Churchtown and District Community Alert Group held it’s AGM this week

The Community Alert Group are one of the county’s most successful alert groups

The Community Alert Group are one of the county’s most successful alert groups

The Churchtown group is one of rural Ireland’s great success stories.

The organisation was one of the first of its kind to launch a website which gives all the latest community news with details of their Text Alert service.

Churchtown and District Community Alert serves the Churchtown community and covers 30 sq kilometers north and west of Ardee.

The website also contains local photographs of the area and contact details.

They have held many successful events since it was established including litter collections involving many parishioners. These groups have gone out and fill litter skips provided by Louth County Council envoirmental department.

The group has been responsible for a huge are improvement on illegal dumping and littering on most side roads in the area.

The main road from Ardee to Aclint has been a significant problem in the past and the group has worked hard with Louth County Council in an appeal to motorists not to drop litter onto the road.

Signage has been erected by the group and sponsored by local businesses and this has helped control litter in the area and also deter burglaries to homes and businesses.

The group works closely with the gardai and Louth County Council litter wardens.

Since it was set up Churchtown Community Group has set up an excellent network that allows people to report suspicious activity and report illegal dumping.

The Churchtown and District Community Alert Group was set up with the help of the gardai, Louth County Councillor Pearse McGeough, and Muintir na Tire. The Community Alert agm was held on Monday night at the Sean McDermotts clubhouse and we will carry a full report next wee.

Since it was established the Churchtown group has seen many other parishes in mid-Louth follow in its footsteps.

One of the founding members is Sinn Fein Mid-Louth and Ardee Town Councillor Pierce McGeough.

Cllr McGeough believes that the way to best prevent rural crime is for people to look out for their neighbours and report local knowledge to the gardai who have made it their business to work closely with local communities and give them professional help.