ROSCREA TIDY TOWNS COMMITTEE
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At the recent A.G.M. the Chairman Denis Ryan thanked everyone for their attendance and said how encouraging it is for him, and how delighted he is to see such a large attendance from all over the town as we now embark on new projects, and try and complete ones already started before judging commences the 1st June this year. He said the whole Community were out supporting us last year, cleaning and sweeping footpaths, planting and weeding, pruning and maintenance, painting and decorating as weather allowed, however, all the hard work did not reflect in the marks received in Roscrea, and we now start out this year on a much more positive note, as so much has been achieved since June of last year, (and we hope for much more) and all of this will be included on our Tidy Towns application form to the Tidy Towns unit, in the Department of the Environment. Denis thanked the Officers and Committee of the previous year for all their support to him, and the many volunteers who joined them throughout the year for their work on behalf of the community. He again congratulated David Leahy, and the students of Coláiste Phobal for their entry in the “Can It” award on behalf of the tidy Towns Committee which won a National Award in the competition. He said Roscrea people are very proud of their entry, and it shows what can be done when one thinks of recycling rather than dumping. He said it was a great boost to our efforts, and we thank them once again for taking on the project and their commitment to it. He also thanked Rose for collecting the cans, and approaching the School with bags of them.
With so many in attendance the members felt it would be important to have monthly meetings throughout the year so all are informed and aware of progress when not out working. This was unanimously decided, and the Chairman then progressed to election of Officers which resulted in the following being elected. He said as we have a number of projects commencing now that we need a Project Manager, and Eileen Doherty accepted that role. He then proceeded to appoint a Minutes Secretary to replace Rose Crofton, and Patricia Gleeson will now fill that role at meetings. Rose was willing to continue as Treasurer, and Patricia Gleeson will assist in doing up budget and end of year accounts with her.
A Management Committee was then proposed and seconded, and the following members were elected onto this committee - Eamon Phelan, Mary Conroy, Ken Wall, Dick Conroy, Mary Heffernan, Ray Ryan, together with Denis, Rose, Patricia and Eileen.
A Fundraising Committee was also decided, and from the attendance Heather Evans, Mary Heffernan, and Noel Reid gave their names to work on this committee. Eirene Griffin has given a commitment to work with this committee also. It is hoped to open a “Pop up shop” in Main Street for a couple of weeks in May to raise much needed funds to progress the many projects now on the agenda.
The Planting and work team who meet every Wednesday evening and Saturday morning at Rosemary Square are led by the Work Coordinator – Mary Conroy, and Denis thanked Mary and Dick for the huge amount of work they both put into ordering and collecting trees, plants, flowers etc. on behalf of the committee hence making our town a more attractive and colourful town all year round. He also thanked Dick for his technical expertise and the many masterpieces he produces such as the display on Egans window in Main Street. He then thanked John Egan for use of his shop window over a couple of weeks.
Denis said he was delighted with the response to putting a structure on the Committee, and the support of so many. He said it has become a full time voluntary job for many of us, and without the support of all of the community it would be very difficult to continue, make progress and try to improve the standard in Roscrea to rise to the challenge in the winning towns and villages around the country…
The Chairman then said we can now look forward in hope to many improvements around the town as a result of a year’s hard work by all the members of the Enhancement Committee. He said we never before had all the Agencies operating in the town sitting down around the table with so many Council staff, to include Planning, Engineers, and Councillors, and also representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, the Heritage Society and the Tidy Towns Committee, and he thanked all of them for their time and support which will make a huge difference to Roscrea’s mark in the Tidy Towns competition under many categories of the cometition this year. We can now look forward to the new Town Enhancement Plan which will be launched very soon, and he hoped as many as possible with an interest in the town will attend the launch, and work towards implementing the objectives of the plan. He said we can leave it in a drawer, or get out and work together to enhance and bring about change – it is up to all of us.
Denis said he is also hopeful of having the Residents’ Committees reactivated again by R.C.D.C, and we all look forward to seeing people out in the Estates and Residential areas working together with similar objectives. Let us bring the town to life, get out together, get to know our neighbours, and enjoy an evening dirtying our hands, making improvements, and having the bit of craic or banter that the tidy towns workers enjoy.
The Meeting ended on a positive note with all in attendance hoping to make 2013 the best year yet for Roscrea Tidy Towns and its Community. Together we can aim for the awards, and start with the Bronze Medal, Silver Medal and then the Gold, only then can we aspire to an Overall Tidy Towns Award. TOGETHER we can share the credit, and celebrate the victory.