The Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council, Cllr John Paul Feeley, with community wardens Marie Morgan and Darren Duffy, linked up with Cavan Tidy Town members, Paul Lynch, secretary and Tony Prunty, chairman at Gaelscoil Bhreifne in Cavan Town last Thursday morning to launch a new Schools Art Project. It will use waste cans and bottles collected in specially-mad bins to create a piece of art. They were greeted by the Príomh Oide, Níamh Ni Ceallaigh and Emma Ní Ghealagáin, teacher and a number of pupils.

Saothar ealaíne iontach ar siúl i nGaelscoil Bhréifne

New bins for collecting cans and bottles were unveiled by Cavan Tidy Towns Committee at Gaelscoil Bhréifne last Thursday morning. When the bins are full, pupils will use the contents to create a piece of art to enlighten people about the need for recycling.

The bins were manufactured by Frank Dowd Engineering in Ballyjamesduff and, judging by the positive reaction, they may soon be rolled out in schools across the county.

Chairman of Cavan County Council, John Paul Feeley told the Celt this is a “great initiative by Cavan Tidy Towns, which do such brilliant work in and around the town, in conjunction with the council. They deal with litter and create an awareness of our responsibility for the environment, with a view to making the place more pleasant for the people living here and for visitors”.

He continued: “This initiative is encouraging an awareness amongst the children in the schools that are participating and hopefully it will also culminate in the creation of some wonderful art by the pupils.”

Cllr Feeley pointed out how the novel shape of the bins create additional interest among pupils and will help motivate them to put in their cans and bottles - later use them to create something eye catching.


Príomh Oide, Níamh Ní Ceallaigh, explained to the Celt that Gaelscoil Bhreifne is part of the Green Schools initiative. “We are so proud to participate in this initiative by Cavan Tidy Towns Committee. The committee has always been very good to us and have included us in everything and we always participate willingly. We think it is important that children know about looking after and respecting the environment in which they live.”

The secretary of Cavan Tidy Towns, Paul Lynch, said they were delighted to be launching their Schools Recycling Project for 2023.

“One of our members happened to be in Dungarvan, and saw bins in the shape of cans and bottles. We then approached Frank Dowd Engineering in Ballyjamesduff with a view to having them made. He has made 12 bins for us so far and both the community wardens and the waste management section of Cavan County Council are very impressed with them, as are the engineers.”

The Tidy Towns also gave Gaelscoil Bhreifne birch and beech trees to plant around the lake adjacent to the school.