The wonderful and historic surrounds of the Roscrea Castle Complex provided the ideal backdrop for the recent launch of the Roscrea Enhancement Committee Awards 2015.
Conducting the launch in the Annex of Damer House was the Chairman of the local “Enhancement Committee”, Brian King. Brian said that “the awards are really a catalyst for getting local resident associations and local businesses mobilised and motivated to really get behind the Roscrea Tidy Towns effort this year and play a key role in making a positive difference to how our town looks and feels”
Brian spoke about the five categories and seven awards that make up the Roscrea Enhancement Awards and which focus particularly on the estates around the town and also on the town centre through encouraging local businesses to get involved.
The categories for the awards are as follows. The first is for the overall best estate which has a first, second and third prize. The second prize is sponsored by the Chamber Of Commerce and will be presented to the “Best Presented Business Premises”. The third category prize will be for the “Best Youth Project Within An Estate” while the fourth category will be for the “Best Presented Entrance To An Estate”. The final category is for “Highly Commended Street”.
Brian then spoke about the judging criteria for the awards which he said will be very much based upon the judging criteria used for the National Tidy Towns Competition itself. Categories will be mainly marked for tidiness, litter management, awareness and care of the natural environment, awareness and care of the built environment, community involvement and sustainable waste and resource management.
Brian king said the awards would not be possible without the support of sponsors including Tipperary County Council, Roscrea Tidy Towns, Roscrea Chamber Of Commerce, Doherty Hardware, Roscrea Stands Up, Super Valu, R.C.D.C, Tesco, Milltown Garden Centre and Roscrea Credit Union. Brian said organising such an initiative like this requires a lot of planning and in this regard he said that sincere thanks must be extended to Eileen Doherty and Marion Carey as without their support we would not have the awards.
To participate in the awards you must complete an entry form which also includes more specifics about the competition itself. Brian King said that the forms are available from either Eileen Doherty or himself and his gave email addresses as follows: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or alternatively they can be downloaded from the Tipperary County Council website at www.tipperarycoco.ie. Note! Those entering the “Best Presented Business Premises” do not have to submit an application form. Brian thanked Mike Edwards from the Roscrea Community Hub who has kindly volunteered his time and services to help resident associations complete the application
The judging will take place in June and it is proposed to present the prizes for the various categories at an event in October. Note: Completed Applications should be returned to Roscrea Enhancement Awards, c/o Marion Carey, Planning Section, Tipperary County Council, Civic Offices, Limerick Road, Nenagh no later than 5pm on Friday, 29th May 2015.
Brian King took the opportunity before introducing and launching the awards, to speak a little about the Enhancement Committee and their work to bring various groups, individuals and organisations in the community together to implement positive projects for the town of Roscrea. Brian spoke briefly about the success to date of the various sub-committees and the various projects that form part of the Enhancement Committee. Brian said that “ today he would just cite one project, the proposed greenway between, Roscrea and Birr and on to Portumna” for special mention. Brian said this was “the project that excited him the most because of all the positive opportunities it would present to the town of Roscrea”. With Minister Alan Kelly present at the launch, Brian King took the opportunity to thank the Minister for his support and his enthusiasm for this project to date and said that “he expected the Minister to deliver on the finances needed for the project once we come to that stage in hopefully the not too distant future”. Brian thanked Cathal McNicholas and Marie Warren who were also present on the day for launch of the awards in addition to all the sub-committee members for the greenway project in addition to all the stakeholders that from part of the overall Roscrea Enhancement Committee. Brian concluded by thanking Tipperary County Council and Joe McGrath the County Manager who is said “is a great supporter of the Enhancement Plan and wants to see Roscrea grow and prosper”.