A group of over 30-strong volunteers from Cavan Gaels assembled outside Con Smith Park last Saturday morning to engage in a ‘litter pick’ around the county town.

Strength in coming together

Over 30 members of Cavan Gaels football club - from players to parents and children - participated in a litter pick around the county town last Saturday.

The volunteers assembled at 10am at Con Smith Park, where litter warden Maria Morgan kitted them out with bibs, bags, glovers and pickers. By lunchtime, they had filled over 70 refuse sacks between them. The chairperson of Cavan Tidy Towns, Tony Prunty, was most grateful for their help in tidying up the environs of the town.

"The recent Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) report showed that Cavan Town has ben classified as 'moderately littered' and not 'clean by European standards'. This downgrading has been attributed to the effects of the Covid pandemic and most towns in the country have suffered a similar decline.

"Hopefully this initiative by Cavan Gaels will inspire other clubs or community groups in the town to organise their own clean ups and, in so doing, help make Cavan a much tidier town and a place to be proud of," said Mr Prunty.

"The town looked a whole lot cleaner afterwards. Plans are in place for further clean ups in the near future," he concluded.