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June 27 2017

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April 2017

16th April 2017 - Easter Monday - Opening of 1916 Centenary Memorial Park

We are so proud to be part of this historic event to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising.

In 1966, the 50th anniversary of the rising was marked with a Celtic Plaque, this was unveiled under the Clock on the Market House on the Market Square.  The plaque was not always noticed by passersby but it has been there 51 years and now this is a continuation of the precedence set in 1966.  We wanted to be part of the marking of this glorious event, our committee decided that we would take on the task of building a permanent monument to remember those who took part in the 1916 rising and acknowledge the beginning of our freedom, those very brave Irish men and women.



We set up a sub-committee which was made up myself, Cllr Bill Collentine Chairmen of MTT, our administrator Anita Kennedy, our Treasurer Tómas Nally, John O’Neill RIP, Eamon McGowan, Jason McKevitt Historian, William Collentine Jnr. and Ger O’Connor. We wanted to make sure the men and women of the Easter Rising were remembered by our community with a local project that would stand the test of time, and be here for future generations to enjoy, to enhance our locality, our sense of community and to  make a significant historical tourist attraction to the community.  Included in our monument is a time capsule and people of Mullingar have deposited items which we hope will be opened in a 100 years from today.  Our monument came to fruition with the help of a lot of people, Mullingar Tidy Towns applied and received a grant from Westmeath County Council in association with Ireland 2016 and the department of arts, heritage and the Gaeltacht. We also received sponsorship, support and voluntary work from the local community and local business. With the help of local craftsmen, we as the committee think we have delivered a high quality piece of street furniture for our town and its citizens to be proud of Mullingar now has its own unique National Monument, a monument which Honours the patriots of our country who gave their lives to progress our march to freedom.  The National flag, our Tri-colour will now proudly fly over this town and make a significant historical tourist attraction. We hope that all who visit take time to enjoy the tranquil environment and enjoy the monument. Jason our local historian spoke of the Military History of the town shortly and Tómas will outline our idea of the time capsules and select the date of opening the capsules in 2116.

I wish to thank all who have supported this project, our sponsors, Westmeath County Council, Waterways Ireland, An Garda Siochana and express our appreciation for the band, the children of the school choir and anyone who has helped in any shape or form of which was plentiful.

 

Attached is a video of today’s events and we hope that you will take time to listen and enjoy it.



 

 

 

Jan - March 2017

Jan to March our main focus has been on the 1916 Memorial Park/Centenary Monument.  We have sourced 7 native trees, seeded the disturbed grass areas and turfed around our new monument.  Green Bridge & surrounding areas were planted with shrubs and native trees with the help of the scouts & Tús staff.

Jan. 30th 2017

Lidl have kindly donated some springtime bulbs to ourselves, if any of the residents associations in Mullingar would like to
collect some please contact Bill Collentine on 0862459216.

Jan. 2017

Dec. 14th 2016

We made a great video of the town at christmas, head over to our facebook page to see it. https://www.facebook.com/Mullingartidytowns1/
or our twitter page https://twitter.com/mullingartidyto

Dec. 12th 2016

The December 2016 meeting of the Lake County Beekeepers Club will be held on Wednesday the 14th December 2016 at 8:00 pm sharp in the Annesbrook House Hotel, Mullingar.

The annual membership fee is due for payment at this meeting. The annually membership fee remains €45.00. This comprises Club membership is €15.00 and FIBKA membership of €30.00, inclusive of Insurance and monthly magazine.

Wishing you all a happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year.

Dec. 7th 2016

Mullingar Tidy Towns would like to take this opportunity, to thank all those who have supported us during 2016 & wish you the very  best for 2017.  Here's hoping it will bring Mullingar great joy & happiness.

Dec. 6th 2016

Mullingar Tidy Towns received great news last week. We are pleased that an increased allocation of €10,000 by Westmeath County Council in the 2017 budget. We have great plans for this money.

