2019 Adjudicator’s Report:
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.
Thanks for your support
Go raibh maith agat
In our last post regarding the Annascaul Tidy Towns Action Group Action Plan we explained that each year we make an entry and include objectives for the following years, in this case 2019-2021. Only one entry is allowed from each locality and the scope of the work is extensive.
The Plan is divided into categories and in this post we will discuss the “Community” category. This is about how ATTAG integrates with the whole community. There are Special awards available each year which help to recognise local effort. In 2019 we reviewed these awards and did not feel that they were relevant for a Village of our size. Communication is a big sub-category and apart from the ever reliable word of mouth we decided to expand our social media presence.
We now have what’s called a multi channel approach and so have the Facebook account, Annascaul Tidy Towns Action Group, a Twitter account, @TidyAG and an Instagram account, annascaultidytownsAG. These are the official sites and to be reliable are not to be confused with sites of similar names. We post regularly regarding work going on in the Village and sometimes indulge ourselves by posting views of our beautiful surroundings !!
In addition we have developed two websites, this one: annascaul.org and annascaul.community. The first is a general information site with very useful links to local services. The second is an exciting initiative to collate community archive photos, documents and information and present them on the website, more news of this soon.
We also use the local papers, publications and radio. We are fortunate to have a number of community workers who assist us in keeping the Village sparkling!! The Village is a popular tourist destination and we are developing a number of signboards to enhance the knowledge of our community. The latest board has just been erected outside the site of the Church of Ireland on Main Street.
That concludes this category explanation, sorry it was lengthy but you can see that there a lot to it!!
Keep sharing, liking and following and thanks for your support, go raibh maith agaibh!!!
You may or may not know that every year Annascaul Tidy Towns Action Group enter the Official National Tidy Towns Competition. This involves considering some priorities for the village and local environment and listing ideas into several categories. The ideas are put into our official entry and sent away to TT HQ and then adjudicators visit during the Summer. In a series of posts we hope to show you the categories and planned efforts for 2019/20 and welcome your feedback. In this post we have included a link for the full plan for this year should you want to review it. In our next post (in case you thought reading whole file gruesome) we will start on a category and explain the way we set about it. Hope you enjoy the insights and as always we would love you to like, share and follow our page. It helps to spread the message. Go raibh maith agaibh.
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.
A super weekend guaranteed in Annascaul.
This Saturday evening the Annascaul Playground Group will be holding a fundraising event “Who wants to be a Thousandaire?” at the Hillgrove Hotel Dingle.
8 ticket holders will be picked from the audience, with a chance to win €1000. Proceeds from the night will go towards building Annascaul Playground.
Tickets available in the local shops, post office and local pubs in Annascaul, more info on 086 343 2722.
Shuttle buses leaving South Pole Inn at 7pm and returning before midnight – book your seats now; return ticket €10.
More details here.
To learn more about the palyground project, vist their website https://www.annascaulplayground.ie
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.
Jerome Connor’s sculpture of Robert Emmet was the first commemorative sculpture of the Irish patriot in America. It was commissioned by the Smithsonian, funded by a group of Irish Americans and completed by Jerome Connor in 1916. It’s first home was the Smithsonian’s U.S. National Museum but on the 50th anniversary of the 1916 rising in April 1966, it was lent by the Smithsonian to be erected in a small park near the Embassy of Ireland and there it has remained.
To mark Ireland’s Easter Rising and the 100 year anniversary of the National Park Service, the site where the Emmet stands has undergone a major refurbishment and Jerome Connor’s Emmet was rededicated at a ceremony held on April 27th and presided over by Anne Anderson, Ambassador of Ireland as well as other dignitaries.
Margaret Kennedy, Washington, who captured the ceremony on video by special permission will deliver a talk at 9.15pm in the Jerome Connor Gallery, South Pole Inn Annascaul on May 7th about the re-dedication.
The Kerry County Council Mobile Library was in Annascaul this afternoon. The library van calls every other Friday, visiting from 2:45-3:45 pm.
Another excellent service provided to the residents of this lucky village.
You can read more about it here.