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Going for gold in Buncrana... 30.11.07

THE Buncrana Tidy Towns group is calling on the town's growing European population including Latvians, Polish and Lithuanians to become involved in the effort to win gold next year for the seaside town.
The committee will hold its AGM on Monday, December 10 when a major drive to greatly improve the town's rankings in the national Tidy Towns competition will begin.
The prestine Swan Park boosts Buncrana's Tidy Town image each year. Committee PRO Columba Quigley told InishowenNews.com a gold medal was attainable if everyone in the community gets on board.
"Over the past few years Buncrana's marks in the competition have remained steady," he explained. "However, we would like to see an improvement and this can be
achieved with just a little more effort.
"Ultimately our goal would be to win but this can only be realised when more voluntary workers come on board. It is essential also to have a dynamic committee who are well organised and who can develop a plan which is achievable and one which has long-term goals."
Mr. Quigley also appealed to the non-national community and returning expats to get on board.
"We have quite a considerable number of mainland Europeans in the town. Polish, Lithuanian, Latvian, Czech Republic and many more nationalities from all around the world are part of our community now. It would be great to have any of them come along.
"Over the past ten years or so, many people have returned to Buncrana from England and Scotland not just because work is more plentiful but because of our unique location.
"Our returned exiles can now add to the natural beauty that they have missed by getting involved in improving the look of the town."
Buncrana received 259 marks this year - the best mark in the county in category D. The breakdown included overall development approach, 39 out 50; built environment, 38/50; landscaping, 40/50; wildlife and natural amenities 35/50; litter control 24/50; waste minimisation 8/20; tidiness 30/40; residential areas 26/40; roads, streets and back areas 27/50 and general impression 8/10. Landscaping came in for particular praise which is a reflection on town gardener George McDermott and his team.
"Two unsung heroes also deserve a mention, namely Joe McCauley and Martin Duffy who have worked all year to keep Buncrana tidy. They also are in the process of building a stone wall and path at Swan's Park," added Mr. Quigley. The outgoing committee are chairperson Rena Donaghey; assistant chairperson Liam Rainey; secretary Siobhan King; assistant secretary Maud Rainey; treasurer Rosemary Dunne; assistant treasurer Philip Diggin; PRO Columba Quigley; project manager Carl King; assistant Jason Porter and garden contest organiser Patricia Gallagher.
The committee invite all members of the community to their AGM to will be held in The Lake of Shadows Hotel, Buncrana, on Monday, December10 at 7.30pm.
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