Emyvale Tidy Towns Committee are delighted to announce our 50th Year Tidy Towns Celebration.
It will be held on Sunday, October 22nd from 4-6pm in the Emyvale Leisure Centre.
Refreshments will be served and everyone is very welcome, especially previous Tidy
Towns volunteers. The committee is very enthusiastic about doing a display on the
history and past faces of Emyvale Tidy Towns but need your help. If any one has photos
or newspaper clippings please drop them in to Mary Flynn, 20 Main Street, Emyvale,
or give to any committee member as soon as possible. The items will be copied and
returned to their owners.
Tidy Towns Results
Below we publish the Official report on Emyvale’s adjudication this year and two
images from the presentations made. We also publish extracts from the County Tidy
Town’s Network statement and we will add our own comments later. In the meantime
our congratulations to Emyvale and Glaslough on their successes.
1042 Emyvale Monaghan C 35
Community Involvement & Planning / Rannpháirtíocht an Phobail & Pleanáil:
Emyvale is most welcome to the 2017 tidy towns competition. Many thanks for your
entry form which included many photos to complement the text. This is an excellent
way of showing the adjudicator the effectiveness of your work. There was a wonderful
sense of energy coming from the pages and it is evident that great work is being
done. You have a decently sized committee and active engagement with your local schools.
In the few short years in which you have been active you have made phenomenal strides
in achieving your goals, well done! You are wished every success with your community-centred
hub and no doubt this will lead to bigger and better things. Your three-year plan
was read with interest and contains many worthwhile actions. We look forward to an
update on its progress in 2018. Your map could be improved upon. In addition to the
main landmarks it should highlight the locations of key projects for this year. That
said, this is a very good entry which is clearly and succinctly presented.
Built Environment and Streetscape / An Timpeallacht Thógtha agus Sráid-dreacha:
Your use of photos in this category is excellent. Well done for painting MacKenna's
outhouse while the
enhancement of the parish field car park is a major lift for this area. The enterprise
centre and the role of businesses here were looking very well on adjudication day.
Similarly along Main Street many businesses were looking fresh and bright. Centra
is an unfortunate exception. The blacking out of windows and pasting of walls with
advertising posters detracts from the streetscape while Christmas decorations added
to the untidy air. More Christmas decorations on the leisure centre should also be
removed. The Scarna Inn was admired for its flags and abundance of flowers. Maybe
the owners could be encouraged to repair the name sign which is missing some letters.
The small doorway plaques, e.g. for market house and coach house, are interesting
features and perhaps the basis for a heritage trail through the town.
Landscaping and Open Spaces / Tírdhreachú agus Spásanna Oscailte
There is a noticeable lack of trees along Main Street and perhaps this is a long-term
project which you could work
on with Monaghan county council. Appropriate trees add shelter, dampen noise, absorb
pollutants and give
wonderful year-round visual relief. Without them the Main Street is left looking
rather bare. Well done for planting
bluebells (assuming these were native bluebells and not the invasive Spanish variety).
The completed loop walk at Emy Lough is a major amenity for the town, a fantastic
addition that will no doubt be enjoyed by present and future generations. Similarly
the new allotments and playground will bring multiple benefits. At the bridge you
have planted begonias and these are very small plants which have little impact. Try
to aim for a larger flowering shrubs in this location. Containers along the roadside
near the farm shop are too large and so minimise the impact of the flowers here.
Try smaller containers which are lower to the ground
Wildlife, Habitats and Natural Amenities
Your various surveys are a great way of raising awareness of the biodiversity in
your area. These can be ongoing
and added to as new discoveries are made. How can you bring this information to a
wider audience? Indeed how
can people participate in this endeavour? Your work, along with the anglers is raising
awareness of water quality
and the importance of healthy rivers to our environment. This is excellent. Keep
your focus here on awareness
raising events as this is such an important aspect of your heritage. Along the riverbank
try to reduce the expanse of grass which is being maintained. This would give more
space for nature while reducing quantities of cuttings (which are being inappropriately
dumped near the water's edge).
Sustainable Waste and Resource Management
There are some interesting initiatives underway in the town. How is information shared,
for example between the
poultry factory and the wider community? Do your schools take part in the green flag
program? This is a most
important initiative which can act as a nucleus for ideas across the community. This
can be a daunting area but try to pick a small number of ideas which can be applied
broadly. For example home composting which can be used in your allotments. Or working
with local retailers to reduce plastic packaging. For more helpful tips and case
studies from other Tidy Towns entrants please take a look at http://localprevention.ie/tidy-towns
Tidiness and Litter Control
You have a well-defined system for maintaining litter control on roadways and this
is excellent. Well done to
volunteers for their time in this. You also have organised cleanups and the photos
show impressive volumes of
rubbish removed, hopefully this will be reduced the next time. You are applauded
for tackling other tidiness issues around the town and do persevere in addressing
problem areas, with Monaghan county council if needs be. Are there any long-term
plans to remove overhead wires? Litter control on adjudication day was mostly good
but some litter had gathered near the bus stop as well as the seating area near the
Residential Streets & Housing Areas
Many attractive homes were admired throughout Emyvale on adjudication day. One estate,
across from Centra, has particularly nice houses but the entrance has been commandeered
for the sale of used cars! This takes away from the civic space and should not be
permitted. Oriel Park was admired for its cherry trees and neat verges. Nice to see
new trees being planted here to replace the old. Gort an Chaibléara is another delightful
Approach Roads, Streets & Lanes
Beautifully maintained verges were admired on approach from Monaghan. There is no
need to place containers of
flowers on these verges, pots are best reserved for where soil is not available.
You are commended in your efforts
to curtail cheap advertising signage as this degrades the shared public space. There
are a lot of other ways for
businesses to advertise their wares. New surfacing through the town creates an excellent
impression, was there a
missed opportunity to install traffic calming ramps etc?
TOTAL MARK = Maximum 450 - Mark achieved in 2016 - 254; Mark achieved in 2017
We won "The Waters and Communities National Award" sponsored by Inland Fisheries
Ireland, Waterways Ireland and the Local authority Waters & Communities Office. We
also were one of the runners-up in "The Sustainable Development Award" sponsored
by Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.
Extracts from County Network Statement:
It was another fantastic day to be from Co. Monaghan, sitting in DCU’s Helix theatre
yesterday for the announcement of the results of this year’s National Tidy Towns
Following on from their stunning gold medal in the Entente Florale Europe competition
last week, Glaslough was shortlisted for the Top Village title, closed to within
two points of the overall national title, and once more came home with the county
title and retained their Gold Medal.
Carrickmacross were shortlisted in the four top small towns in Ireland, and also
retained their Gold Medal. Monaghan retained their Silver. Scotshouse achieved the
Endeavour award for the entry in Co. Monaghan to have gained the most marks between
2016 and 2017 – congratulations!
The Toast of the county yesterday were Emyvale Tidy Towns, who took home a Highly
Commended in the Sustainable Development award for their Emy Lough Looped Walk, and
WON the Waters & Communities Award thanks to the fantastic project led by Enda Fields
out on Emy Lough, which involves monitoring the water quality with the help of tea
Well done to everyone, and on behalf of the people of Co. Monaghan, thank you all
very sincerely for the work you do all year round to help make our county the wonderful
place it is to live.