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Laois Tidy Towns AGM Report

Laois County Council Celebrates Environmental Excellence at Annual Gathering

The vibrant community of Abbeyleix took centre stage at the recent Annual General Meeting (AGM) organised by the Laois County Council, where environmental achievements and initiatives were celebrated with enthusiasm.

Laois County Council Climate Action and Environment sections staff, from left: Geraldine Wren, Siobhan Duff, Samantha McLeod, Suzanne Dempsey, Patricia O’Rourke and Catherine Guidera at the Laois Federation of Tidy Towns agm in The Manor Hotel, Abbeyleix. Picture: Alf Harvey.

The event commenced with a warm welcome and introduction by Sam McLeod, Environmental Awareness Officer at Laois County Council.  The AGM business updates were then presented by Vivienne Phelan, Chairperson, and Doreen Gowing, Treasurer.

The Laois Federation of Tidy Towns Committee honoured Abbeyleix Tidy Towns with a prestigious plaque and a symbolic Yew Tree in recognition of Abbeyleix being crowned Ireland’s Tidiest Town for the year 2023.

Kevin O’Sullivan from Coolrain Tidy Towns with Peader Cleary from Errill Tidy Towns at the Laois Federation of Tidy Towns agm in The Manor Hotel, Abbeyleix. Picture: Alf Harvey.

Suzanne Dempsey, Climate Action Coordinator for Laois County Council, addressed the audience on the critical issue of food waste and the transformative role of Food Cloud in redistributing surplus food within the community. Guests were treated to products from Food Cloud, emphasising the importance of such initiatives in addressing food insecurity and promoting sustainability.

Margaret Hanlon, Noreen Byrne and Ann Talbot from Ballacoilla Tidy Towns at the Laois Federation of Tidy Towns agm in The Manor Hotel, Abbeyleix. Picture: Alf Harvey.

Geraldine Wren and Siobhan Duff from the Environment Section of Laois County Council provided an update on Clean Up Laois Week, scheduled for April. Attendees had the opportunity to sign up for the initiative and schedule bin collections for the upcoming week, receiving essential clean-up kits comprising of litter pickers, bin hoops, gloves, and bags.

Renowned speaker Christy Boylan, Jury Chair for Entente Florale Europe and Tidy Towns Adjudicator, delivered an informative talk offering valuable insights into the Tidy Towns application process and suggestions to enhance community involvement and environmental initiatives throughout Laois County.

Kitty Creighton, Maura Reddin and Eddie Hickey from Mountmellick Tidy Towns at the Laois Federation of Tidy Towns agm in The Manor Hotel, Abbeyleix. Picture: Alf Harvey.

Robbie Quinn, Chairperson of Abbeyleix Tidy Towns, shared an overview of the community’s remarkable journey towards winning Ireland’s Tidiest Town 2023, highlighting the dedication and collaborative spirit of Abbeyleix residents.

The evening concluded with a Q&A session featuring Christy Boylan and Robbie Quinn, allowing groups to seek advice and guidance.

Sheelagh Kearns, Suzanne Whelan, Lorraine Fitzpatrick, Ann Churchouse and Mary Scully from Ballyroan Tidy Towns at the Laois Federation of Tidy Towns agm in The Manor Hotel, Abbeyleix. Picture: Alf Harvey.

Abbeyleix Tidy Towns generously extended gratitude to all attendees by presenting them with a goodie bag filled with local produce symbolising the spirit of community and shared commitment to environmental sustainability.

The event was a resounding success, with over 70 guests representing 27 diverse Laois groups in attendance. The commitment and collaboration showcased during the AGM reaffirmed the community’s dedication to environmental excellence.

Abbeyleix Tidy Towns members at the Laois Federation of Tidy Towns agm in The Manor Hotel, Abbeyleix. Picture: Alf Harvey.