BALLYGURTEEN village made history by coming first in the 2017 Anti-Litter Challenge run by Cork County Council.
This prestigious award, vyed for by 86 villages throughout the county, was presented by County Mayor, Cllr Declan Hurley to Jason Collins and Frances Stanley, representing Kilmeen & Castleventry Community Development Association.
Their members organised the anti-litter campaign which ran throughout the summer, working alongside the residents of Ballygurteen and other community volunteers.
Tim Lucey, CEO of Cork County Council complimented all of the towns and villages taking part and assured them of the Council’s continued support, while Ted O’Leary of the Council’s Environment staff, who acted as MC for the awards ceremony, referred to the huge voluntary effort and vibrant community spirit apparent in communities taking part in the Anti-Litter Challenge, an effort and spirit which he hoped would continue in the future.
Jason Collins said that winning this award was an outstanding achievement for Ballygurteen village .
He said that it was well-deserved and represented many hours of dedicated community effort by members of the Community Development Association, by the residents of Ballygurteen and by volunteers from the whole parish community.
This major success for Ballygurteen was celebrated in McCarthy’s Bar in the village last Saturday.