An Taisce - National Spring Clean

Athenry Tidy Towns are inviting all residential areas and housing estates to participate in the National Spring Clean on Saturday 18th April 2015.

Please contact 087-2363914 to request a clean up kit and to arrange collection of waste collected on the day. 
Alternatively register your clean up event with An Taisce at http://www.nationalspringclean.org/register1.php. 

Clean up kits supplied to register groups contain:  Colour coded plastic bags for recyclable waste and non-recyclable waste; Gloves to keep your hands save and clean and protective plastic bags tabards for adults and children to keep your clothes clean.

Tidy Towns Dig  National Tree Week 

No sooner has spring arrived and the Athenry Tidy Towns had got out
and about with the local schools to assist the group with tree planting
and litter collecting!
National Tree Week from March 1st to the 8th was marked by the Athenry secondary schools planting native tree saplings of hazel, birch, and alder oak. 
 Jim Reidy of Tidy Towns thaught the students on 'pit' and 'notch' planting and they also learned the names of the various tree species. 
Earlier in February, the 3rd and 4th classes of St. Oliver Plunkett's N. S. in Newcastle assisted Tidy Towns with collecting litter around their school and village.


Cleaning Roster

Day Time Date Area
Saturday 8am 29/03/2014 Northgate Street and Burkes Lane
Tuesday 7pm 01/04/2014 Station to Glynns Corner and Church Car Park
Thursday 7pm 03/04/2014 Railway Crossing to Railway Embankment
Saturday 8am 05/04/2014 Glynns Corner to Credit Union and Foxes Lane
Tuesday 7pm 08/04/2014 Square - Cross Street to Fire Station
Thursday 7pm 10/04/2014 Abbey Row Area
Saturday 8am 12/04/2014 AIB to Forge/Boys School
Tuesday 7pm 14/04/2014 Credit Union to Kenny Park/Swangate
Thursday 7pm 16/04/2014 Prospect and Mart
Saturday 8am 18/04/2014 Forge/Boys School to Roundabout
Tuesday 7pm 21/04/2014 Roundabout to Graveyard
Thursday 7pm 23/04/2014 Arch Car Park to Tuam Road Bridge
Saturday 8am 25/04/2014 Tuam Road Bridge to Cullairbaun
Tuesday 7pm 27/04/2014 Cullairbaun-Park-Tuam Road
Thursday 7pm 29/05/2014 NewLine
Saturday 8am 02/05/2014 NewLine Bridge to Monivea Road
Tuesday 7pm 05/05/2014 Caheroyan Road to Caheroyan Park
Thursday 7pm 07/05/2014 Caheroyan Park-Bridge-Ballydavid
Saturday 8am 09/05/2014 Railway Crossing to Raheen
Tuesday 7pm 12/05/2014 Railway Crossing to Ballygurrane/Raheen Woods Hotel
Thursday7pm 14/05/2014 Prospect to Newford/Derrydonnell Road.
Saturday 8am 16/05/2014 Arch-Court Lane-Bridge Street


 Athenry  Tidy Towns: New Committee

The Athenry Tidy Towns held their recent A. G. M on the 9thMarch 2015 in the Community Hall. Following a brief review and discussion on our 2014 successes the election of officers took place facilitated by our President Cllr. Peter Feeney. The 2015 committee was selected as follows; Chairperson Trevor Tuffy; Vice Chairperson Jim Reidy; Secretary Chris Flannery; Assistant Secretary Des Glynn, Treasurer Stephanie O’Regan, and Ronan Killeen as PRO.

The AthenryTidy Towns would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the commitment and hard work of the outgoing committee in particular the outgoing Chairperson Tadgh Costello and Secretary Eddie De Vere both of whom have been devout officers for the past six years. In addition to Eddie’s secretarial duties he also spent a lot of his spare time working with the team in keeping the streets and surrounding areas in pristine condition. When Eddie wasn’t liaising with the local primary and secondary schools coordinating activities for the students he was wearing the soles of his shoes spraying weeds in the streets of our town!

Tadgh was an exceptional Chairperson, from rallying and coordinating the troops on a weekly basis for cleaning activities or project work to liaising with the many local and national organisations in relation to grant applications and administration activities.It is unknown how much mileage Tadgh has clocked up on his trusty BMW pulling the Athenry Tidy Towns trailer collecting rubbish and watering flowers!

With the long evenings approaching we will be commencing our program of street cleaning and our 2015 projects. If you are looking for some extracurricular activities and fun for the long evenings, please join us. You do not have to commit to coming out every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, just show up when it suits. We are usually out for around an hour on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7.00pm and at 8.00am on Saturday mornings.

