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Wonder Wander Walking Trails

The launch of the Wonder Wander Walking Trails  for Cappoquin and Waterford City  will take place on  the  22nd of April  .

The National Inventory of Architectural Heritage has produced 2 Wonder Wander Walking Trails in association with   Waterford City and County Council.  Rose Ryall Conservation Officer has said that the aim of these trails is to celebrate a sense of place by exploring the rich and diverse heritage of the Architectural Conservation Areas (ACA)   in  the  historic cores of Cappoquin and   Waterford City .As part of the project, community workshops and drop-in information sessions were held to facilitate discussion, storytelling, and interpretation. Engaging with local schools was particularly rewarding, enriching both the trail maps as well as raising public awareness of our built heritage.

Malcolm Noonan TD, Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform at the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage will attend the launch of the Cappoquin Trail by the Deputy Mayor of Waterford City and County Cllr. Declan Doocey . This will be held at  at 10 am in Cappoquin  Community Centre  .

In Waterford,  the Mayor  of City Waterford City and County  Cllr  Joe Conway   will launch the Waterford Trial  at the  Central Library Waterford at 1pm. Both events will be  followed by the opportunity to do some of the trail afterwards    

 All are welcome! 

The maps will be available to download on the NIAH website from the launch date and some paper copies will be available on the day.

NTA Walking and Cycling Index highlights appetite for more cycling paths in Waterford

The Waterford Walking and Cycling Index, commissioned by The National Transport Authority, highlights that the majority of residents of Waterford enjoy walking and wheeling* and that there exists an appetite for more cycling infrastructure in the City and environs.

The recent publication of the National Transport Authority’s Walking and Cycling Index which was expanded to include the Waterford Metropolitan Area for the first time finds that 52% of adults in the Waterford Metropolitan Area walk or wheel at least five times a week, however participation in cycling was lower with 16% of residents cycling at least once a week.

When asked what would help them walk or wheel more, Waterford Metropolitan Area residents want better footpath surfaces including dropped kerbs at crossing points, more parks and green spaces close to home, and nicer places along streets to stop and rest.

When asked what would help them cycle more, residents wanted infrastructural improvements such as traffic-free paths through parks or greenways, signed cycle routes along quieter streets, and cycle tracks along roads physically separated from traffic and pedestrians.

Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. Joe Conway welcomed Waterford City’s inclusion in the process saying, “This report gives a comprehensive insight into the active travel patterns, behaviours and requirements of the people of Waterford. The support for more investment into active travel infrastructure is to be welcomed and will act as a catalyst for further investment in a walking, cycling and wheeling network, which can only be a good thing for our communities, our environment, and our health.”

Chair of Piltown Municipal District, Cllr. Ger Frisby added, “This report also takes into account developments of further active travel infrastructure that the people of Ferrybank and South Kilkenny want to see. The connectivity to the heart of Waterford City from Ferrybank, via the soon-to-be completed Southeast Greenway and sustainable transport bridge will provide so many more transport opportunities for those who wish to walk, cycle or wheel.”

Michael Murphy, Senior Engineer Waterford City and County Council said, “While the number cycling is lower than those walking, there is an appetite for more cycling infrastructure, with 76% of those surveyed supporting building more cycle paths physically separated from traffic and pedestrians, even if this meant less room for other road traffic.”

“Respondents were very cognisant of the benefits of easy to access, safe, liveable neighbourhoods. Almost 80% agreed that increasing space for people socialising, walking, wheeling and cycling would improve their local area, while 80% supported the creation of more low-traffic neighbourhoods.”

Waterford City and County Council supports the public appetite for active travel. Michael added, “The benefits of active travel are manyfold. While reducing carbon emissions might seem the most significant and obvious outcome, the benefits to physical and mental health are endless, along with considerable financial savings to be made from cycling or walking rather than fuelling the car, and the resultant reduction in congestion with less cars on the road.”

