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Clare in Bloom

Ballynacally Tidy Towns attended the Clare in Bloom awards ceremony at the clare in bloom 2015County Council offices in Ennis on Monday 12th October and received first place in their category and €700 in prize money. Well done to the committee, local householders, community employment staff and anyone who was involved in the planting, feeding and watering of the flowers this season. The award money will be used for next year’s competition. Planning for next year’s Tidy Towns competition begins shortly and the committee hopes that this year success might inspire others to join up and help with the drive for a Silver medal in 2016. You do not need to live within the village to help but simply have pride in making Ballynacally look at its best. Works in tidy towns include, planning, planting, painting, litter control, watering and weeding etc. If anyone has a few spare hours to help to keep Ballynacally Beautiful, please contact any member.

Pictured above Chairperson Maureen Hayward receives 1st prize from James Breen with some members of the current Tidy Towns Committee

Bronze again for Ballynacally

tidy towns bronze medal

After securing a Bronze medal in 2014, Ballynacally were awarded bronze again this year and with the high point score of 312 just missed out on a Silver Medal. We again topped our category and also came 4th in the County from 41 Entries beaten only by Ennis Kilrush and Mountshannon. The committee will receive €400 prize money for their placing.

The prestigious awards were announced by Mr. Alan Kelly, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, in the Helix at Dublin City University on Monday, 28 September 2015.
Ennis (321) and Kilrush (320) have both been awarded Gold Medals, finishing just 2 and 3 marks respectively off the overall competition winner, Letterkenny (323).
Mountshannon won Silver (315) and there were Bronze Medals for Ballynacally, Kilkee, Tuamgraney and Quin. Clarecastle won an Endeavour Award, while Ennis, Kilrush and Mountshannon claimed the County Awards.
Cllr. James Breen, Cathaoirleach of Clare County Councilsaid: “The performance of Clare’s Tidy Towns participants is a tribute to communities across the County who carry out work throughout the year to enhance the appearance of their local areas. The strong spirit of volunteerism and community pride is evident for all to see and has helped to make Clare an attractive visitor destination and place to live.”
“I wish to particularly acknowledge Clare’s medal winners who have worked extremely hard in various public areas to create and maintain flowerbeds, keep streets tidy, cut grass and pick up litter. Regardless of whether or not they have received an award in the national Tidy Towns competition, each of Clare’s other Tidy Towns participants are already winners for the huge positive contribution they have made to their localities,” added the Cathaoirleach. (source; The Clare Herald)

Read the adjoudicators report Click here

And download the results book here

 

Information Night

Ballynacally Tidy Towns Committee held an Open Night and Information Evening at the Community Centre recently. Chairperson Maureen Hayward discussed the plan for the coming year, invited suggestions from those present and discussed the Tidy Towns Adjudicators Report from 2014 highlighting the areas where improvements could be made. A talk was held on the bat population in our area and a demonstration of the different species was shown, a bat walk will take place in early July and also a historical walk with Dolores Griffin was announced. On local history, Mary Hester gave an intriguing talk on local place names and School principal Conor lynch announced the schools success in being awarded its second green flag & he pledged to help the Tidy Towns in any way he could. Local representatives Oliver Garry and PJ Kelly also spoke at the event. It was a very informative evening rounded off with tea and a fine assortment of cakes.

Local Heritage

Ballynacally Tidy Towns Committee organised a guided Heritage Tour of our village. The walk began at Kilchreest cemetery on Sunday Jun 7th & finished at Ballycorick Church. It was led by local historian Dolores Meaney and was followed by light refreshments at the Five Arches.

Bat Talk

We alsoorganised a bat walk in Early July. A member of the bat protetion society David Lyons with bathis bat scanners gave an informative talk on our bat population and after equiping a number of locals with bat sonar scanners the group set off on foot to the shore to locate different species of this harmless but often feared creature who comes out at dusk to hunt midgets, moths etc. Although not blind, this delicate mamal navigates the air with its ultrasonic hearing. The walk was a success and many bats were heard and seen on route to the shore.

