Last Thursday, our Transition Year liaison officer Sheelagh accompanied a wonderful, lively, fun filled group of young men from the Patrician Academy to the Park area on a litter pick. Between them they filled 14 bags! Well done guys!

On Friday, two of our volunteers positioned the five tree planter boxes that were made for us by Le Cheile Mallow Men’s Shed.

On Saturday, Paul O’Connor from Crafted Fitted Furniture rose to the challenge when a slight hiccup occurred with our delivery of manure and soil. Paul offered us the use of his trailer, so our boys were able to go and collect the magic ingredients for the planter boxes. Thanks Paul for coming to the rescue and Tommy for your help also.

Saturday was unbelievable! The cry went out to all our members for help, and they did not let us down. Eighteen volunteers were present and there were jobs for everyone! The painting of the railings was completed, others were spreading the remainder of the gravel, some were putting the planters in place and lining them with plastic. The planter boxes were then filled with rocks and the mixture of soil, peat, manure, sand and fertiliser. This is where our junior volunteers – Eadaoin, Anna, Michelle, Richard, Liadh and Timmy helped us by carrying buckets of the mixture to the planters. Thanks for your contribution and it’s great to see the next generation taking an interest. Again, thanks to McDonalds for the very welcome refreshments.

Several members of the Men’s Shed showed up to see their labour of love being settled into their new home. Thanks guys, let’s hope this is the beginning of a long lasting and mutually beneficial relationship!

While all of this was happening, fourteen members of Mallow AC spent four hours cleaning the route for the Mallow 10 mile race. Great credit is due to this group of conscientious volunteers who took it upon themselves to present Mallow in the best possible light to the 1,200 runners next Monday. Take a bow guys, Mallow owes you a debt of gratitude! Three MTT volunteers, using Paul O’Connor’s trailer, were able to collect the 70, yes 70!, bags of litter and take them for disposal. While there were some full refuse bags dumped along the route, most of this litter was probably thrown from cars. How difficult is it to take an empty can, cigarette box, plastic bottle or crisp packet home to your own re-cycling bin? Please think before you ditch it!

Making and keeping Mallow tidy is a team effort and this was very evident on Saturday when various individuals, groups and businesses pulled together to great effect. We appreciate the work of each and all of those who helped. The fruit of your labour is there for all to see. Well done everyone, may this be the beginning of a great year for Mallow!

This week’s meeting point is the Bowling Green car park on Saturday at 10.30am. Please see our website www.mallowtidytowns.weebly.com, follow us on Facebook, email us at mallowtidytowns@gmail.com or text us on 087 635 9944. Join the Mallow revolution!