One of the most significant pieces of infrastructure to encourage walking, cycling and wheeling in Waterford has undoubtedly been Waterford Greenway. The old railway line from Waterford City to Dungarvan is a spectacular 46km off-road cycling and walking trail which travels through time and nature crossing eleven bridges, three impressive viaducts and an atmospheric tunnel.

In June of last year, the Bilberry to City Centre Waterford Greenway Link was officially opened linking the Waterford Greenway from the Bilberry car park to the Clock Tower in the City Centre, as well as connecting it to the Waterford’s sustainable transport bridge, due to be completed in 2025, and to the Waterford to New Ross Greenway, also currently under construction.

Future Active Travel projects in Waterford City and environs include;

Segregated cycle route on the Tramore Ring Road
Segregated cycle route on the Williamstown Road
Segregated cycle route on the Cork Road, from the Mall to Whitfield Hospital
Segregated cycle route on the Inner Ring Road, from Ashe road to the Passage Road
Segregated cycle route from John’s Park housing area to the City Centre
An Urban Greenway cycling and walking route from Waterford City to Tramore
A’10-minute city’ plan focussed on the Lismore Park / Lisduggan area
Local permeability links
Upgrades to school active travel infrastructure under the Safe Routes To Schools Programme (SRTS)
Newtown Tramore Active Travel scheme

*The term wheeling refers to those who use wheeled mobility aids, for example a wheelchair or a mobility scooter, and may not identify with the term walking, preferring to use the term wheeling.

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Notes to editors:

The Walking and Cycling Index is the largest survey of walking, wheeling and cycling in urban areas in the UK and Ireland.
It is delivered in collaboration with the NTA and the local authorities for the 5 Metropolitan Areas of Dublin, Cork, Waterford, Limerick / Shannon and Galway.
The information in the reports is derived from local data, modelling and an independent demographically representative survey of at least 1,100 residents aged 16+ in each city.
The survey was conducted face-to-face by the independent market research company Behaviour & Attitudes from May to July 2023
The survey is representative of all Waterford Metropolitan Area residents, not just those who walk, wheel or cycle.
All other data is sourced from our city partners, national data sets or modelled and calculated by Sustrans.
Economic Benefits are determined through an analysis of travel time, vehicle operating costs, health benefits, air quality and taxation.
Free to use images: David Murphy

DM107578: Chair of Piltown Municipal District Cllr. Ger Frisby, Barbara Stosic Acting Senior Executive Engineer, Mayor of Waterford City and County Cllr. Joe Conway, Michael Murphy Senior Engineer and Fergus Galvin Director of Services Waterford City and County Council

DM107637: Barbara Stosic Acting Senior Executive Engineer, Fergus Galvin, Director of Services, Mayor of Waterford City and County Cllr. Joe Conway, Chair of Piltown Municipal District Cllr. Ger Frisby and Michael Murphy Senior Engineer Waterford City and County Council.

Waterford City & County Council launches Climate Action Plan

At February’s Plenary Council meeting, Waterford City and County Councillors voted to adopt the Local Area Climate Action Plan for Waterford 2024–2029.

This ambitious plan sets out the work that Waterford City and County Council will commit to over the next five years to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its own operations and in the wider city and county. The plan also provides a roadmap for the work the Local Authority will undertake in preparation for extreme weather events and changing weather patterns.

Mayor of Waterford City and County Cllr. Joe Conway helped to launch the Local Area Climate Action Plan for Waterford, along with student ‘climate ambassadors’ from the Presentation Secondary School, who participated in the Council’s first Student Climate Conference last year.

Mayor Conway said, “This plan clearly sets out the objectives for Waterford City and County Council to ensure Waterford becomes a low-carbon, sustainable, safe and healthy place to live and grow.  The onus is on all of us in Waterford City and County Council to make day-to-day changes, no matter how small, that will cumulatively protect our environment and biodiversity and enhance our health and well-being.”