Plant sale

A bedding plant sale took place on the 6th June after mass to help raise funds for the tidy towns. This full proceeds of this sale will be ploughed back into the community

Planning

During the winter months the committee have been discussing plans for the 2015 season and have looked at the reports compiled by the Tidy towns judges. Ballynacally topped group B last year and the plan is to try to stay there.
With summer fast approaching a number of members held their annual walk-about in the village to finalise plans for this seasons competition. There is a lot of work each year just in maintenance, but its enjoyable work and it social. New projects have also be planned along with the projects already outlined in our 3 year plan. Advice from last years adjudicators must also be acted upon.
Each year we have many work evenings where we paint gates/walls, clean signposts, plant flower beds, water and weed flowerbeds etc throughout the summer, we really need and would appreciate your help on these evenings to share the workload, these are social events so please help by texting 087 9865097 to volunteer some time.
To get an idea of what kind of work is involved why not have a look at our galleries to the left to view some of last years work, hopefully we captured everyone involved and all projects.

National Spring Clean

Ballynacally National school Children were out in support of National Spring Clean in April 2015 in conjunction with An Taisce who are Ireland's largest and most popular anti-litter initiative, aiming to raise awareness on the problem of litter nationallyHANDPRINTS . Members of the Tidy Towns were there to help out. We will be receiving a NSC certificate . "Check out the link here"

 

Development/Tidy Towns Fundraiser 2014

gavinsIn November 2014 the Development and Tidy Towns held a joint fundraising pub quiz in the village. The quiz was well organised by the dual committees and a great social night was had by all who attended. Their was 16 spot prizes for the raffle and 3 prizes for the quiz including a first prize of 4 vouchers for afternoon tea at the Temple Gate Hotel, fuel vouchers from Kelly's clondegad for 2nd prize and selection of confectionary for third prize. The Joint committees are very thankful to those who took part.... and to all local business who sponsored prizes. The profit on the night was 400 euro..... "Click me " for Images of the night .....click me

 

 

Ballynacally scoops overall award in Clare in bloom 2014

Clare in Bloom is targeted at local groups who are actively involved in the improvement and enhancement of their areas. At a busy ceremony held in the County CouClare in Bloomncil Offices on the 13th October, the hard work involved throughout the village over the summer has paid off for both householders and committe members as Ballynacally won the top prize in the Clare in Bloom competition.

The award criteria for the competition included; visual impact, range of planting, litter control and waste management, community involvement, energy initiatives and overall impression. More details on the Clare Herald's page here

Work for next years Tidy Towns competition however will also begin soon and if you have an interest in helping out please talk to one of the committee members or email us here

You can read the detailed report HERE ...... More photos later......

Earlier in the year

Tidy Towns 2014 preparation began in November with a series of meetings. The public were invited to a meeting early December. Bag packing in Dunnes Stores followed on the 15th December as a fundraiser. The Focus this year is a fresh start and rebuilding after a break from the competition. An informal committee of 13 will carry out the work this year, there is always a need for more help so please feel free to lend a hand, contact any member of the committee shown across if you would like to get involved in any way.......The committee decided that new hanging baskets are badly needed and purchased these baskets (24) through individual sponsorship, (see right).

A detailed submission was put together by all members of the committee and submitted for competition. On the 26th and 27th of May all home grown flowers were taken from the tunnel and planted in various locations around the village including in the long life self watering hanging baskets. Many more people came out to help with this planting event and their was a great sense of community on these 2 evenings. Pictures available here soon......

 

 

 

Used Clothing Collection

The committee held a used clothing collection this year to raise funds (over €600). Items of clean unwanted clothing, pairs of shoes, handbags or accessories, also bed linen, towels, curtains, belts, soft toys, books (not school books), magazines, laptops fully intact and mobile phones but no household bric a brac were greatfully received into the Community Centre over a period until the 25th April. See collection pics here

Another collection will be held in Sptember see poster HERE

 

Hanging Basketsflowers

We are hoping to purchase 24 long life self-watering hanging baskets, this will take a lot of the work away as watering is a daily operation which takes time. We are very thankful to those who have purchased 12 baskets so far, only 14 left to sell. Work is done in the tunnel, potting flower plugs for the summer ahead while stone flower beds are currently being built by our local Fas team at the forge cross.

