The litter busters

IT is said that an army marches on its stomach and so it was last week when a batallion of vountees went into armed cobat agisnt the filth od the city - litter. Their general was none othe rthan Cllr Joe Malone aided by none other than the face of the Keep Kilkenny Beautiful committee in the city, Sean Leahy, a tireless worker in the battel to keep the city clean.

IT is said that an army marches on its stomach and so it was last week when a batallion of vountees went into armed cobat agisnt the filth od the city - litter. Their general was none othe rthan Cllr Joe Malone aided by none other than the face of the Keep Kilkenny Beautiful committee in the city, Sean Leahy, a tireless worker in the battel to keep the city clean.

The Fianna Fail local representative enlisted the services of his friends and neighbours at Maidenhill, Kells road, Kilkenny where he lives for a cleanup of the Waterford road, Kells road, Coote’s Lane and the Callan road. As you can see from the photo they were successful after a number of hours of hard work.

And for their heroic efforts they were rewarded with a meal and drink (non-alcholic beverage) at McDonald’s Restaurant on top of Patrick Street, beside The Village Inn public house.

Cllr Malone was delighted with the event and stressed that it was not for party polioticval purposes but a genuine effort to maintain the city in the manner it should be.

“The children loved it and if it taught them anyting it showed them that it is good to have a civic minded pride in the place you live and to keep it tidy,” Cllr Malone said.

He encouraged every single community in the city and environs to do the same. “The Keep Kilkenny Beautiful committee will give you the knoweldge you need to make sure you do the job properly and strategically,” Cllr Malone said.

If every person looked after outside their own front doors and with their own area, there would be no litter problem.

“It wasn’t by accident that we won the national Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) league in 2012. “But we have to be vigilant and maintain our standards because litter can very easily get out of control,” he said.