A civic reception to honour the recent successes of both Cobh and Glounthaune Tidy Towns was held by Cobh Municipality on Tuesday (9 January).
District Chairman Cllr Padraig O’Sullivan and members of the borough paid tribute to both committees.
Cobh Tidy Towns Chairperson, Ruth Ring received a certificate on behalf of her committee in recognition of the group retaining their gold medal status at last year’s Tidy Towns Competition.
In addition, the council presented a similar award to Glounthaune Tidy Towns, for their success in being awarded gold at the South West Regional Award for Communities and Waterways.
Cathaoirleach Cllr, O’Sullivan said he was delighted to be able to acknowledge the voluntary groups successes.
He commended both groups who, with the support of Cork County Council work tirelessly to improve their surroundings.
“It is hard work, its thankless work at times, but we don’t do it for people’s gratitude, we do it to make our area a better place to live. I can safely say in both Glounthaune and Cobh they are fantastic areas to live in.”
Chairperson of Cobh Tidy Towns, Ruth Ring said “Cobh is now the proud recipient of 3 Gold Medals, 3 Silver Medals and 1 Bronze Medal in the National Tidy Towns Competition. In 2017 Cobh retained its Gold medal that it had won in 2015 and 2016 with 323 points placing only 8 points behind the National winner, Ennis. Cobh also won an Irish Water award in 2016 in the Best Large Town Category. Cobh has been involved in the competition for over 40 years and the fruits of the labours of Cobh Tidy Towns volunteers and Cork County Council can be seen. The entire town benefits from the dedication of so many and in the words of an adjudicator “onwards and upwards for Cobh.”
While Chairperson of Glounthaune Tidy Towns, Conor O’Brien went on to say, “I want to thank the tremendous work of the volunteers in Glounthaune who have worked hard to get us where we are today. I particularly want to thank the Glounthaune Community Association and Glounthaune Men’s Shed who support our efforts to improve our village I acknowledge that support we get from Cork County Council who have worked with us for a long number of years. The Regional Award reflects the joint partnership approach taken by Cork County Council and the community in Glounthaune in developing the Nature Reserve at Harper’s Island.”