We intend to continue out good works and invest in the town by commissioning a 3-5-year Town plan/ feasibility study. It is anticipated that this will allow us to grow as a group and provide the badly needed structure in order for us to achieve greatness in the Tidy Towns Competition.

We intend to install information signage, continue with planting various area’s and work on numerous project during the next year. It also allows for the general running of the office, including promotional works, community awards initiative etc.

We are very grateful to receive extra funding from Westmeath County Council budget 2017. These funds will future us in the national competitions, allow us to promote tourism and enhance the attractiveness of the town.

Thanks again

Bill Collentine

 

Dec. 5th 2016

We have been working closely with Mick Flanagan Angling Correspondent, Dermot Broughan Assistant Inspector of I.F.I to see if any improvement can be made with the angling along the Royal Canal in Mullingar. We have been insured that fish stock is good in this section and we are hoping to run some competitions along the banks in 2017. We would like to hear from any anglers out there who might be interested in getting involved.

Nov. 29th 2016

Mullingar switched on its christmas lights last night, doesn't it look

 

 

Oct. 25th 2016

Mullingar Tidy Towns have been notified that we are to receive a grant for a permanent structure from Westmeath County Council, in association with Ireland 2016 and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. This is to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising.

We envisaged that we will install 7 trees, a permanent monument and seating as part of the 1916 commemoration. This is to provide a conversational piece which will lead to exploration of historical research and through the education of Mullingar’s children. The proposed location is opposite the Fairgreen next to the canal.

Mr Bill Collentine, Chairperson of Mullingar Tidy Towns welcomes your input and if you would like to help or make any suggestions please do not hesitate to contact us This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

This project has been delayed unfornately however we are hoping to start in early 2017. Apologies

Mullingar Town Park was amoung twenty two parks and public spaces across Ireland to  have been awarded a Green Flag,
an international standard  benchmark for open spaces recognised throughout the world, organisers say.  This is the first year An Taisce
has made the award available to public parks, country parks, cemeteries and green spaces across the whole country.
Mullingar Town Park was awarded the Green Flag Award and everyone is invited to help raise the flag with our Lord Mayor Cllr. John Shaw.
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July 26th 2016

It is with deep personal regret that I inform you of John O'Neill's passing. John passed this morning in the company of his loving family and close friends. Each of us not only grieve at the passing of a tremendous individual and gentleman but also for the loss his family suffers.

 

During his time with Mullingar Tidy Towns John was a dedicated, passionate and valuable member who strove to improve, enhance and develop the community of Mullingar. So strong was John's dedication that he continued this work up to his final days.

 

May you rest in peace John we will remember you with fondness and gratitude for your invaluable contribution to Mullingar Tidy Towns.

Reposing at his home on Wednesday from 3pm to 8 pm and house private thereafter. Funeral Mass on Thursday at 12 noon in The Cathedral of Christ the King Mullingar followed by burial in Ballapousta Cemetery, Ardee, Co Louth arriving at 3.30pm approx. Family flowers only please; donations, if desired, to North Westmeath Hospice Homecare, Mary Street, Mullingar.

Ar dheis dé go raibh anam
"may his soul be at the right of God".

Chairman: Bill Collintine 
And Committee

 

July 25th, 2016

In a big push to get ready for the Tidy Towns Competition, local authorities and other

organisations have been sprucing up the town.   And a lots seems to have been achieved.

Our approaching roundabouts are nearly all planted and are looking resplendent.

 

Our hanging baskets went up on the Green Bridge last week, they looked really nice.

However, One was removed over the weekend and we love to see it returned.  Its hard to

keep the town looking nice if our work is going to be taken as soon as our backs are turned.

 

 

 

 

Down on Lynn Road, the road was resurfaced, new kerbing was installed, and the lawn was re-seeded.

 

 

 

 

The railway footbridge also got a new lick of paint and the footpath was resurfaced here too.

 

The highlight of our week, was receiving a cheque for funding from Mullingar Credit Union.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to them, in helping to develop and enhance Mullingar Town.

