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Ballygurteen cleans up with anti litter award

September 26th, 2017 5:06 PM

By Southern Star Team

Ballygurteen representatives Frances Stanley and Jason Collins, who won the Category C Villages award, being presented with it by Cllr Declan Hurley, Mayor of Cork County, and Tim Lucey, chief executive. (Photo: Gerard McCarthy)

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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.

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