Join friends and neighbours in #springclean16 activities in Tipperary

People all over Tipperary are joining their friends and neighbours in cleaning their communities of litter and rubbish as part of Ireland’s largest annual anti-litter campaign, ‘#springclean16’.

Today, April 1st, marks the first day of the 18th annual An Taisce’s National Spring Clean Campaign – Ireland’s largest and longest running anti-litter initiative. National Spring Clean campaign is organised by An Taisce and funded by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.

Since the first annual litter and rubbish cleanup in 1998, National Spring Clean has seen communities from all parts of the country mark the onset of spring and the longer evenings with clean-up activities in their communities. Over the last 18 years, annual participation has grown to over 5,000 community groups with approximately 500,000 participants. Last year, community groups and individuals collected an estimated 500 tonnes of litter, with over 35% of this recycled and the balance safely disposed of.

Events taking place in Tipperary over the coming weeks include:

· 8th April, Carrig National School, Ballycommon, Nenagh, 200 Volunteers, Contact: Eimear Duignan, Email: deimear@hotmail.com, Phone: 0857389764

· 11th April, St, Joseph’s Primary School, Murgasty Road, Tipperary Town, 150 Volunteers, Contact: Carmel Hickey, Email: chickeyfitz@gmail.com, Phone: 0863755586

· 15th April, Newport Boys National School, Newport, 140 Volunteers, Contact: Patricia Gibson, Email: newportbs.ias@eircom.net, Phone: 61378700

· 9th April, Dundrum, Contact: Kyran Colgan, Email: chiscolgan1@eircom.net

National Spring Clean, Chairperson, Michael John O’Mahony, commented:

“The National Spring Clean campaign has seen tremendous growth in the numbers participating over the last 18 years, thanks to the community groups and individuals who have taken it upon themselves to organize and taken part in Spring Clean clean-ups around the country. The National Spring Clean campaign represents Irish community spirit at its best as people come together to give back to the community and their environment. It is fantastic to see thousands of people already signed up to take part in this year’s campaign. We hope that, like other years, thousands more will be encouraged to join and show just how much we love where you live!”

Sarah McGovern, National Spring Clean Ambassador, said:

“It is inspiring to see the thousands of volunteers and community groups mobilise and reconnect through National Spring Clean to share their love for the environment and where they live. We encourage everyone to tell us about the clean-up activities they are planning for their community using Facebook, Instagram and Twitter by posting photos and the details using the hashtags ‘#lovewhereyoulive’ and ‘#springclean16’. This month everyone needs to get up from sofa and get out in the fresh air to lend a hand in ‘#springclean16’.”

To celebrate the launch of #springclean16 we are delighted to announce that An Taisce will be running a competition on Instagram for the whole month of April! The Campaign’s Instagram handle is @nationalspringclean

All you need to do is show us how much you love where you live by tagging us in beautiful pictures of your area with #LoveWhereYouLive. Winner will be announced on the 2nd May.

The prize is a luxurious 5* weekend break with dinner for two in a Deluxe Guestroom at Donegal’s Solis Lough Eske Castle. Located on a secluded lakeside estate just outside Donegal Town, you will be treated to a delicious Full Irish Breakfast on both mornings and a three- course evening meal in the contemporary Cedars Grill restaurant.

Keep yourself occupied during your stay by engaging with a host of activities in the local area or relax and rejuvenate yourself in Spa Solis with a Signature Solis Massage and enjoy the tranquility of the Lough Eske Castle grounds.

http://www.solishotels.com/lougheskecastle/

The National Spring Clean campaign is sponsored by the Wrigley Company. It is supported by Local Authorities who help co-ordinate clean-up activities for communities within their counties. They also provide for the disposal of all rubbish and waste materials collected. All those wishing to take part in the campaign should register on www.nationalspringclean.org

To register for the National Spring Clean call 01 4002219 or visit the website at www.nationalspringclean.org.

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