Grainne Kennedy, Climate Action Officer with Waterford City and County Council added, “Taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or to adapt to climate change will be part of everyone in the Council’s work. From the Roads Engineer designing drainage based on the changing weather patterns, to the Housing Officer upgrading existing homes and making them more energy efficient, to the Community Liaison Officer encouraging communities to consider climate adaptation and energy saving in their projects, we all have a part to play.

“Public opinion was crucial in the creation of this plan and to ensure that the public was happy with what was put forward, the Climate Action Team ran two consultations to collect people’s suggestions and held 23 community events across the city and county. These events included the County’s first Student Climate Conference, where young people from nine secondary schools in Waterford spent a day in City Hall workshopping and setting out what actions they wanted to see included in the Climate Action Plan.”

The plan is wide ranging looking at everything from buildings and infrastructure to parks and waste reduction. 

Some examples of actions set out in the plan relating to the County include:

  • Short term (by 2025): Provide training to all Council staff on how their work is impacted by Climate Change.
  • Medium term (by 2027): Replace fossil fuels with renewable fuel in Council fleet.
  • Long term (by 2029): Deliver over €1m worth of Community Climate Projects or deliver a 50% improvement in energy efficiency across Council buildings.

Some examples of actions set out in the plan relating to the city include:

  • Short term: Deliver a carpooling app for the city.
  • Medium term: Deliver a Rain Gardens project to reduce run off in flooding and to help the public to plant gardens that hold onto excess rain.
  • Long term: Work with partners to deliver a District Heating system for the city.

Councillors will be issued with an annual report to monitor progress and there will be dashboard that the public can access.  The completed plan is available to view on the Council website at https://waterfordcouncil.ie/services/environment/climate-action/ and physical copies will also be available at the City Hall on The Mall and from the Civic Offices in Dungarvan.

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Images : Patrick Browne

National Tree Week 2024

National Tree Week 2024National Tree Week is running from March 3rd to March 10th.  This annual event is organised by the Tree Council of Ireland, in partnership with Coillte.

This year’s Tree Week theme, “Planting Trees for a Greener Future” highlights the importance of planting more trees as a crucial component of addressing biodiversity challenges and fighting climate change.

National Tree Week kicked off in Waterford when eight trees were planted at Elm Park in Tramore by Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. Joe Conway.  The trees, mountain ash, were distributed by Waterford City and County Council, along with a further 200 native saplings which were delivered to Tidy Towns groups around Waterford city and county.

Sustainability key to Tidy Towns Success

Waterford City and County Council facilitated a Tidy Towns seminar at the Old Market House Arts Centre in Dungarvan which focused on the importance of sustainability in progressing the circular economy.

Representatives from eleven Tidy Towns groups, from all over the county, were in attendance to hear from The Rediscovery Centre, Renew Enterprises, and Waterford City and County Council’s Parks and Landscape Department.

Ella Ryan, Environmental Awareness Officer with Waterford City and County Council, was delighted with the success of this inaugural seminar, saying, “There was fantastic energy in the room amongst the volunteers, who are all passionate about their local communities. From taking great pride in their towns and villages, helping their communities to move towards a circular economy and protecting the biodiversity, Tidy Towns committees, groups and volunteers help to make the changes that future generations will reap the benefit of. They received great direction and ideas at this seminar to bring back home to their local area and progress repair and reuse initiatives. ”

Steve O’Reilly from the Rediscovery Centre spoke about the circular economy, repair, reuse and waste prevention and working from the broader theory to examples of how this works on a local level.

Danny Murphy from Renew Enterprises gave an informative insight into some recycling initiatives that have been developed, such as the paint reuse initiative and bike repair scheme.

Dungarvan Tidy Towns was represented by Chris Santillo who informed those present about some of the group’s re-use initiatives, such as its Beach Toy Library, while Eoin Dullea from Parks and Landscape with Waterford City and County Council spoke about the importance of planting the right tree in the right location.

