Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Clean Carlow celebrated its first anniversary on Saturday



By Elizabeth Lee


ONE year and hundreds of hours and tonnes of rubbish later, Clean Carlow celebrated its first anniversary on Saturday.

The group is the result of two coincidental Facebook posts from Flora Baes da Conceicao and David Rea seeking volunteers to help keep Carlow clean. The first group was formed on 11 September last year at the Liberty Tree in Carlow town and has gone from strength-to-strength since then.

“The support from the community has been incredible,” said Flora. “People from all backgrounds, young and old, meet every second Saturday to remove litter from our streets. It has become a hub of community spirit and has been warmly received by locals. People will often thank us as we go about our work and some have even stopped what they are doing in that moment to get stuck in and help us with an area.’’

Flora added: “We have to acknowledge the work of our council workers who work every day to keep our streets clean and the council’s environmental department who provide equipment and, very importantly, collect the bags of rubbish at the end of the day. Thanks also are due to a number of local businesses who have provided additional equipment and hi-vis vests and so on, we are most grateful for their support. The biggest ‘thank you,’ however, is due to our volunteers who come out in all weathers week-after-week to make sure Carlow is looking its best.”

People interested in getting involved can join the Facebook page by searching @CleanCarlow. The group will meet again on Saturday 24 September at the town hall in Haymarket.  All are welcome to join and pickers, bags and vests are provided.

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