Tidy Towns handprin

 
 

Future plans
  • New hanging baskets
  • New stone permanent flower beds.
  • Continue with the Tidy Towns competition, this years theme being to maximise community involvement

 

Landscaping
Ballynacally tidy towns community volunteerism

No new flower beds were added last year. Focus was placed on the quality of the flowers used. A new layout at the recycle Bank beside the Community Centre has been augmented with decorative floral arrangements. Also flower beds at the Forge Cross have been redesigned with a flower tower design.

Wildlife & Natural Amenities

In recent years a major focus was on implementing measures to both educate the general community with regard to the wildlife found locally and also implement measures to develop wildlife habitats. A new Wildlife Display Board has been erected at a new amenity area at the village entrance. Also butterfly bushes and sunflowers have been provided to sustain local wildlife. Lavender window boxes have been places at the cottages on the Fair Green.

 
Flowers & Hanging Basketsflowers

The flowers for Tidy Towns are managed by a team dedicated to choosing colour schemes, managing the re potting of the plugs in the tunnel in March/April, to managing the various plants in the tunnel and glasshouse until they are ready for placing in their designated flower beds, hanging baskets or window boxes for sowing in early June. Thanks to Gerard Moran for the offering the use of his poly tunnel

Litter Control

Litter is managed by a number of litter patrol teams assigned a specific area to check on regular areas. This year with the help of the FAS team we will again manage litter problems and hopefully we can continue to educate people who consider littering.

 

2013 in the Village

O'Grady's cottage ballynacallyIn the midst of the many fund raising events taking place, you may have noticed of an evening, groups of people carrying out various duties such as the watering of flowers, painting, weeding etc. These are our new Tidy Towns crew who are responsible for all the flowers that are making our Village look so well. Amongst other things they have also repainted the row of cottages in the fair green which now look very fresh & well presented. Various areas have been power washed prior to painting and have you noticed the front of the white cottage (O'Grady's) on the main road adjacent to the fair green? click here to view.

Not forgetting the FAS team who cut grass and remove litter, a full time job. They also engage in other works as directed by the Tidy Towns committee and we are thankful for their help. The ethos of Tidy Towns is not striving to win competitions, (although thats a bonus & helps with focus) nor is it about a set team of people working within the village. It is the combined efforts of many groups, young and old, householders, the Fas team, those who plant, water, care for the shrubs and flowers, those who paint, collect litter, plan, tidy and clean. These people are spread across the village and further afield. Most of all, Tidy Towns is about community and the door is always open to people who would like to get involved and are happy to help out, many hands make light work. Have a look at our Tidy Towns page for more info and some of the work in action can be seen in our galleries. Maybe we will see you in our galleries next year.

 

Tidy Towns

Tidy towns

Work is continuing this year in Tidy Towns with a mostly new and enthusiastic group eager to get out and be more involved with our community. The FAS crew are still doing us proud while many volunteers are preparing for flower sowing, usual clean ups and are planning for future events. Recently in conjunction with National spring cleaning day the National school children were out to help in the drive to keep the village litter free. Littering is becoming more and more socially unacceptable and so litter levels have declined but we still have a few who do not realise this and so our litter patrols will continue. Have a look on our Tidy Towns page and our Gallery page for more information and pictures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clare Tidy Towns Marks:
Ballynacally 312
Ballyvaughan 306
Barefield 248
Bodyke 232
Boston 201
Bridgetown 273
Bunratty 231
Carrigaholt 259
Clarecastle 282
Connolly 247
Cooraclare 265
Corofin 277
Cranny 272
Doolin 206
Doonbeg 296
Ennis 321
Ennistymon 271
Feakle 252
Kildysart 288
Kilkee 307
Kilkishen 208
Killimer 272
Kilmihil 271
Kilmurry 200
Kilrush 320
Labasheeda 297
Lissycasey 282
Miltown Malbay 231
Mountshannon 315
Mullagh 237
Newmarket-on-Fergus 292
O’Brien’s Bridge 219
O’Callaghan’s Mills 236
Quin 306
Ruan 299
Scariff 259
Shannon 291
Sixmilebridge 295
Tuamgraney 309
Tulla 262
Whitegate 245

