many swings, baskets and pieces of equipment have been stolen, or broken and removed. It would be important when the equipment is replaced, that the residents and young people would be extra vigilant and keep a check on activity around the park, and ensure that this playground is in keeping and up to the standard of similar playgrounds in nearby towns and villages.
Sharon and her Committee thank sincerely everyone young and old who turned out for the clean up, especially Bernie, Patrick and Cyril from the nearby Home Furniture Centre who kindly supplied water for power hoses from 9 am until 2 p.m.
Marie Warren from Slí Dhala who generously sponsored the power hoses, and David who brought along his friends and worked all morning until time caught up on him. Francis who gave of her knowledge and expertise pruning and tidying up the shrub bed with help from Raminta, Ava and Niamh on this. The young people love the flowers, and are looking forward to planting many more as the Seasons allow. The surprise on the morning was the arrival of tea and coffee from Derek, Chairperson of RSU, and Caroline’s home made tart went down a treat.
Billy Newman, Bernie Walsh, Frances Ewards, Keith Grimes, Chick Conlon, Sharron Kruse, Shane Lee, Niamh Troy, David Warren, Michael Guidera, Peter Wrenn Stephen Wrenn
The Junior tidy towns phenomenon is growing, and if you would like to be part of it, contact anyone of the above named, and help Roscrea win an award in this the first year of the Junior Tidy Towns competition, and also help Roscrea’s mark go up and up in the Senior Tidy Towns competition to bring our town, Roscrea up to “Gold Medal” standard.
NATIONAL TREE WEEK:
As we are now in National Tree week, and trees can be planted bare rooted during the month of March, it is not too late to organise planting a tree, or a few trees to mark an occasion or event and join the “Treeway around Roscrea” which was launched a few years ago, and people have already joined it by marking occasions. More information on joining the Treeway from Denis or Mary in Senior Tidy Towns.