We would ask everyone to be aware of litter and general untidiness and to help us present our town in its best and cleanest light. If you notice anything in particular that you believe requires immediate attention, you can contact us by email at athenrytt@gmail.com, use the 'Contact Us' page on our website, Google AthenryTT, or ring 0872363914.

We would ask all businesses in the town to help us by regularly sweeping outside their premises and to refrain from putting up any posters or signs around the town.

Let's work together to make our town beautiful. Athenry Tidy Townsglan is glas

The Vincent Wildlife Trust's first pine marten day is taking place on Thursday May 1st, in the Ardilaun Hotel, Taylor's Hill Galway.

The final running order is almost finalised, but so far the arrangements are as follows: Registration from 8.30 that morning, tea and coffee will be available on arrival.
Introduction and Welcome 9.15
First Speaker at 9.20.
There will be twelve presentations in total, each will last 15 mins, with a further 5 mins for questions.

There will be mid-morning and afternoon tea/coffee breaks, and also a lunch break (soup, sandwiches, tea/coffee). The day will finish with a discussion period to allow more input from both speakers and delegates. The day should conclude at approx 5.30pm.

Below is a list of the speakers and the titles of their talks, more information can be found on the Vincent WildlifeTrust's Irish website: www.mammals-in-ireland.ie

The hotel is located 1km from the city, please visit the hotel website if you need to view a map showing its location and to obtain GPS information. www.theardilaunhotel.ie There is ample free parking. The hotel's telephone number is 091 521433.

David Bavin: The Vincent Wildlife Trust: Preparing the ground for pine marten re-establishment in Wales.
Lizzie Croose: Pine marten recovery in Scotland: results of a scat-based expansion zone survey.
Huw Denman: Managing forests to benefit pine martens.
David Lyons: Pine martens and humans: experiences of National Parks and Wildlife Staff in County Clare.
Ferdia Marnell: The conservation status of the pine marten in Ireland: a species of least concern.
Ewan McHenry: Pine martens on paths: factors influencing the detectability of pine martens during scat surveys.
Derek McLoughlin: Observations of two released rehabilitated pine martens from Letterkeen Wood, Co. Mayo, with reference to habitat use.
Declan O'Mahony: Pine marten in Ireland - a 21st century resurgence?
David Scallan: Gun clubs and pine martens: perceptions, conflicts and solutions.
Emma Sheehy: The role of the pine marten in Irish squirrel population dynamics.
David Tosh: A new survey: detecting the pine marten in Northern Ireland using extensive camera trapping in a stratified sample of woodlands.
Peter Turner: The pine martens of Portlaw Woods, population patterns in a small pine marten population during an eight year genetic census.

As well as these presentations, a new leaflet, a joint publication by the Trust and the NPWS, will be launched. This will provide practical information about pine martens for householders.


Burren Bursts into Bloom

Burren in Bloom festival programme now available online!

The annual arrival of the Burren’s world famous wildflowers is unrivalled in the rest of the country - the Burrenbeo Trust’s Burren in Bloom festival is a celebration of this, opening the magic of this landscape to all.

Running throughout the month of May in venues around the Burren, Burren in Bloomwill feature nearly 40 events including walks, talks and cultural events, with a choice for all age groups.

With walks during the month on topics ranging from butterflies to bats and farming to flora there is plenty to attract the outdoor enthusiasts. The talks schedule is equally varied and includes talks on botanical art, renowned botanist Dr Patrick B O’Kelly, climate change, wild gardens, prehistoric archaeology and the Burren’s first people.

There are also exhibitions, a photography workshop, book launches, a family book picnic event and the Burren Ecotourism Network food and adventure trail events.

The festival runs from the 1st of May to the 1st of June. To download the festival brochure visit www.burreninbloom.com and for more information contact info@burreninbloom.com or 091 638096.


Anti Litter Campaign

We would recommend
that everyone brings their cameras on all walks around the town this year  and to take photographs of mammals, birds, bees, butterflies, other insects and wildflowers. These can be submitted to ourselves at athenrytt@gmail.com, where they will be displayed on the site. Www.biology.ie. and www.wildflowersofireland.net are hoping to build a national database of wildflowers in Ireland and their locations, and pictures and locations can be easily uploaded to the www.biology.ie site and identifications are available on either site. We will have the
majority of the local wildflowers up on our site soon, so keep checking back.


Tg4 Tree Planting Coverage

Please check back regularly as this site will be updated every week.