It was community spirit at its highest, when upwards of forty local Youghal Volunteers, men and women, arrived at North Abbey Cemetery on Saturday morning last, wearing Hi Viz Jackets and armed with shovels, strimmer’s, forks, gloves, plastic bags and great determination to clean up the debris and litter, and return dignity for those who are in the local Cemetery.
Organised by local people, and with the wonderful collaboration, help and skills of the members of Youghal Tidy Towns, the group wasted no time as they set about their task.
Two hours of back bending work, carried out in great camaraderie, resulted in the filling of an entire Skip with bushes, high grass, litter, cans and bottles, and much more.
The situation was highlighted in a recent article in The East Cork Journal and Margaret Carey, one of the organisers, said they were delighted with the quick resolution of a problem which was very distressing for many. Cllr Mary Linehan Foley, who donned her gloves and set to work alongside the others, said she was also very pleased that her bringing the problem before Cork Municipality resulted in such quick action.
The group will return to North Abbey Cemetery again on Saturday next to complete the work.