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Ballyboughal Tidy Towns Newsletter – May 2015


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This is an online version of the Ballyboughal Tidy Towns Newsletter for May 2015.

A big thanks to Dan, Sam and Eddie and all the group for their help. Of note, this is all their hard work, and writing – very happily reprinted here.

Update: click here to view photos of Ballyboughal Tidy Towns works in progress. 

It’s a great read. Go grab a cuppa and enjoy. 

Ballyboughal Tidy Towns Newsletter – May 2015


A huge thank you to everyone who supported our first Pub Quiz, held on 27 March. It was a great success. Many thanks to O’Connor’s Pub for the venue and to our local quizmaster Colm. We are very grateful to all our sponsors for donations of raffle prizes and cash donations. Thank you to all who attended on the night. We greatly appreciate your support.

We hope you enjoyed the beautiful daffodils which we planted throughout the village this year, kindly provided by Fingal County Council. Other recent and ongoing projects include:

Grogan’s Cottage:
Thank you to our local artist Amy Cooney for her artistic touches to Mr Grogan’s Cottage. Thanks to Keogh’s for providing the potato box which we will be using as a planter – we are also hoping to install a water butt to harvest rainwater to keep the plants looking good all summer.
Monument Park:
Last year the committee removed the overgrown shrubs from Monument Park, re-seeded the grass area and added a trellis-style fence. Following on from last year’s work we have recently re-instated the bench, added summer bedding around the Monument and planted a Box Hedge. We thank Eddie O’Connor for his generous donation of all the Box Hedging plants which he has grown over the past few years from cuttings.
Field beside Mace Shop:
This March, following on from last year’s clearance of weeds and re-seeding of grass, we planted a Beech hedge along the roadside boundary. Thanks go to Fingal County Council who kindly provided the hedging.
This year we have built a new hexagonal planter at Doorogue which has recently been planted. Thanks to Robbie Maxwell for helping with the filling of the planter and to Stephen Dungan for supplying the recycled wood.

Preparations for Tidy Towns Competition:
It’s that time of year again … we are preparing our submission for the Tidy Towns Competition. The judging takes place in early June. If everyone could please focus on keeping their own gardens and roadside areas neat and well maintained, that would be great. We will be out and about looking after
plants and we welcome help from anyone who would like to adopt a patch near where they live and help to keep the plants looking beautiful all summer.

Any member of the community who has a genuine difficulty in managing their garden – please contact any member of the committee – we are more than happy to help.

Competition for Best Kept Front Garden:
We will be running a competition for the best-kept garden within the village (ie. within the four 50km speed signs). Thank you to Nessie Bergin who has generously donated a cup as a prize for the winner.

Village Clean-up:
Our sincere thanks to those in the community who have volunteered their time and effort to clean up the village – verges, sweeping footpaths, litter picking, painting fences, etc. We really appreciate all your hard work and dedication to keeping the village tidy and looking good.

Ballyboughal Hedgerow Society:
Many thanks to Ann Lynch and The Hedgerow Society, for sharing invaluable knowledge of local hedgerows. We greatly appreciate the advice and assistance. Sli na Sceacha is a 6 mile walking and cycling route along hedge-lined country lanes around Ballyboughal – for further details and a map see the sign located at the Bridge in the village or go to

Attention all dog owners:
We would like to respectfully remind you that if your dog decides to poop in public, it is your responsibility to clean it up, not theirs. Dog waste can be placed in any litter bin. See for details of the Green Dog Walkers Scheme.

Tip of the Month – use a basin in the sink to collect water for watering plants. Visit for more advice on conserving water at home and in the garden – there’s a section here for kids too.

Tidy Towns Committee

Eddie O’Connor – Chairman 087 0526836;
Dan Hennessy – Treasurer 087 7987422;
David O’Connor – Secretary 087 6803860;
Caroline Delaney; Liz Ryan; Susie O’Brien; Mary O’Brien; Frances Ryan; James O’Reilly; Nuala O’Reilly; Gavin Mulligan; Martin McGinley; Catriona Hoey; Sam Mulligan

Hedgerow & Ditch Clean-up:
Thanks go to Ballyboughal Community Council for organising the recent hedgerow and ditch clean-up in April. Working together as a community we can keep our village tidy.

Thanks to Country Crest for their recent work on the Church of the Assumption.

Local Recycling Facilities:

Composting. The mulch boxes located at the river bank are now ready for use. We hope to use this compost in our planting throughout the village. Grass clippings, leaves, small thumb sized twigs are all suitable materials. Please leave the area tidy after use. These mulch boxes do not accept food waste. Tips for home composting and a free downloadable guide to home composting can be found at

Remember the brown bins DO accept food waste such as vegetable peelings and eggshells. For more information go to Fingal Councy Council’s website or telephone
01 890 5000

Glass Bottles. Ballyboughal’s facilities for recycling glass bottles is currently located opposite O’Connor’s Pub on the main street. This facility accepts green, brown and clear glass bottles. Please take care to leave the footpath area tidy after use.

Clothing. The Clothing Bank is located in the car park of Mace, on the main street. This facility accepts clean clothing, towels, sheets, blankets, curtains and shoes.

Household Batteries. Facility for recycling batteries available in Ballyboughal National School,
01 843 3469

Recycling Centres in Fingal:
Estuary Recycling Centre, Swords (beside Swords Business Park), 01 890 5985.
Coolmine Recycling Centre, Coolmine Industrial Estate, D15, 01 890 5986.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 8.00am-8.00pm: Sat: 8.00am-6.00pm: Sun/Bank Holiday: Closed

What items can I bring?
The following items can be brought FREE OF CHARGE:
Paper; cardboard; cartons; tins & cans; glass bottles & jars; plastic bottles (washed and squashed, tops removed); clean plastic packaging; clothes; Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE); florescent tubes & energy saving bulbs; car & household batteries; cooking oil & engine oil.

There is a small charge for the following items:
Bulky waste, eg furniture & carpet; wood; metal; green waste; rubble; duvets & pillows; household hazardous waste (paint, herbicides, household cleaners, etc).

Visit for more details

Upcycling is re-using. Have you an item which someone else may be able to use?
Visit – this website allows you to pass on items free of charge. Don’t rubbish it, re-use it!
Visit – if you have items which could be re-used by others.

Please make sure your business premises are clean, painted, trimmed and well maintained. The way your business premises look reflects on the rest of the village so please keep this in mind throughout the year.

As a committee we are currently working on our longer term plans for the village. Keep a close eye on for Tidy Towns activities. If anyone has any ideas about what they would like to see in the village or incorporated into our plans we would be delighted to hear from you. Good suggestions are always welcome and we are delighted to talk to anyone – just call a member of the committee or email your suggestions to:

Thanks to Fingal County Council for their help in printing this Newsletter

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