In Post #3 on the subject of the Annascaul Tidy Towns Action Group multi year plan we want to cover the “Streetscape and Public Places” category. As part of our previous work in this category we have redecorated the exterior of Dan Foley’s pub, undertaken the painting and restoration of a number of Village water pumps and will shortly be completing work on an historical information sign in front of the Church of Ireland site. We had previously undertaken extensive work on this site and brought about a plaque commemorating the Protestant parishioners buried there. A brochure was also produced and is available at Public Libraries locally.
The Committee and supporters of Annascaul Community Playground have been working hard to bring the scheme to fruition and ATTAG intend to support the Committee where possible which may include helping to keep it neat and tidy when finished. We are fortunate to have the services of Community workers and they work to a schedule organised by the ATTAG Committee which includes keeping the Village roads and verges tidy, making repairs to stonework and walls, decorating and so on.
Street trees are an awkward challenge with such a narrow Main Street but we are currently investigating the addition of some native trees in the Village and surroundings. Most Monday evenings the Committee and other volunteers can be seen scraping away at the weeds and trying to keep the Village a place to be proud of !! That concludes Post #3 and as always if you have feedback or comments then we’d be happy to listen.
It’s almost the busiest weekend of the year in Annascaul: the Tom Crean Endurance Walk. The places on the walk have long been filled and the village will be full of activity.
Press Release from Annascaul Walking Club:
HONOURING TOM CREAN IN ANNASCAUL 21st and 22nd June 2019
The weekend will be launched on Friday evening with a wreath laying ceremony in the Tom Crean garden. This is currently planned for 8:30 pm on Friday.
On Saturday the Tom Crean Endurance Walk takes place, organised by the Annascaul Walks, it is a truly fitting event to honour Annascaul’s great Antarctic explorer Tom Crean.
The walk designed with the experienced walker in mind offers a great challenge to the participants over the 30 kilometres route with an elevation of 1900 metres incorporating Mount Brandon, An Géaran Mór, Ballysitteragh, An Cnapán Mór, Cnoc Mhaoilionáin and finishing with a steep descent to Com Dubh and on to the South Pole Inn in Annascaul village.
On completing the walk Enda O Brien grandson of Tom Crean will present a medallion to each walker and club photographer William Glasgow Howe will capture the special moment. The day finishes with a celebratory BBQ at Hanafin’s bar where events of the day can be discussed with old and new friends and plans for the 2020 walk put in place.
Annascaul Walks have invited the pupils of the local primary school Scoil Bhreac Chluain to take part in a ‘Junior Endurance Walk’. They too will each receive their special medallion to mark their achievement and get the opportunity to meet some of the world’s best explorers.
Annascaul’s entry for the National TidyTowns Competition has now been submitted.
With the competition now taking in so much more than just tidiness and litter control it was quite a task. Fortunately, with so many initiatives in the areas of the environment, sustainability and biodiversity taking place in the village, it was a very substantial submission. We hope the adjudicator will recognise all the hard work and planning the people of Annascaul are putting in.
We have now received back the Annascaul Tidy Towns Long Term Plan, prepared by the group in consultation with Sharon Eastwood, Co-Director of Woodrow Sustainable Solutions. Supported by funding from South Kerry Development Partnership Limited, it sets out an ambitious series of targets and will help to direct activities in the village until 2021. These will be incorporated in the competition entry, and a PDF version of the 48 page report is available here.