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27 Sept 2022

Litter-free Nenagh in a league of its own with second place spot in IBAL survey

Litter-free Nenagh in a league of its own with second place spot in IBAL survey

Kenyon Street, Nenagh

Nenagh has made a spectacular return to the IBAL litter league after a number of years being absent, coming in second place overall for the way the town is looking.

The latest litter survey was carried out over the summer in 40 centres and the town was just pipped by Fermoy as one of the cleanest towns in Ireland.

The news that Nenagh was “cleaner than European norms”, has been welcomed by Tipperary County Council.

“It is rare for a town to be in such pristine condition having been absent from the IBAL litter league for several years,” said the report, which is carried out on an independent basis by An Taisce.

The report singled out Nenagh railway station for special mention, it wasn’t just clear of litter but had been attractively presented and maintained.

“The wide paving, tree planting and freshly presented shop fronts all contributed to the overall impression created along Kenyon Street. The derelict premises The Railway Bar had weeds growing on the roof but there was no litter associated with it, said the report.

Tipperary County Council descibed the report as “welcome news”.

“This portrays a very favourable image of the town of Nenagh and it is testament to the work by the business premises, the council staff, the Chamber of Commerce and the Tidy Towns Committee in keeping the town free of litter,” said council and Nenagh Municipal District Council Cathaoirleach Cllr Mattie Ryan. “I would like to commend everyone involved”.

He referred to the fact that Nenagh had now achieved bronze medal status in the Tidy Towns Competition for four years in a row and said it was only a matter of time before a silver medal was achieved.

Cllr Ryan appealed to the owners of premises to remain vigilant and to work with the local authority to keep the town looking as attractive as possible.

He mentioned the various incentives available including the painting and enhancement scheme and the window box scheme as being opportunities for the owners of premises to receive support in their efforts.

The survey said that the R494 Portroe approach road created a positive first impression of the town, while the R498 had a virtual absence of litter in the area surveyed.

The grounds of Nenagh Castle were exceptionally well presented and maintained.

Pearse Street has scored very well with regard to litter, especially as there didn’t appear to be any visible litter bins. There was an abundance of shops, all seemingly in business, as opposed to vacant / derelict.

railway station

All aspects of the exterior of the train station were in very good condition –signage, bins, planted areas etc. and there was a complete absence of litter in the area surveyed.

The station platform was attractively adorned by flag stones and there was plenty of cast iron-work throughout. There was a charming “olde” world feel to the station and it was completely clear of litter.

However, the report noted that the Railway Bar was a derelict premises and weeds were pronounced and there was plenty of “greenery’ growing on the roof, but it was clear a careful eye was kept on this site as there was just the occasional item of litter to be seen.

The wide pavement on Kenyon Street creates a great sense of space along this shopping street, said the report. Many of the individual shops were freshly presented and there was plenty of tree planting throughout. As with Pearse Street, there didn’t appear to be any litter bins and yet it scored very well with regard to litter.

The report said that Nenagh Recycling Centre, a managed, facility was closed at time of IBAL survey. However, all appeared in very good order in front of the extensive number of recycle units. The surface was very fresh and clean.

The M7 motorway was excellently maintained with a virtual absence of litter to be seen. However, parking bays harboured some litter.

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