 

22 Jun 2016

Mullingar Tidy Towns would like to thank everyone involved in keeping our town,

clean, tidy and shipshape. Over the last few months, there has been many developments

in the town whilst we have been getting ready for the Supervalu Tidy Towns Competition.

 

Our aim is to keep these enhancements moving, as we don’t know when our town will be

judged by the independent panel of adjudicators. This panel has been appointed by the

Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. The assessment

generally happens during the summer months.

 

The improvements that were made included the sterling work of the community and Tus

employees Adam Daly, Eugene Markey, Kevin McCullagh and Stephen McDermot in a

big clean up of the Green Bridge area.

 

 

 

 

 

There was a major cleanup which included picking of litter and disposing carefully so as

not to endanger the wildlife.  The banks of the Grand Canal have received a makeover;

it has been planted with shrubs and flowers.

 

 

 

The grass was cut and the banks trimmed along the walkways, without going too close

to the canal to protect the wildlife. The old walkway was rediscovered, so it was weeded

and chipped, it still requires some minor repairs, but we are on the case! This area has

raised borders which we planted some creeping plants and some flowering plants at eye level.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As well as the banks we have also created a border at the electricity sub station.

A special thank to DPL (Oliver Brennan) and Lidl, which donated a lot of the

materials and bulbs used in this area.


Going forward we hope to get some more planters for the bridge and on the lamp poles along the walkway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29 April 2016

This afternoon we had the help of the 1st year students and their teachers to help in a cleanup around the Auburn, Pipers Borren and Royal Canal area.  Well done to all the students and teachers for their participation and we hope that this is the start of a joint effort which will continue to promote Mullingar as a litter free town!

 

 

4 Jan 2016

Jan 2016 - IBAL Anti-Litter Survey

 

 

 

Whilst we are delighted to see our position move in a positive manner from 23rd to 19th out of 40 towns/cities surveyed and maintain our Clean to European Norms rating, it is regretted that 3 sites / areas prevented Mullingar moving further up the ladder.

 

 

 

Ten sites in and about the town were surveyed with seven achieving Grade A status: R394 Castlepollard Approach Road (with Hospital), Fair Green Shopping Centre, R390 Athlone Approach Road, Mullingar Railway Station - Interior, Mullingar Railway Station - Exterior, N52 Delvin Approach Road, Recycle Facility (not specified but believed to be Blackhall Car Park.

 

 

 

Grand Parade was Grade B - "The open grass area is well presented with grass / trees etc in good order - it was let down by some casually dropped plastic bottles, cans and sweet papers".

 

 

 

For Sale Premises at 6 Patrick Street Grade B - "The level of food related litter at this site (with a For-Sale sign) was such that it could quickly become a seriously littered site. Paint was peeling from the building and the overall impression was one of lack of care".

 

 

 

Canal Bank Tow Path graded C - "There had been an improvement at this site in a recent IBAL survey. Unfortunately things have dipped somewhat again with heavy levels of a wide variety of food related litter reported on the banks, verges and in the water".

 

 

 

The Grade C is very disappointing after receiving a B last time round and especially in light of the work done along the canal especially at the Green Bridge side by all the Tus workers on behalf of the Tidy Towns. We are starting work from the Dublin Bridge end but all this work is so easily undermined by the actions of the few, who we appeal to now to please use the bins or bring your rubbish home.

 

Mullingar is a great town, so please don't rubbish it.

 

21 Dec 2015

As 2015 draws to a close we would like to thank everybody who supported Mullingar Tidy Towns during 2015.
A special word of thanks to all our volunteers, to the Tús and CE scheme workers, the local cub-scouts, Westmeath County Council, Mullingar Employment Action Group and our generous sponsors.
Wishing all a very happy Christmas and a great 2016!

 

23 Oct 2015

The Midland Simon Community have kindly agreed to host an "Upcycling Workshops" in the Greville Arms Hotel, Mullingar from 3pm to 5pm on Saturday 31st of October 2015.

