Posted: Saturday, June 5th, 2021

A display in the Inistioge Tidy Towns window on the Square (courtesy of Mr Pat Cahill) is of award-winning art from the pupils of St Colmcille’s Primary School Inistioge. The children’s pictures will be included in the Inistioge Tidy Town Calendar 2022.

A judge’s comment:

‘The standard of the work is evidence of the importance of their environment to the children during lockdown and is a record of the children’s heightened appreciation of the beauty of their home place. We know children have suffered in Covid times, but this testament to their resilience was a tonic.’

Recently the Inistioge TT Christmas card design competition was also judged, and 8 cards were selected for printing for Christmas 2021. They will be on sale locally, on line and at our Christmas Market – fingers crossed. Both calendar and cards are fund-raisers for us, more important than ever with no fund-raising events possible at present.

Tidy Towns Update

Since late March and into April the work has picked up a notch again. We started with socially-distanced litter picks with huge help from families and residents’ groups who took responsibility for their own areas. It was a great relief when our CE workers return in May and the sweet sound of mowers and strimmers has resulted in the public areas being a perfect backdrop for residents and visitors who still need and value beautiful safe outdoor spaces.
Then for the TT volunteers, it was on to weeding and mulching and getting ready for some seasonal colour in planters and hanging baskets and adding to our perennial planting in the bigger beds and borders. Last Saturday we got to do some of that nice work of planting and the pops of colour will bloom as the days grow longer – and sunnier – we hope.

More good news – Tidy Towns Competition 2021 is going ahead. The competition was cancelled in 2020. This year Inistioge will enter for its 58th year. The closing date for entry is 2nd July.

Many thanks to all who have helped, are helping, this season – CE workers, residents’ groups, families, the school community, businesses and volunteers.
A lot done, more to do. Thanks again everyone. Ní neart go cur le chéile.