Three East Cork Towns ‘Clean Up’ at Southern Division Anti-Litter Awards 2019

By Seamus Whelehan

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Cllr Noel Collins with Southern Committee Chairman Cllr Michael Hegarty and Cllr Michael Looney presenting Saleen Village with their first place award at the Southern Division Anti-Litter challenge on Monday 15 July

Four East Cork villages received awards in the 2019 Southern Division Anti-Litter challenge, and one of the villages was also announced the outright winner in category B at the ceremony held in County Hall last Monday 15 July.
In Category B, Killeagh received a Best Improver award of €200, with the towns of Saleen receiving a First Place Certificate and €750. Ballincurrig came second with €500 and a Certificate of Achievement, while Upper Glanmire was placed third with €250, an Award and Certificate.
Saleen will now progress to the Anti-Litter Challenge County final to be held in County Hall in September representing the Southern Division, along with Berrings who won in Category A.
For the past 23 years communities and Tidy Towns groups across the County have competed in the Anti-Litter Challenge, the oldest competition of its kind in the Country.
Unlike the National Tidy Towns, the sole purpose of this competition is purely on keeping our communities litter free.
Over 110 communities have entered the annual league on a level playing field, with 28 communities coming from the Southern Division.
Southern Committee Chairman, Michael Hegarty, said it is extremely competitive with many towns and villages showing a vibrant and caring community spirit.
“The effort and commitment of each community participating in the competition is admirable, and the cleanliness of each village is testament to that fact.”
Ted O’Leary, a Senior Executive Officer with the Authority Environmental Directorate, paid tribute to the work carried out by community volunteers in keeping their villages in pristine condition.
“You are literally kicking up stones in most villages to find litter, such is the standard of cleanliness that operates in these towns and villages.”
“No Local Authority could deliver a standard of service to the high standards which community groups deliver in these villages throughout the competition.”

Cllr Noel Collins and Southern Committee Chairman Cllr Michael Hegarty presenting Ballincurrig Village with their second place certificate in the Southern Division Anti-litter Challenge
Cllr Noel Collins with Southern Committee Chairman Cllr Michael Hegarty and Cllr Michael Looney presenting Killeagh Village with their Best Improver award at the Southern Division Anti-Litter challenge on Monday 15 July
Cllr Noel Collins with Southern Committee Chairman Cllr Michael Hegarty and Cllr Michael Looney presenting Upper Glanmire with their third place award at the Southern Division Anti-Litter challenge on Monday 15 July
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