Fourth Class pupils showed great enthusiasm for the Tidy Towns and the Community Wardens message. L-R back - Aoibhin Smith Lynch, Teacher of 4th Class; Dareen Duffy, Community Warden; Marie Morgan, Community Warden; Paul Lynch, Secretary Cavan Tidy Towns; Thomas Lynch, Cavan Tidy Towns; Anne Donnellan, Principal.

TT Roadshow rolls into schools

One of the goals of Cavan Tidy Towns is to get the message of keeping the county town looking its best out to local young people. As part of this information drive, the group’s Road Show has been visiting the primary schools across Cavan Town and beyond in recent times.

Secretary of the Cavan Tidy Towns, Paul Lynch, told the Celt they were staging the Road Show in conjunction with the Litter Wardens to highlight the requirement to not litter the streets or environment.

“We are explaining to the pupils the work carried out by the community wardens and the focus of the Cavan Tidy Towns organisation. This includes recycling, litter picks and showcasing the re-use of plastics. The idea is to inform the young people that litter is no longer an issue for the country – it is also an individual issue. Everybody has a choice whether they want to litter or recycle.”

The two Community Wardens, Marie Morgan and Darren Duffy were present at the event in St Felim’s NS last Friday and they were joined by Paul’s Tidy Towns colleague, Thomas Lynch.

Paul Lynch explained how they are involved in the exciting Fairgreen Community Garden project. The garden group practice water harvesting together with recycling, composting, solar energy - activities which engage young people. The aim is to keep their enthusiasm going.

One of the major projects carried out by the Tidy Towns in recent times is the installation of new signage on all the approach roads to the town. It features Cavan Tidy Towns’ logo and ‘Welcome to Cavan Town’ message.

“We have also put in lovely pollinated bedding in the foreground of each sign. We are the first Tidy Towns Group in the county to put approach signage in place. Every county that you visit in Ireland already has Tidy Towns signage.

“I hope it sets the ball rolling for other Tidy Towns groups in the county to erect signage,” he added.

Principal of St Felim’s NS, Anne Donnellan said it was a fantastic initiative by Cavan Tidy Towns. She hopes the pupils will bring the message home to their families.

“It supports our Green School initiative and we are currently going for our fourth flag.

“We already have flags for waste, water and energy and the focus now is on attaining our travel flag,” said Anne Donnellan.

There are currently 265 pupils attending St Felim’s NS. There are currently 39 languages spoken amongst in Cavan Town school's pupils attending from all over the world.

“In a recent assembly we had 20 boys speaking in Polish in front of the entire school and the top languages are Ukrainian, Russian and Malayalam from India,” said Ms Donnellan.