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Loughrea – showing what Tidy Towns can do to enhance their local environment
Loughrea Lake has been awarded a Blue Flag every year since the inception of the award. It is the only inland waterway in Ireland to have done so. Tidy Towns Volunteers, local residents, and Galway County Council are largely responsible for the perfect condition of the lake and its environs.
Local Tidy Town volunteers organised a number of events in late 2017 to help look after their town and lake.
A Coca Cola Clean Coasts clean up of the lake shore took place on Wednesday October 25th 2017. Tidy Towns volunteers, residents, and over thirty Transition Year Students and their teacher from the local St. Brigid’s College collected sixteen bags of litter all along the shore. Catherine Seale, Community Water Officer, spoke to the pupils about the importance of keeping the lake litter free. Caitríona Cunningham, the local Clean Coast Officer, helped organise the event.
Local primary school children got certificates for entering a ‘Bird Survey’ competition on the same day. They had watched out for and recorded any birds observed in the vicinity of the lake or elsewhere in the town as they enjoyed their summer break from school. The children also got some spring bulbs to plant. Members of Loughrea Tidy Towns, Catherine Seale and Mr. P.J.McDonnell of “Loughrea Nature Watch” attended the event. They encouraged young people to look out for and care for all wildlife in the area.
Loughrea Tidy Towns are planning similar events for 2018.
For details, see https://www.facebook.com/loughreatidytowns/