222 points

222 points

The Tidy Towns adjudicator who visited Callan was struck by the town’s historic buildings, of “exceptional quality”.

The adjudicator’s report praises the “richness” of traditional shop fronts from as early as the 19th century, including their original lettering and the presence of “so much Gaeilge on the signage”. Also impressive was that some buildings “still retain (their) original decorative panelling ... (and) in many cases the buildings retain their old sash windows, a commendable achievement.”

The report recommends “a more aggressive approach” to landscaping in the town and suggests developing “your own brand” of landscaping that would include “the latest thinking”.

It also suggests that there are “great possibilities” for Callan in the area of wildlife and natural amenities. “Already there is a stretch of riverside walk that might be further developed,” the adjudicator notes.

Litter control is a struggle for every town and village, and in Callan the report states: “The adjudicator found no evidence of dumping in a walk through and a cycle through Callan. Well done. Graffiti is, sadly, another matter.” It also adds: “Last year’s adjudicator did not encounter litter. This year’s did.”

It notes, however, that kerbsides are well maintained, “and one acknowledges that you have a lot of ground to cover so the challenge is great.”

It also compliments the intention to invest in ‘Welcome to Callan’ signs. “You hope that these signs will promote an awareness of Tidy Towns in Callan, a worthy motive. But those signs will also welcome the passer-by and the local into the embrace of the town. They will help you with your identity and the Callan identity is unique.”

This uniqueness of Callan is noted throughout the adjudicator’s report and is something to be celebrated and nurtured.