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21st Annual Clean Up the Comeraghs

Dear Editor,

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

This is the 21st anniversary of the "Clean Up The Comeraghs" which this year takes place on Easter Monday the 2nd April. People continuously ask why we still organise this event every Easter Monday. The answer to that is because of public demand and the support we get from every area. It’s an annual event for hundreds of people and it’s their chance to clean up their own area before the start of summer. Last year we covered the largest area ever and the amount of litter collected was the smallest amount since we started 21 years ago. Large scale dumping has almost ceased. The areas covered were from the Pike right through Englishtown continuing on to Faha down to McGraths Cross with all link roads leading onto the N25 and other roads heading towards Stradbally village also cleaned. The full parish of Kilrossanty and Fews was also covered including up the Mauma to Bearys Cross on the Dungarvan Clonmel Road and from the Pike to Leamybrien on the N25 and from there onto Kilclooney Woods on the R676 Carrick On Suir road. Last year there was also a number of people from outside the village of Clonea Power who went as far as Flahavans Mill outside Kilmacthomas. Another group took care of the Ashtown area right up to the Carrick On Suir road.

As stated last year there are now many roads in the Comeragh area that are now almost free of litter. The reason for that is that people continuously pick litter in their own area all year round. The Comeragh Community Group are constantly being asked for bags when people see litter dumped in certain areas. Other areas like the main roads leading out from Leamybrien and the forests continue to be a major problem. Over the years the CCDG has tried to educate, inform and lead public opinion by influencing policy at local and national level. One of the first campaigns we had was highlighting the scourge of plastic bags in the countryside. Our campaign was eventually successful when a levy was placed on every bag purchased. Overnight a problem was solved by hitting people in the pocket.

The disposable coffee cup is another item that is becoming a major problem in Ireland. A levy on those would also eliminate the problem. If people do not want to pay that levy then they should bring a reusable Travel Mug with them or else drink their coffee on the premises in a reusable cup.

Recently the Comeragh Community Group featured on RTE News and Nationwide in relation to the Crough Wood Walk which we opened the first phase of in 2007. The positive feedback that we got from those programmes has been totally amazing. We have offers of help from all over Ireland and beyond with many more locals joining the group who want to see the Crough Wood Walk completed. Recently we purchased land from a local farmer which will take the walk from the current entrance in Crough Wood right down to the Village of Mahon Bridge. We are also dealing with some environmental issues in the section near the Mahon Falls which we are confident will be sorted out in the near future. The full walk will be over three miles long when completed.

To conclude we are appealing for volunteers again this Easter Monday for our clean up..The Comeragh Clean Up covers over 40 miles so many volunteers are required. We need a lot of people for the sparsely populated areas of the region. The arrangements for the day are as follows:

Easter Monday 17th April 2017.

10am – meeting point in Leamybrien outside the MACE supermarket to collect gloves and bags. Also to be allocated area to clean.

Midday until 2.30pm refreshments will be served to all our volunteers in St Brigids’ Hall, Kilrossanty. Please remember to be safe at all times. Children must be accompanied by an adult and Hi Visibility vests or clothing should be worn.

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