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images – David Clynch

Comhairliúchán Poiblí 1 : Bealach Rothaíochta Eochaill go Dún Garbhán

Proposed Cycle Route

Tugann Comhairle Cathrach agus Contae Phort Láirge, le tacaíocht ó Bhonneagar Iompair Éireann agus Comhairle Contae Chorcaí, cuireadh dóibh siúd a chónaíonn, a oibríonn nó a thugann cuairt ar an limistéar staidéir idir Eochaill agus Dún Garbhán agus aon pháirtithe leasmhara eile páirt a ghlacadh sa chéad chomhairliúchán poiblí neamhreachtúil do Bhealach Rothaíochta Eochaill go Dún Garbhán.

Tá sé mar aidhm ag an tionscadal Bealach Rothaíochta Eochaill go Dún Garbhán bealach rothaíochta sábháilte, nasctha agus tarraingteach a chur ar fáil idir Eochaill agus Dún Garbhán, agus é mar chuid de nasc straitéiseach sa Líonra Náisiúnta Rothaíochta (NCN). Tá an tionscadal mar chuid den ‘Tionscadal maidir le Treo-Aimsitheoir Corcaigh go Port Láirge’ atá aitheanta ag an Roinn Iompair chun tacú le Beartas Soghluaisteachta Inbhuanaithe Rialtas na hÉireann. Cuirfidh an tionscadal ar chumas úsáideoirí rothaíocht go sábháilte chun críocha áineasa, fóillíochta agus comaitéireachta idir an dá bhaile agus tá sé mar aidhm leis feabhas a chur ar inrochtaineacht ar sheirbhísí, ar áiseanna agus ar nithe is díol spéise, amhail Slí Dhéagláin, feadh an bhealaigh.

Tá an tionscadal i gCéim 2 faoi láthair: Roghnú Roghanna, lena mbaineann conairí bealaí féideartha laistigh de réimse an staidéir a shainaithint agus a mheasúnú chun cinneadh a dhéanamh maidir leis an rogha bealaigh is fearr.

Iarrtar ort teacht chuig ár n-imeachtaí comhairliúcháin phoiblí chun tuilleadh eolais a fháil faoin tionscadal agus chun do thuairimí agus d’aiseolas faoin scéim a roinnt linn.

Beidh dhá imeacht comhairliúcháin phoiblí ar an láthair ar siúl mar seo a leanas:

  1. Dé Máirt, 20 Feabhra 2024: 14:30-20:00
    Óstán na Páirce, Dún Garbhán, Co. Phort Láirge, X35 CC97
  2. Dé Céadaoin, an 21 Feabhra 2024: 14:30-20:00
    Ionad Ealaíon an Mheal, Teach an Mheal, Eochaill, Co. Chorcaí, P36 FR96

Is féidir leat páirt a ghlacadh sa chomhairliúchán poiblí ar líne freisin trí fhéachaint ar fhaisnéis an tionscadail agus tríd an bhfoirm aiseolais ar shuíomh gréasáin tiomnaithe an tionscadail a líonadh isteach ag: y2dcycleroute.ie ón 20ú Feabhra.

Beidh eolas faoin tionscadal agus foirmeacha aiseolais ar fáil freisin ag Oifigí Cathartha Dhún Garbhán, Leabharlann Dhún Garbhán agus Leabharlann Eochaille ón 20 Feabhra. Beidh an comhairliúchán poiblí neamhreachtúil ar oscailt le haghaidh tuairimí ón Máirt 20 Feabhra go dtí Dé Máirt 5 Márta.

Mura féidir leat freastal ar cheann dár n-imeachtaí i bpearsain agus mura bhfuil tú in ann teacht ar an suíomh gréasáin, ná bíodh drogall ort teagmháil a dhéanamh le foireann an tionscadail ar an teileafón ar 0818 10 20 10 agus a chur in iúl go mbaineann do ghlao le Bealach Rothaíochta Eochaill go Dún Garbhán, trí ríomhphost a sheoladh chuig ActiveTravel@waterfordcouncil.ie nó tríd an bpost chuig Comhairle Cathrach & Contae Phort Láirge, An Rannóg um Thaisteal Gníomhach, Rannóg na mBóithre, Oifigí Cathartha, Dún Garbhán, Co. Phort Láirge.

