Kenmare Tidy Towns are continuously working for the betterment of Kenmare. Yet this would not be possible without support. We value all efforts, no matter how small. We have made every effort to be all inclusive and to recognise all initiatives. Please contact us if you have a project which should be included on the website.
“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” – Ryūnosuke Satoro
Supervalu are the main sponsor of the national Tidy Towns competition.
Our local Supervalu and Derry Murphy have been extremely generous to our group over the years.
Derry has been a constant support to us in Kenmare Tidy Towns, among other things, he has;
CE (Community Employment) Scheme funded by Department of the Social Protection has been operating since 1986.
The workers on the scheme do regular maintenance around the town and also work on projects.
Their input has proved invaluable to Kenmare Tidy Towns.
In 2019 a group of asylum seekers were posted to Kenmare and accommodated in the Atlantic Lodge. They are from many different backgrounds and have varying levels of English.
The local community has welcomed and included them.
Many of the individuals have helped with Clean Coast Initiative, planting trees on the Peninsula and engaging in tidiness/litter projects in return for the warm welcome given to them.
Taking part in local initiatives in the community helps to strengthen relationships, encourages integration and builds trust.
There are many local groups that are actively involved in litter picks, tree planting and other initiatives in Kenmare.
Irish Girl Guides have carried out litter picks on the Peninsula and as part of their activities, learn about global goals and sustainability.
St John of God Adult group are regular litter wardens of Reenagross Park.
Easier Access to Market Stalls project
Recycled outdoor seating project
The Ring of Beara Cycle is making every effort to go plastic free and made huge progress in 2019. Cyclists were asked to make sure that they carried their own water bottles as water would be available at 1000 L bowsers positioned around the route. This worked really well. Plastic water bottles were previously handed out to cyclists. Sandwiches were packed in paper wrapping. Biodegradable cups and as much unwrapped product as possible was used.
The signs used around the course are mostly recycled from year to year.
We’re not 100% there yet...but we’re trying very hard.
Kenmare Tidy Towns acted as litter wardens for the event making sure that no litter was left behind. The committee donated generously to Kenmare Tidy Towns for their effort in keeping Kenmare litter free during the whole event.
In partnership with Vincent Hyland of Wild Derrynane, we are actively highlighting the marine life in Kenmare Bay. Vincent is an artist, wildlife film maker, naturalist and outdoor educationalist.
He is passionate about the natural world and especially marine and coastal environment.
With Vincent's help and FLAG (Fisheries Local Action Group) funding, Kenmare Tidy Towns are highlighting the marine life in Kenmare Bay. Eco Telly is the most recent project, see more info under projects.
Transition Kerry's objective is to accelerate positive change in communities through inspiring, encouraging, supporting, networking and training to consider and then implement their vision for the future they want to live in.
Transition Kerry are currently training and mentoring members of the Kenmare community, to make positive changes in Kenmare, through a Climate Change and Biodiversity programme, facilitated by Kenmare Tidy Towns and funded by SKDP.
We are very lucky to have professionals who advise and support the Tidy Towns Committee.
Dr Patrick Crushell from Wetland Surveys Ireland did a baseline Ecological Survey and Biodiversity Plan for Reenagross Park, see Resources.
Jan Van Soest, horticulturist, helps us with implementing the All Ireland Pollinator Plan.
Sharon Eastwood from Woodrow has prepared our 3 year plan 2019 to 2021, which can be downloaded on our Resources page.
So on one chosen day, everybody involved picks all the litter off our main roads and by-roads. This has proved a great success and has gone from strength to strength each year . There has been a greater amount of volunteers each year cleaning up more roads and keeping our environment cleaner for locals and visitors alike, to enjoy and return to, whilst also creating more awareness of littering going forward.
KWD Recycling provide clean-up packs to groups which register at www.countycleanup.com or e-mail email@example.com and collection points will be designated around the county to ensure that all litter gathered is disposed of appropriately.
An Taisce is the national trust for Ireland. Kenmare Tidy Towns have been involved in many of the education programmes run by An Taisce.
Green Schools project involves school children in sustainability initiatives in their school. All schools in the Kenmare area have achieved Green Flag status and retain it over the years.
Students from Pobalscoil participated in the Learning about Forests, (LEAF) programme at An Choill Bheag, sponsored by LIDL/Supervalu.
The National Spring Clean is a nationwide anti-litter campaign which takes place during the whole month of April. Kenmare Tidy Towns participate in this initiative each year.
Clean Coasts organise hundreds of beach clean-ups annually - mobilising thousands of volunteers, removing considerable quantities of marine litter from our coastline, as an island nation and as a town on the sea.
Think before you flush is an awareness campaign by Clean Coasts, supported by Irish Water.
Clean Coasts reminds us of the importance and value of what we have and to look after it so everyone can enjoy it.
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