PRESENTATIONS were made to estate committees, businesses and individuals at the recent Kildare town Tidy Towns awards.
The Bishopsland and White Abbey Lawns estates were the winners of the best large/medium estate and best small estate respectively, while Fitzpatrick’s Garage and Billy and Nellie Graham were the winners of the best business and best garden awards.
The awards ceremony took place at the Solas Bhríde centre on Thursday 9 November.
Outgoing Kildare Tidy Towns chairman Willie Redmond spoke about the event.
“The awards we presented were sponsored by Kildare Village, who were very generous to us. In addition to the awards, there was a video presentation from horticulturalist and gardening expert Paddy Gleeson. Paddy was previously a judge on RTÉ’s Super Gardens and he did a presentation on what was looking well in the town and things that could be improved. The event was also an opportunity for us to thank our committee and volunteers for their hard work and dedication which led to us winning last year’s Irish Business Against Litter award.”
In addition to the awards for estates, businesses and garden owners, there were also presentations of six merit awards presented to individuals for their contributions to the work of the Tidy Towns. A presentation was also made to retiring honorary secretary Mary O’Loughlin.
Paul Allen of the Newbridge and Kildare Lions Club presented a Citizen of the Year Award to Willie Redmond for his contribution to Kildare town Tidy Towns. Willie steps down this year after three years in the role and he will be replaced by ecologist Dr Mary O’Connor, who has an interest in biodiversity, sustainability and the environment.
Willie says that while he will be stepping back, he won’t be going away completely.
“I will be going to the back benches,” he laughs. “I was delighted to accept the award from the Newbridge and Kildare Lions Club on behalf of the hardworking committee and the volunteers whose work made the IBAL win possible. We have a 14-person committee and we have approximately 40 active volunteers. Of course, we are always looking for more as there is much to be done.”