Can you spare us a few hours to help out Tidy Towns?

posted 7 Jun 2013, 02:25 by Mark

We are calling on members of the community to LEND US A HELPING HAND. Even if you can’t commit to coming along to our weekly clean-ups (every Mon and Tue evening) you could help by taking on a small one off job like painting one or two lampposts/ bollards or flower tubs. We will provide you with paint, brushes etc. and any help would be greatly appreciated. If you want to find out where to start then call Jackie Walsh (057-8731798) or Mary White (057- 8731257).
Note that we are looking to build on last year’s success which brought in prize money of approx. 2000 Euro. This money went straight back into funding community projects like the recent tree planting in Market Square (with ever reducing County Council funds it is falling back on communities to initiate and fund projects like this).

Abbeyleix WIndow Boxes: Incredible Edibles and Pollinator Friendly

posted 4 Jun 2013, 06:32 by Mark   [ updated 4 Jun 2013, 06:32 ]

This year  as part of our Sustainable Plan the window boxes will be planted with perennial  herbs . Parsley, Sage, Rosemary Tyme, Mint, Coriander,&Borage (Incredible Edibles ) and Pollinator friendly plants for Bees & Butterflies  Phlox, Nepeta, Penstemon, & Papaver,
All planting carried out by Tidy Towns this year  will be perennial .

Success for Abbeyleix Tidy Towns: Shortlist for Green Awards

posted 2 Apr 2013, 06:11 by Mark   [ updated 2 Apr 2013, 06:21 ]

Now entering its fifth year, the Green Awards aim to celebrate excellence in sustainability and to encourage green best practice amongst Ireland's organisations and individuals.


Abbeyleix Tidy Towns has made the shortlist for The Green Community Award which is as follows:

  • Abbeyleix Tidy Towns
  • CELT Centre
  • Cloughjordan
  • Hike It Bike It Like It, Drimnagh
  • Silver Hill Foods
  • WEEE Ireland


Abbeyleix Profiled in Publication: “Shaping the Future – Case Studies in Adaptation & Reuse in Historic Urban Environments”.

posted 27 Mar 2013, 09:21 by Mark

Abbeyleix was profiled on a recent publication by the Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht entitled “Shaping the Future – Case Studies in Adaptation & Reuse in Historic Urban Environments”.

The Abbeyleix and the Sustainable Communities Plan was featured as a prominent case study in this report, with very positive messages about the rejuvenation of the Market House and surrounding Square, the plan itself an the process of writing it.

The excerpt of the report relating to Abbeyleix is appended below and the full document is online at 

Abbeyleix: Success in the 2012 National Tidy Towns Competition

posted 11 Sep 2012, 15:40 by Mark

Abbeyleix performed will in the 2012 National Tidy Towns Competition and achieved a silver medal in the National Competition as well as a commendation in the County Awards Section. We also came out first in the country in the  Sustainable Development Award.
We would like to thank everyone who helped us throughout the year and would appeal for more help in the coming year to help us to maintain and hopefully improve this standard. The awards undoubtedly improve the profile of the town and the prize money is also very helpful in helping us to fund new initiatives.
Please have a look through our website to see what we have been up to and let us know if you can contribute in any way. Remember that you don't have to commit to joining our committee - maybe you might have some time to take on a small one-off project.

To read the Adjudication Report for 2012, click here
To read the Results Book, click here


Why Are Bees Disappearing

posted 30 May 2012, 06:53 by Mark

Biodiversity is under threat in many parts of the world .Concern about global biodiversity loss has emerged as a prominent and widespread public issue.

The United Nations has directed that we should undertake activities to raise an awareness of the importance of conserving biodiversity and how we all have a vital role to play

 Biodiversity means “the variety of life on earth”

  Abbeyleix Tidy Towns through communication and engagement with the children from Scoil Mhuire undertook a beehive project to create awareness about the decrease in the bee population in the United States and Europe since 2008.

The project was part of the National Tidy Towns Competition to encourage schools to be creative and imaginative in recycling aluminium cans.

The Project leader was Hilary Kelly. The children from 5th class spend over 12 hours constructing the hive using hundreds of cans and in the process were made aware of the importance of bees in all our lives

Many reasons have been given for the decline in the bee population including a parasite that is weakening their immune system.

Scientists are hopeful that a pesticide will be developed that will be safe to humans and the environment.

We depend on bees to pollinate almost half of the fruit and vegetables we eat.

If bees disappear from the surface of the earth we would have no more pollination so life on earth would be no more.

We all have a part to play in recognising the importance of biodiversity conservation.

Tidy Towns Judging

posted 30 May 2012, 06:50 by Mark

Judging in this years competition will take place around the June Bank Holiday. It was great to see so many premises getting a facelift in recent days. We appeal to all to help us in our quest to present a neat and tidy town. We would appreciate any little extra help. Please keep the perimeter of your business clean. You could adopt a tree policy. We have beautiful lime trees on the Main Street in Abbeyleix that require a little TLC so if you have one outside your business please keep the base of the tree weed free.

The LivCom Awards

posted 30 May 2012, 06:47 by Mark

Following on last year's success in winning the top prize in the annual Co-operation Ireland All-Island Pride Of Place Awards. Abbeyleix along with entries from Meath ,Clare and Wicklow have been selected by the Co-Operation Ireland's Pride of Place Committee to represent our country at International level in the LivCom Awards this year. Check out, Awards
If You are a community group or activity in Abbeyleix and would like to add any relevant details to the compilation of the submission please contact Mary White, Abbeyleix Tidy Towns at Tel (057)8731257 or email to by Friday,8th June 2012 
The Judging of the submission will be made under a number of headings
Enchancement of the Natural &Built Heritage
Arts,Culture and Heritage
Environmental Best Practices
Community Participant & Empowerment
Healthy Lifestyle
Strategic Planning

New habitats brochure for Abbeyleix.

posted 11 May 2012, 03:28 by Mark   [ updated 11 May 2012, 08:46 ]

Take a look at our new wildlife brochure which details the main habitats in an around Abbeyleix. The material for this brochure was put together by local ecologist Fiona McGowan and Robbie Quinn who looked after the printing and graphic design.
Funding for the project was provided by Laois Partnership

Adjudication Report for 2011

posted 11 May 2012, 02:25 by Mark   [ updated 11 May 2012, 02:32 ]

The adjudication report for 2011 is attached. The report Abbeyleix concluded with the following statement:  "Abbeyleix is now moving towards the top echelon of the competition where a higher degree of scrutiny must be expected and additional marks will be increasingly more difficult to secure. We have every confidence that you will rise to the occasion."

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