Ballynacally were awarded a bronze medal this yearand again came 4th in Clare.

tidy towns bronze medal

Community rewarded with Bronze medal. Analysis of the County points can be seen above and the Super Valu Tidy Towns page shows reports for all towns and villages.

 

The Committee would like to sincely thank all those who have bought hanging baskets or supplied stone for the flower beds. We really need help at times and it is so encouraging when people help us, thank you so much.

Baskets were €50 each and we asked business, villagers, proud Ballynacally people to consider buying a basket to display in the village. The committee have applied for grant aid this year some of which would be used to purchase more of these baskets if successful

 

Committee Members

Our current core committee outside of the great help we receive during the year are.... Maureen Hayward, Chair, Ann McMahon, P.R.O. Yvonne Harrison & Marian Kelly Joint treasurers, Marcella Daly, Philip Hayward, Patricia Meaney, Fiona Moloney, Dorothea Mullins, Mossey O'Brien, Francis O'Shea, Carmel Sheehan, Edel Tighe. (Mike McMahon web design)

 

Tidy Towns Competition

2014.. Community receives Bronze medal and came 4th in Clare a fabulous result after taking a year out of the competition.

2013.. No entry due to time constraints after late AGM and new committee's focus on the hall. However Clare in Bloom was entered and the team did very well. The Village was still in full bloom during the summer despite no entry.

2011/12.. GOLD medal in the National Tidy Towns Competition

2008/9/10.. Silver Medal National Tidy Towns Competition

2008/9.. Winner in Clare in Bloom Competition

Tidy towns medals with thanks to the fas crew and local people

3 Silver and 2 gold medals, the reward for many years of dedicated work to our village from local villagers who kept their gardens/premises and surrounding areas in beautiful condition. Also the many FAS staff who worked hard on various projects, including on going litter picking, grass and lawn cutting etc. And to the many volunteers who planted and watered flowers, trimmed hedges etc, the committee would like to thank them all.

tree council of ireland

 

 




 



Tree Council of Irelands Site


Ireland's Best Kept Town

Ballynacally was nominated for the Tidiest Village Award in the Ireland's Best Kept Town awards which were announced at an awards ceremony in Belfast on June 22 2010.

This was an all Ireland competition run in partnership between the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, The Northern Ireland Amenity Council in association with the Department of Environment (N.I.).

 

Tidy Towns reports

2012 2011 2010 2009
2008 2007 2006 2005  
2004 2003 2002 2001  
2000 1999      
  Full details of 2012 competitionBallynacally tidy towns community volunteerism

 

community in ballynacally pulling together

 

 

 

Engineers week

The aim of the week is to celebrate the engineering profession, to grow awareness of engineers in the community, and to showcase engineering as an exciting and diverse career option for students. However you choose to get involved, all activities – whether large-scale or small – make a valuable contribution to the nationwide campaign.

National Tidy Towns recognises engineering week, More info here

WEEE Ireland

WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) is anything that has a plug or a battery and is at the end of its useful life.

WEEE Ireland organises and promotes public collection events of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and waste batteries. Any household item with a plug or battery will be accepted at these collection events – from large items such as fridges, dishwashers and tumble-dryers, to small household items such as remote controls, electric toothbrushes and everything in between. All waste batteries will be accepted free of charge, including AA and AAA batteries, torch batteries, watch batteries, car batteries and electric fence batteries.

Tidy Towns endorse recycling.... More info here