This may be of benefit to the Co Westmeath local area villages and small towns committees for the 2016 entries (Sustainable Waste and Resource Management Section).

Due to limited facilities and space, we would ask that each group that wish to attend would send just one representative.

Please indicate (to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) if you plan to avail of this workshops.

 

28 Sept 2015

Mullingar has again increased its marks in the National Tidy Towns competition from 263 last year to 267 this year. This is seen as a reflection of the work put in by the previous committee and also the great work put in by the Tús and CE scheme teams and workers who did such sterling work especially at the Green Bridge section of the canal, where an overgrown path has been restored, a flower bed put in and many flowers planted in the area making it a very attractive area. We would also like to thank the local cub scouts for trojan work in cleaning and clearing litter at the canal and we hope to continue with developing the connection in to the future. It would be remiss of us not to thank the Mullingar public for their support and also the County Council for their assistance throughout the past year. However we would impress upon the public and the Council the need to be vigilant about litter at all times and continue to set and maintain the high standards now expected in the area of litter control. There is a now a new committee in place and the pressure is on to maintain the standards set by the previous committees.

 

24 Sept 2015 Best of luck to all towns, cities, villages etc on Monday 28 September!

 

31 Aug 2015 Good news coming in - Mullingar has risen six places in the Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) League this year!

 

15 July 2015 Yesterday evening we had the help of the 1st/10th Westmeath Scout Cubs and their leaders to help in a cleanup around the Fair Green area.  Westmeath County Council kindly gave permission for the cubs to plant a Silverleaf Whitebeam Tree to mark the occasion - Well done to all the cubs and scouts for their participation and we hope that this is the start of a joint effort which will continue to promote Mullingar as a litter free town!

 

 

 

18 June 2015 Time for the Mullingar Tidy Estates Competition!  Judging of Estates in Mullingar will commence on 1 July full details, prizes etc on the competition page.

 

8 June 2015 Well, somebody benefitted from our planting of Clematis around the ESB Station on the Green Bridge - the plants were stolen over the weekend!

 

 

21 May 2015 The AGM Last night elected Bill Collentine as our new Chairman and John O'Neill as Hon Secretary, who expressed their gratitude to the outgoing Chair and Hon Sec - Brian Reidy and Phil Darcy.

 

 

 

23 April 2015 The Annual General Meeting of the Mullingar Tidy Towns Committee will be held in the Mullingar Park Hotel on Wednesday the 20th May 2015 at 6pm.

 

 

26 March 2015 A great free event coming up in the RDS Dublin in April

 

26 Feb 2015 There will be a Tidy Towns Information Evening with guest speaker Billy Flynn (Ecologist & Tidy Towns adjudicator) on Monday 2 March 2015 in the Greville Arms Hotel, Mullingar starting at 7pm.

You can book a place through This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 044 9332125.

 

24 Feb 2015 To mark National Tree Week Westmeath County Council are giving away free saplings to interested local groups for more information contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

13 Feb 2015 Congratulations to Linda Collins - Winner of our St Valentines Day prize!

 

 

11 Feb 2015 Westmeath County Council publish their first Bio-Diversity Action plan see http://www.westmeathcoco.ie/en/media/Westmeath%20Biodiversity%20Action%20Plan%202014-2020.pdf

 

11 Feb 2015 Mullingar is the first town in the midlands to win the covetted Purple Flag status http://www.westmeathexaminer.ie/news/roundup/articles/2015/02/11/4035663-mullingar-awarded-purple-flag/

 

Just in time for St Valentines Day 2015, Mary Street Pharmacy have kindly sponsored this beautiful hamper and its free to enter!!

 

Just go to our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Mullingartidytowns1 and like and share the picture.  The winner will be announced at 4pm on Friday the 13th of February.

 

Look out for more great bagains on offer at Mary Street Pharmacy on http://www.marystreetpharmacy.ie/

 

 

 
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