Money available for town improvement

ARDEE has 10,000 euro which be allocated towards environmental improvement.

ARDEE has 10,000 euro which be allocated towards environmental improvement.

The Tidy Towns committee has already requested financial support in its endevours to improve the town and councillors have asked them to submit a costing of hanging baskets and flowers.

The council has generously supported the tidy Towns.

This year the Town Council will once again fund its own the Ardee Improve Your Town Awards.

The awards were launched last year and proved a big hit with both residents and businesses in the town.

The awards ceremony was held at the historic Ardee Castle and the effort put in by all the participants and the high standards achieved was highly praised by Ardee Town Council chairman Padraig McKenny.

“This was a real celebration of the town of Ardee,” Cllr McKenny said. “Everybody made a magnificent effort and it all helped Ardee’s efforts in the national Tidy Towns competition.

He praised the voluntary workers and the business people of the town who made the inaugural environmental event such a success.

Earlier this year, Cllr Jim Tenanty, who came up with the idea for the competition, asked that the council’s town improvement fund would again be used to sponsor the competition.

This was agreed by the council members.

The beautiful plaques awarded to the winners last year were made by Finlay’s and Cllr Michael Farrely sponsored the posters and leaflets.

This new awards scheme has put Ardee well and truly on the environmental county map.

Last year’s Improve Our Town Award winners were: 1 Best Filling Station: Topaz. 2 Best Licensed Premises: Ferdia Arms. 3 Best Presented Business/ Shop Front: Moods. 4 Best Business Floral Display: Brian Muldoons. 5 Best Residential Floral Display: Mary and Mattie Knowles. 6 Best Garden: Roderick and Ann Rooney. 7 Best School: Scoil Mhuire na Trocaire. 8 Best Housing Estate: Dawson’s Demesne Campbell’s Park. 9 Most Improved Environmental Site: Sensory Garden St Mary’s GFC.