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Killenard is a small village situated between the town of Portarlington and the village of Ballybrittas in the north-eastern corner of County Laois. The geographical area encompassed by Killenard consists of the townlands of Ballycarroll, Ballybrittas, Rathmiles and Tierhogar.

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To follow up on our very excited text message during the week … Killenard Tidy Towns is thrilled to have been named the Winners of the Laois Federation of Tidy Towns Category C Award with its prize of €500!!! For the third year in a row!!!
The following is a flavour of the report from the adjudicators:
In the Litter Control Category - “Well done on your efforts and signage in relation to dog fouling”. The adjudicators did find some litter (5 items) but noted no evidence of cigarette litter in Killenard or around the Thatch and said “well done on your efforts and the efforts of the local business as this was a problem previously noted on last year’s application.” “The bring banks were clean and litter free at the time of judging. It is great to see your water butt in such a prominent spot and being well utilised with the lovely floral displays throughout your area. Judges also noted that water is supplied from domestic water butts, it is great to see the knock on effect of your project.”
Natural Environment – “We would like to start by noting the lovely floral displays throughout the village, the work of the Tidy Towns Groups, local business and the community. It is great to see such a combined effort in Killenard. The lovely stone walls and mature trees make a nice entrance to the village along with the new signage. Your efforts on perennial planting and biodiversity are to be commended. The bug hotel continues to be a feature and reminder of your efforts in relation to wildlife in the area. Greens are mown and well maintained and all the verges were neat and tidy. This is a big undertaking considering the amount of planters and flower beds in the area, well done.”
Built Environment – “Judges noted the additional signage and information boards in the area. They are a great addition and interesting to locals and visitors alike. All the buildings in the area continue to be well maintained. Judges note your difficulty in relation to a derelict site in the village.”
Comments – “Firstly thank you and well done on the comprehensive application form and work programme, this is a great help to the judges and helps make sure we don’t miss any of your works while we are out judging. If Residents Associations are in place please make them aware of the Community Grant Scheme which is available in January each year to help with their works. Great to see your proactive approach to social medial such as Facebook. It is a great way of highlighting your works and letting people know when your work nights are on.
Suggestions/Recommendations – “Litter can accumulate underneath hedging and behind plants so keep vigilant.”
So thanks again to everyone who contributed to the effort in any way!!! And please pass on the message that we need more volunteers to keep up the good work!!!
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Delighted to let everyone know that we scored an extra 4 points in this year's National Tidy Towns Competition bringing our total to 267 points :-)
The Tidy Towns inspectors admired 'the splendid GAA facility' at O'Dempseys. They commented on how 'well presented' Mount St Anne's is and the 'beautiful' Community Centre. The landscaping at the Heritage was described as 'splendid in every way’ and ‘brilliant’. It was said that our ‘distinctive church and graveyard’ … ‘are a credit to the people of Killenard’. Our landscaping was highly complemented throughout the village, they said it was ‘presented to a high degree of workmanship’.
They were also very positive about the efforts being made in the area of biodiversity and made particular mention of the interest of Mount St Anne’s in the wildlife of the area and the very successful nature day held there.
Regarding the estates, Carriglea was complemented for its ‘beautiful entrance’ and excellent railings outside and inside, ‘houses presented to a high standard with beautiful open spaces and attractive young trees’. Killenard Lodge was also recognised for being ‘well kept again with good quality landscaping’. ‘Other private houses’ were credited as being ‘outstanding with nice flowers, trees and shrubs.
The report contains many suggestions for further improvements under a variety of headings. They are all achievable but only if we get more volunteers! Many of us on the committee have very limited ‘free’ time with work and family commitments, so unless we get more volunteers we will really struggle to continue to make improvements year on year. Please contact Sandie on 087 7651396 if you have some time to help out, the planning starts in the autumn so now’s the time to get in contact!!
The inspectors said that ‘we know we are entering a special village when we arrive at the pretty bilingual road signs’. I think that about sums up the report nicely, but if you want to see much more detail, please check out the full report on the Tidytowns.ie web site.
Enormous thanks to everyone who helped out in whatever way over the past year!!!
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Rural Community Safety & Emergency Response Training (Community First Aid Project) - Guidance for the rural community of Killenard on safety in the community and emergency response skills training will take place in Killenard Community Centre over 5 evenings (Wednesdays) September 10th, 17th, 24th, October 1st and 8th from 7.30 to 8.30 pm This course is given by Occupational First Aid Instructor, Gregg Duggan, First Point Safety, Portarlington. The course is free to participants but places are limited. To book a place, please contact Michael Cobbe on 087 2579345 asap. ... Read MoreSee Less

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Due to holidays etc, the Monday Activity Nights are suspended until further notice. Volunteers will be doing what needs to be done in their own time. If anyone has time to spare, please help by watering any containers in public areas, clear weed growth along gravel road edges etc including the bridge, pick up any litter you come across. Basically, if you see anything that needs doing, please do!! And enjoy the summer!!! ... Read MoreSee Less

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We really need volunteers to water containers at the community centre over the coming weeks. Any help would be appreciated. Please contact us if you can help with this!!!
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