Local retailers Re-turn to recycling

It is estimated that 5 million single-use drinks bottles and cans are consumed every day in Ireland. Drinks containers are typically consumed ‘on the go’ and are often thrown away in mixed waste or litter, instead of being recycled.

In November of last year, The Minister of State with responsibility for Communications and Circular Economy, Ossian Smyth launched Ireland’s national Deposit Return Scheme (DRS).

The Deposit Return Scheme will boost the recycling rate for these drinks containers – by charging a small, refundable deposit for each plastic bottle or can.  From February 1st, 2024, empty and undamaged bottles or cans with the Re-turn logo can be returned to a participating store, and customers will be issued a voucher that can either be used for a cash refund of the deposit or towards their shopping at the store.

Ella Ryan, Environmental Education Officer with Waterford City and County Council welcomed the initiative saying, “it will encourage us all to return single-use plastic bottles and cans, reduce litter and help protect our environment.”

Ella added, “Throughout Waterford retailers are embracing the scheme and have either installed reverse vending machines (RVMs) or will accept undamaged plastic bottles and aluminium cans over the counter.

“We’re delighted to see such commitment from local businesses and this scheme will lead to huge changes in attitudes towards recycling and help support a circular economy, by moving away from the take-make-dispose linear economy, which is clearly unsustainable.”

Tony Murphy of the popular Centra in John’s Park recently installed two reverse vending machines ahead of the new DRS Scheme launching on February 1st  nationwide.

“This initiative will be crucial in changing our attitudes towards recycling, and keeping our street, parks, beaches litter-free and Centra are happy to lead in this environmental initiative.

“Fully redeemable deposits will be placed on plastic bottles and cans, but once they are returned undamaged to any store, the customer can receive the deposit back for a voucher redeemable in the store it was returned to.”

Tony added, “We intend to make the return process as seamless as possible and have installed the reverse vending machines at the entrance of the shop, so even if the bottle or can hasn’t been purchased in our store, customers can pop in, return, recycle and receive a voucher which can be redeemed for cash or used against the value of their shopping.”

The deposit fee will be 15c for containers from 150ml to 500ml and 25c for containers over 500ml and up to three litres.

To find out more about Ireland’s new Deposit Return Scheme visit  https://re-turn.ie/

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Image: Tony Murphy of Murphy’s Centra and Ella Ryan, Waterford City and County Council

Landowner to pay clean-up costs for illegal dumping

An elderly landowner was spared a waste management conviction on January 17th at Carrick on Suir District court on the provision he paid €3000 to the Local Authority’s clean-up costs.

Waterford City and County Council took a prosecution against the landowner for facilitating the unauthorised management of construction and demolition waste and soil in a protected area adjacent to the River Suir near Carrick on Suir.

Niall Kane, Senior Executive Engineer with Waterford City and County Council outlined to Judge Brian O’Shea that construction and demolition waste had been dumped on the land which forms part of the Lower River Suir Special Area of Conservation prior to July 2022.

The landowner for the land in question could not be traced, and the land appeared to be abandoned.  However, in August 2022, an adjoining landowner paid a contractor to form an entrance ramp to the land with the waste material to provide an additional access to his adjoining land.

Subsequent to this, Waterford City and County Council undertook a clean-up operation, removing the construction and demolition waste to restore the area to its previous condition.

The adjoining landowner pled guilty to the offence under section 32 of the Waste Management Act, but Judge O’Shea, noting that the defendant had not previously been before the courts, said he would apply the probation act to the landowner and spare him a conviction if he contributed €3,000 to the council’s clean-up costs.

Maintenance works at Kilbarry Nature Park

Over the coming weeks (15/01/24 – 09/02/24) we will be carrying out management and maintenance works at Kilbarry Nature Park, including the clearance of vegetation from the side slopes.

