Roscommon Tidy Towns Committee has urged people to spruce up the county town before it participates in Ireland’s Best Kept Towns Competition for the first time next month.
After its success in the National Tidy Towns Competition in recent years – it won a silver medal last year – Roscommon town was selected to enter this prestigious all-island competition.
Fourteen towns and villages are eligible to take part – eight from the Republic and six from the North. Judging will take place in May.
A total of 250 points will be awarded across myriad criteria, including the presentation of buildings, the appearance of roads, streets, public areas and residential areas and general tidiness and impression.
Roscommon Tidy Towns Committee has been preparing diligently, but Mark Kerrigan, the secretary, urged the wider community to lend their support.
“We are asking people to come out and volunteer,” he said.
“We have our regular volunteer evenings at 7 pm every Tuesday at the rear of Gleeson’s, where we go out and do a bit of picking, weeding and painting.
“We are asking people to be mindful of their own business and premises – that they are painting and powerwashed and that there are no unsightly cables hanging out the front of the building from old signs.”
The month of May is merely the beginning of the committee’s campaign because judging for the standard National Tidy Towns Competition will take place in June, July and August.
Mr. Kerrigan noted that Roscommon town has been improvingly steadily in that contest recently: last year’s silver medal was preceded by a bronze medal in 2014. Now, they have their sights set on glory.
“The ultimate aim is to win the competition,” Mr. Kerrigan said.
“We hit a milestone with last year’s result, where we passed the 300-point mark,” the sort of total which he pointed out puts a participant within range of the top honours!