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Tidy Towns 'no' to intensive weeding on Coney

By Eugene McGloin

TIDY TOWNS have now released their adjudicators reports on each village and town inspected.

Twenty two centres in Sligo took part in 2017, the online release confirms.

These included Coney Island, which would probably have stormed to the Sligo title except for a virtual collapse in its marks in one category. 

All the more remarkable because Coney Island has no church, no school and no public utility but it does have a pub!

Beware 'Quaintness'

Coolaney was ''once again'' -- the adjudicators words -- tops of the town and county with 322 marks for its 2017 efforts.

This compares with 314 marks in 2016 for Coolaney and suggests the centre is Sligo's principal prospect for a first-ever national title. 

The Sligo village finished just ten points behind the 2017 national winner, Birdhill in Tipperary which had 332 points.

The 2017 adjudication offered one key note of caution to Coolaney in its written assessment.

''Beware in your visual developments of going too much in the direction of Ye Olde quaintness,'' the highly-praised Coolaney Committee is cautioned.

Only four of the 22 centres across the town and county broke the '300 marks' total: Ballintogher, Coolaney, Riverstown and Sligo.

Weed Warning

Coney Island could well have claimed the Sligo Tidy Towns title for 2017 except for its marks' collapse in a key category.

Coney scored just nine from fifty in the 'Sustainable Waste and Resource Management' category.

The adjudicator has now told locals ''you are mistaken'' in thinking they could not make an impact in this category.

The committee in Coney was praised for the removal of two ''abandoned'' mobile homes.

Uniquely almost in a Tidy Towns report the Coney Island Committee is cautioned on weeding in one location.

Said the 2017 judgment: ''It would be a mistake if intensive weeding were to take place on the road to Carty's Strand.''

Local 'Brexit'

The Sligo version of 'Brexit' was commented upon by the adjudicators in its report - Eskexit.

That reflects the decision of Rathlee to submit its own entry apart from nearby Easkey -- ''to the benefit of both communities,'' it is noted.

The adjudicator recalls passing through Rathlee a decade ago ''and does not remember anything about it'' at that time!

The Tidy Towns competition was again sponsored in 2017 by Super Valu.

The full marks obtained by each centre in Sligo in 2017 was:-

Ballisodare.                               265 marks;

Carraroe.                                   248 marks;

Enniscrone.                               291 marks;

Coolaney.                                  322 marks;

Easkey.                                     275 marks;

Drumcliffe/Rathcormac.               283 marks;


Carney.                                     280 marks;

Riverstown.                                311 marks;

Bunninadden.                             203 marks;

Rathlee.                                     250 marks;

Ballintogher.                               307 marks;

Tubbercurry.                               266 marks;


Collooney                                  259 marks;
 
Grange.                                     272 marks;

Rosses Point.                            262 marks;

Ballymote.                                 265 marks;

Sligo.                                        301 marks;


Dromore West.                          257 marks;

Gurteen.                                   244 marks;

Mullaghmore.                            288 marks;

Ballygawley.                              246 marks;

Coney Island.                            295 marks.


A detailed assessment of each Tidy Towns centre in Sligo town and county for 2017 is contained in the link below.

http://www.tidytowns.ie/reports/?report_year=2017&report_county=sligo

See also; Sligo Today 26/9/2017