Shane Guerin has caught the community spirit all right. Armed with a shovel, a high viz vest and lots of enthusiasm, Shane pitched in at the Cashen Car Park to help with weed control that TidyTowns was addressing on Monday last. With loads of weeds everywhere, he was a real help.

Also, with the sun out for the last two weekends, Ballybunion has seen huge influxes of visitors. The bank holiday brought out nearly 4,000 people to walk the beach and sunbathe on our sandy shores. TidyTowns is hoping that with the extra rubbish bins provided by the council that the streets, park and beaches will stay cleaner than in the past. We ask that visitors enjoy what we have to offer, especially as the restaurants & pubs are due to open up a little more, however, we want everyone to respect our community as they would their own home.

On the other hand, with the July deadline for this year’s entry into the TidyTowns adjudication competition quickly approaching, the Ballybunion team is trying to complete their list of new projects. Soon there will be a striking vertical name sign for the Cashen Park. You will find it where Sandhill Road ends at the river. In the park will be an entrance sign indicating the start of the new Biodiversity Garden. There you will find a meandering path to walk, 2 large bug hotels to investigate and the beginnings of a “ learning center” that is due to be completed this autumn. At the Cashen Park you will also find a new trailhead sign for the Beach Loop Walk. The walk also has been reposted with waymarkers and arrow signs all along the beach front, up Strand Road, down Sandhill Road and back to the start of the trail at the Cashen.

Also, the hard-working TidyTowns group is continuing the best they can to take care of ongoing maintenance. Weeding of flower beds, containers, verges and gutters is a top priority. Adding a bit of new colour by planting annuals is also on the agenda. If you can help out the TidyTown effort by doing your bit near your own home or even in the wider community, it would be very appreciated.

The TidyTowns team is also doing lots of annual planting, maintenance painting, repairs and litter picking. All the help community members can give in these categories is also very appreciated. If every community member & business had their premise in tip top shape & the area out their front neat & tidy by the end of June, it would go a long way to helping earn more points this year.

Your Ballybunion TidyTowns is always committed to making Ballybunion a better and better community in which to live, work and visit.