Pride of Thomastown Judges, committee and supporters with Colin Castle and Cllr Breda Gardner. Cllr Breda Gardner (below) presented gifts to Colin on his retirement Pictures: Harry Reid
Thomastown Tidy Towns recently held a reception to mark the retirement of chairperson of the local committee, Colin Castle.
“On behalf of Thomastown Community Network and Kilkenny County Council we extend our gratitude and appreciation to Colin Castle,” said Councillor Breda Gardner.
“All his dedicated work has helped keep Thomastown looking so clean and beautiful, together with his dedicated team from the community and council.”
Colin said when he first came to Thomastown 12 years ago he found it a great way to make friends and help make the town look more beautiful each year.
He enjoyed working on planting many trees, shrubs and flowers and the latest project of The Paddocks in the Quays is taking shape nicely.
It has also been great fun working with the youth groups and getting them involved in their surroundings with litter picking or doing artistic work on derelict sites or walks.
He enjoyed his time with Tidy Towns and is now spreading his wings to The Men’s Shed and will always be here to help at any time if and when needed in the town.
Collette Byrne, Chief Executive Kilkenny County Council, added her good wishes stating that Colin has given many years volunteering with the Tidy Towns, an organisation that carries out fantastic work on behalf of the community, much of which can go unnoticed.
Tidy Towns volunteers are the unsung heroes in communities the length and breath of the county. Tidy Towns do so much to make their town or village a better place for people to live and for visitors first impressions last. “The work that Colin and so many other Tidy Towns volunteers do is invaluable,” she said.
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