Well, we all now know the results of the 2012 National Tidy Towns Competition – Cashel gained an additional five points. We’ve mixed feelings about this – on the one hand we did get a better result than last year.
However on the other hand we had great expectations - after all the hard work put in, not only by Tidy Towns volunteers, but also by so many other residents, traders and organisations in Cashel.
The poor Summer was a problem – but this applied by and large right across the country. The adjudication was too early and we hadn’t completed our full workprogram – well, oh dear – someone has to go first and head the list and if it’s Cashel well that’s life ! But hopefully we’ll get credit next year for the work done after adjudication this year – swings and roundabouts!
The real message is that we gained additional five points this year following on a fantastic twenty one gained last year and Cashel can be really proud of this outcome. We are now only ten points shy of the three hundred point benchmark and this should definitely be our target for next year.
Leaving aside (for once), the work done by Tidy Towns volunteers for the moment, what else happened during the year to improve our town ? A few examples are well worthy of mention.
Look at the lovely stone sculpture at The Green, commemorating the old Sally Port which once stood in the vicinity. And look at the terrific work done by residents of Spafield Crescent, who have transformed their estate by their own hard work – strongly supported by Centenary Coop.
And what about the lovely cut stone wall at Cashel Community School, completing a very fine entrance to that wonderful Institute of Learning.
What about all the lovely shop fronts around the town, repainted in such bright and attractive colours – they make Cashel very attractive to our visitors.
And look at the huge effort which went into cleaning up the graveyard attached to St John the Baptist Church in Friar St. – a tribute to parishioners and Tidy Towns volunteers alike !
We cannot neglect to mention the excellent work carried out by the Cashel Town Council workers and gardeners – which include wonderful displays of flowers around the town, rows of trees planted along approach roads and work currently in hand to replace the old ‘frost bitten’ path in Friar Steet with a well designed blockstone pavement which will be a joy to behold when complete.
So, while it’s very nice for Tidy Towns volunteers to ‘take a bow’ from time to time, we are more than happy to appreciate all the townspeople, traders and organisations who contribute so much to making Cashel a town to be proud of !
As always we can do better! So, If you can spare a few hours each week please get in touch with any of our volunteers, or come along to meet us on The Plaza in Main St Cashel where we meet every Thursday afternoon around 2.00pm. You can also find contact details on our website www.casheltidytowns.jigsy.com
You may notice that volunteers also do a quite lot of work around the town at other times of the day which may suit them better – we’re very happy with that.
We’re delighted to welcome all newcomers who would like to assist in any way.