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A clean sweep in anti-litter challenge

Thursday, 12th September, 2019 8:45am

Volunteers from across the county’s cleanest towns were honoured this week for their commitments.

Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Christopher O’Sullivan, welcomed hundreds of volunteers to Cork County Hall to celebrate their achievements at the Cork County Anti-Litter League prize giving ceremony.

Now in its 23rd year, the Anti-Litter Challenge is a competition where Tidy Towns groups and other community organisations compete to keep their local environment clear of litter. Unlike the Tidy Towns competition, the sole emphasis of this competition is on litter.

Cork County Council’s Chief Executive Tim Lucey, praised the efforts of all involved and noted the fine margins that separated the prize-winners from the other participants.

The awards were presented by the Mayor of Cork County Cllr Christopher O’Sullivan who said: “Cork County Council’s Anti-Litter Challenge was the first of its kind in the country, with other counties looking to emulate its success. By focussing only on litter, the strength of community groups and pride of place are pushed to the forefront. I commend every village and in particular the dedicated volunteers working among them.”

Winners

Towns

Category A

1st - Castletownbere - €1,000

2nd- Millstreet - €750

3rd- Youghal - €500

Valued participants were Blarney, Carrigaline, Clonakilty with €200 each.

Category B1

1st - Dunmanway - €1,000

2nd – Carrigtwohill - €750

3rd – Charleville - €500

Valued Participants were Skibbereen, Crosshaven, Fermoy, Ballincollig, Schull, Macroom with €200 each.

Category B2

1st - Passage West - €1,000

2nd – Kinsale - €750

3rd – Newmarket - €500

Valued Participants were Mitchelstown, Mallow, Bandon, Kanturk with €200.

Villages

1st - Coolagown - €900

2nd - Berrings - €650

3rd - Kilmacsimon Quay - €400

Most improved

Town - Bantry - €250

Village – Cullen - €250

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