The purpose of the same is to implement a maintenance programme to ensure establishing trees are permitted sufficient space and not hampered by aggressive growing and fast colonising vegetation such as gorse and briars. This is in line with best practices for tree establishment in the Forestry and Landscape Guidelines.

20-meter sections will be cleared of gorse, briars and other aggressive vegetation shall be controlled with strategically planted trees being maintained. Works will be completed in advance of the nesting season under Section 40(1) (a) of the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000.

Waterford once again ranked as Ireland’s Cleanest City

Once again Waterford has emerged as Ireland’s Cleanest City in the Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) Anti-Litter League.  The city ranked 13th out of 40 cities and towns and was classed as Clean to European norms.

 

Waterford City continues to score very well in the IBAL litter league, and this was very much helped along by seventeen out of the twenty-four sites surveyed getting the top litter grade and there no litter blackspots.

 

The report also cited, ‘It’s not just the litter situation which sets Waterford City and other high-ranking towns / cities apart but the overall presentation and maintenance of the sites e.g. The People’s Park has typically been top ranking and yet there were continued works within to improve it.

 

‘The Riverwalk along the Quays and Merchant’s Quay Car Park have both been recently improved and enhanced.’

 

Some of the sites that were awarded Grade A include Lady Lane, John Robert’s Square (Barronstrand St./Broad Street), Waterford Greenway at Bilberry, the People’s Park, the Mall, the Medieval Quarter and SETU.

 

Ballybeg has again scored very well and was also classed as Clean to European norms, with six out of the ten sites getting the top litter grade, three just missing it, and only one seriously littered site.

 

Ella Ryan, Environmental Awareness Officer with Waterford City and County Council welcomed the IBAL league results, saying “Waterford is once again the cleanest city in Ireland, and that is testament to the work of the local authority, volunteer clean-up groups and the local communities.

 

“This collaborative approach by the Council with voluntary committees, schools and local business groups is working in keeping Waterford a clean, attractive place to live, work and invest in.

 

“There remains however, some privately owned sites than need to be addressed, as littering and discarded rubbish was noted in some areas. If every business got behind the movement and ensured their premises and grounds were maintained to a high standard, there is no reason for Waterford not to attain Cleaner than European norms classification in the next survey.”

 

Ella added, “Waterford City and County Council will continue to introduce new environmental awareness initiatives in addition to those that have generated a seismic shift in how we discard our rubbish, such as Cigarette Butt Ballot bins, Bring Banks Sensor Bins, the Schools Litter Challenge and the Bag It Bin It campaigns.”

 

Details of the most recent Irish Business against Litter Survey can be found at https://ibal.ie/anti-litter-league/

 

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Area surveyed from Reginald’s Tower to the Irish Silver Museum, Irish Wake Museum, Medieval Museum, Bishop’s Place and Christ Church Cathedral awarded Grade A as ‘an exceptionally well presented and maintained environment which is clearly very well respected.  It was spotless throughout.’

 

About IBAL:

Set up in 1996, Irish Business Against Litter is an alliance of companies sharing a belief that continued economic prosperity – notably in the areas of tourism, food and direct foreign investment – is contingent on a clean, litter-free environment.  As part of the IBAL Anti-Litter League, An Taisce monitors towns independently and in accordance with international grading standards.

GLACFAR SAOR IN AISCE LE CRAINN NOLLAG NÁDÚRTHA I GCOMHAIR ATHCHÚRSÁLA AG NA HIONAID FHÓNTAS POIBLÍ GO DTÍ AN 13 EANÁIR 2024

  • Cill Bharra

Luan – Aoine   11.00r.n. – 4.00i.n.

 

  • Dún Garbhán

Luan – Déardoin 8.30r.n.- 1.00i.n. & 1.30i.n.- 4.00i.n.

Satharn 9.00r.n. – 12.30i.n.

