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Killarney Looking Good seeks creative ideas

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LOOKING GOOD: Pictured last year carrying out some work in Killarney are members of the Killarney Looking Good committee Patricia Mangan, Kathleen Foley, Claire Morris, Padruig O’Sullivan and Clio the dog. Photo: Michelle Crean

With many volunteers restricted at the moment and missing the vital work they do in the community, Killarney Looking Good Committee has come up with an idea of how to keep people involved.

The committee this week said that they want to try to engage their dedicated volunteers and others who may now have time to involve themselves in the project side of tidy towns.

“Community has never been so important and we need to look forward with hope and plan for a time after COVID-19,” Yvonne Quill from the Killarney Looking Good Committee said.

“We feel this is a great opportunity for the community young and old to reveal its creative talent and to come up with a plan for a project that will enhance our town!”

This project proposal should include the initial idea or concept, the potential location, a short list of what needs to be done to develop and implement the project, a rough estimate of costs, and a timeframe for completion on a maximum of three pages, she explained.

“The following are the criteria for projects covered by Tidy Towns, but we will consider all submissions; Community Involvement & Planning, Built Environment & Streetscape, Landscaping & Open Spaces, Wildlife, Habitats & Natural Amenities, Tidiness & Litter Control, Sustainability, Residential Streets & Housing Areas and Approach Roads, Streets & Lanes.”

“You are encouraged to develop a project proposal that you think would enhance Killarney for locals and visitors. This could include art, heritage, planting, biodiversity and sustainability. We are wide open to proposals and suggestions.”

Some of the projects completed by the Committee in recent times include planting on Mission Road, signage in and around the Deenagh, wooden animals by the Deenagh, murals, swift boxes, a series of walks and talks and campaigns around cigarette butts and dog fouling.

“The Looking Good Committee will assess the project proposals and if considered deliverable and within the remit of Tidy Towns, as funding becomes available we will work with you in relation to implementing the project.

Entry, by April 30, can be made by email to killarneylookinggood@gmail.com or should be posted to Killarney Looking Good c/o Town Hall.
“If you are cocooning we can arrange for collection.”

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Additional Flat fixture for Killarney Races next week

Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10). This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October […]

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Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10).

This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October 5) with declarations to run to be made by 10am this Saturday (October 8).

The race programme details for this fixture are on the HRI RAS website www.hri.ie.

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Lee Strand awarded Gold in Sustainability Programme

Lee Strand was recognised once again for their exceptional performance and commitment to sustainability with Gold Membership at the Origin Green 2022 awards. Origin Green is Ireland’s food and drink […]

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Lee Strand was recognised once again for their exceptional performance and commitment to sustainability with Gold Membership at the Origin Green 2022 awards.

Origin Green is Ireland’s food and drink sustainability programme led by Bord Bia – The Irish Food Board. Gold Membership is awarded to companies who demonstrate an exceptional annual performance on their sustainability targets.

“We are delighted Lee Strand is recognised once again with the prestigious Origin Green Gold Membership for our commitment to sustainability,” Gearoid Linnane, CEO said.

“In Lee Strand environmental management and sustainability are key elements of our business model, from launching 100% renewable cartons, to reducing water usage and energy efficiency. This is a great achievement by our sustainability team who are continually striving for higher levels of environmental excellence. We would also like to thank Veronica Kennelly from the Munster Technological University who assisted Lee Strand in the development of our Origin Green plan.”

Origin Green continues to evolve to ensure Bord Bia is helping Irish food and drink companies to remain up to date with the evolving needs of trade customers and their consumers, globally. With the introduction of the Origin Green credits system in early 2022, it is now easier to identify members who are performing at a high level or excelling in their sustainability performance.

To retain ongoing membership of Origin Green, companies must subsequently submit an annual review to demonstrate clear progress against the established targets and initiatives set. This annual review is subject to an independent third-party review by their verification authority Mabbett. This ensures minimum programme requirements are consistently met and maintained. Companies receive credits for their performance in areas such as raw material sourcing; water and energy efficiency; waste reduction; packaging; and social sustainability. Origin Green has established five different membership tiers based on company size and turnover, so that a real diversity of industry is reflected in the overall Gold Membership.

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