MEP Mairead McGuiness has said that she hopes other villages and communities in Louth will follow the example of Dromiskin and invest in their rich heritage
She had just returned from Austria, a country with rural communities similar to Ireland, and in that country they were looking to see how funds could be raised to develop projects which Dromiskin has now established.
The project was developed by Dromiskin Tidy Towns with the support of Louth County Council environmental department and was funded by Louth Leader Partnership and part financed by the European Union.
The chairman of Louth Leader Partnership councillor Colm Markey said his organisation had given 8,700 euro towards the project and the local community had come up with the rest.
But he said nothing could match the passion of the voluntary tidy towns workers.
“You couldn’t pay for this work,” he said.
Dromiskin Tidy Towns chairman John Hanneffey thanked everyone who had made such a great contribution to the project.
People who made financial contributions, Louth Leader Partnership, Louth County Council, the Community Employment team of Eileen, Ann, Eamon, John, Pat; all the Tidy Towns voluntary workers who go out on week days and weekends.
Dromiskin Tidy Towns committee member Henry Murtagh was MC.
He welcomed local councillors including county council chairman Finnan McCoy who thanked Mary Murtagh of Louth County Council for making the county so environmentally wonderful.
The history of Dromiskin goes back to the sixth centruy.
It includes saints, scholars, primates of Armagh, scientists and inventors.
There 16 historical locations on the Dromiskin Heritage trail which starts with the round Tower.
It is a truly great achievement.
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