 

Déan athchúrsáil ar do chadhnraí le do thoil. Úsáid na boscaí bailiúcháin chadhnra i do theach, i do scoil, san ionad oibre, i do shiopa áitiúil agus ag d’ionad fóntas poiblí áitiúil.

Waterford Schools Clean Up for Litter Challenge

 

Eleven Waterford secondary schools were represented at a reception in City Hall earlier this week, in recognition of their dedication to keeping their local areas litter-free.

The Waterford Schools Litter Challenge, sponsored by Tom Murphy Car Sales Volkswagen, in association with Waterford City and County Council and Waterford Chamber saw secondary schools from across the city and county partake in the challenge.

St Augustine’s College Dungarvan emerged as the overall winner of the Schools Litter Challenge, and received €1,500 prize money, sponsored by Tom Murphy Car Sales Volkswagen.

The competition, which was launched in October by Mayor of Waterford City and County Cllr. Joe Conway encouraged secondary schools to keep a designated local area litter free.  The students then carried out regular litter picking, identifying black spots for litter in their area, learning about the sources of litter, and about the benefits of using reusable items instead of single use items.

Prior to the awarding of certificates to the participating schools, Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. Joe Conway said, “The Waterford Schools Litter Challenge has now ended for another year, but I sincerely hope that its influence has not.

“Seeing you all out in our communities in your high-visibility vests with your litter pickers and black bags in hand, taking responsibility for cleaning up the mess that others have made, will hopefully have made others more conscious of the impact of dropping litter.

“Your local communities are much nicer places to spend time in as a result of your hard work, not to mention safer places for both people and wildlife.”

The mayor added, “Initiatives like these couldn’t take place without the support of great local businesses.  I’d like to thank Tom and the team at Tom Murphy Car Sales Volkswagen for sponsoring this wonderful event and for taking the time to be with us here with us today.”

Tom Murphy, sponsor of the competition prize money for the third year, echoed the mayor’s sentiments, “We are once again delighted to be involved in this initiative.  All of the schools approached the challenge with enthusiasm, willingness and good humour!

“The fruits of their labour have not gone unnoticed, with a very apparent decrease in litter and debris in the designated areas.  We were also delighted to receive many reports of how impressed the local communities were when they saw the students out litter picking.”

Waterford City and County Council provided bags, gloves, litter pickers and high visibility vests to all schools and Tom Murphy Volkswagen sponsored the €1,500 prize for the winning school. 

The secondary schools from across County Waterford that entered the competition were Blackwater Community School, St Augustine’s College (Overall winner), Ardscoil na nDeise, Meanscoil San Nioclás, Mount Sion CBS Secondary School, Waterpark College, Ursuline Secondary School, Dungarvan CBS, St Declan’s Community College, De La Salle College, Abbey Community College and St. Paul’s Community College.

Ella Ryan, Environmental Awareness Officer with Waterford City and County Council commented, “This challenge seems to be going from strength to strength.  Not only does it serve to make young people more cognisant of the detrimental effects of litter, but it also encourages them to act.  These schools’ commitment to cleaner, greener localities and communities has a ripple effect as it make us all want to take action to keep our neighbourhoods litter free.”

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Free to use images: Noel Browne

1:         Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. Joe Conway and Tom Murphy, Tom Murphy Car Sales, presenting cheque to the winning school, St. Augustine’s College pupils Aoibhe O’Connor, Katie Power and Olivia Tumu and teacher Eamonn Cashin.

2/3:      Ella Ryan, Environmental Awareness Officer WCCC, Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. Joe Conway and Tom Murphy, Tom Murphy Car Sales, and winning school, St. Augustine’s College pupils Aoibhe O’ Connor, Katie Power and Olivia Tumu with teacher        Eamonn Cashin.

4:         Pupils from  Abbey Community College

5:         Pupils and teachers from De La Salle College

6.         Pupils from St. Paul’s Community College

7.         Pupils from Blackwater Community School.