Renovating in Ballyleague

A group of hard-working volunteers in Ballyleague have rallied together to change the face of a derelict site in a state of considerable disrepair and in doing so, boost their village’s performance in this year’s National Tidy Towns competition.

A group of hard-working volunteers in Ballyleague have rallied together to change the face of a derelict site in a state of considerable disrepair and in doing so, boost their village’s performance in this year’s National Tidy Towns competition.

Over the last few weeks the volunteers from the Ballyleague Tidy Towns committee teamed up with the boys and girls of Ballyleague National School (NS) to introduce beautifully painted murals depicting wildlife, flora and fauna in the Shannonside village and highlighting local heritage gems such as St. Faithleach’s well, Cloontuskert Abbey and De Lacy’s Castle.

The Ballyleague Tidy Towns committee has paid tribute to the staff and pupils of Ballyleague NS for their role in the transformation, the local residents who helped out and Ulster Bank who helped to sponsor the new information boards on the derelict old Sliabh Ban hotel - formerly known as the Anchor Hotel in Ballyleague.

“This has been a tremendous community effort,” said Chairman of Ballyleague Tidy Towns Gerry Thompson. “We are now appealing to all residents in the village and especially on the approach roads to play their part in the Tidy Towns competition by getting out their paint brushes and their lawnmowers this coming week as we prepare for the visit of the judges in the next ten days or so. Our volunteers meet every Saturday at 10am and every Wednesday at 7pm and everybody is welcome.”

For further information please contact Gerry Thompson or any member of the local committee at keepballyleaguetidy@gmail.com