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Tidy Towns Awards - Helix Theatre Monday 24th September 2018
Installation of the Notice Board / Display Case in the Watch House
Carlow Pride of Place - Wednesday 24th October 2018

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Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards 2018
The Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards competition aims to promote enterprise by bringing business and community groups together, in each town, to showcase the spirit of enterprise in their local area. Clonegal entered this competition. Three judges arrived in Clonegal at 9.00am on Thursday 23rd August 2018 and spent the following 4 hours gathering information and viewing the village.

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IPB National Pride of Place Judging Day
The Judging Day took place on Thursday 26th July 2018. The judges arrived at 10.00am and were greeted by a very large crowd. The judging took several hours and they were entertained along the way with Irish dancing and music by local children. They were reminded along the route of the history of Clonegal with several people dressed up as key people from history. The day concluded with a BBQ in Huntington Castle. It was a great day of celebration for the village of Clonegal which was very much enjoyed by a very large number of locals and visitors.

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A Robot for Clonegal
The picturesque village of Clonegal, Co. Carlow has a new resident - one who has a very distinct look. Its arms are conveyor rollers from a quarry; its feet are the bucket teeth from a digger. It has bolts for fingers and an engine for a stomach. Its eyebrows are wire brushes, its hair comprises motorbike chains and its cheery smile is thanks to the roller from a conveyor belt.
This smiling metal man, who carries a suitcase, is completely made from recycled scrap parts and was created by Liam Birmingham, a second-year mechanical engineering student from Institute of Technology Carlow. And on Wednesday 13th June Liam, alongside his engineering lecturers Dr. Anthony Nolan and Dr. Cathal Nolan, presented the smiling ‘Tin Man’ to the Clonegal Tidy Towns committee. He will reside in the square opposite the church in Clonegal village where his suitcase will store used batteries as part of Clonegal’s ongoing efforts to “reduce, reuse and recycle”.

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Memorial to honour the late William (Willie) White
On Saturday evening, 12th August 2017, a large crowd from near and far, gathered to celebrate the life of my late grandfather, William (Willie) White, not only for his talent as a writer and historian, but for his voluntary work and dedication to the village throughout his life.

Reduce your Food Waste – Cooking Demonstration
The Clonegal Tidy Village committee and Carlow County Council wish to extend a sincere thanks to those who attended the “Reduce your food waste” cooking demonstration on Tuesday 25th October 2016. A large crowed attended in the Ben Mulhall Park, to watch local award winning Chief Henry Stone cook a three course meal by reusing leftovers.
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Official opening of the Clonegal 1916 Commemoration Garden
A very large group of the community gathered at Riverside, Clonegal, on Saturday 23rd July 2016 at 12.00 noon for the official opening of the 1916 Commemoration Garden. P.J. Kavanagh was MC for the proceedings. The Cathaoirleach of Carlow County Council, Councillor John Murphy began the ceremony with the raising of the Irish Flag. The guest of honour, Seamus Rafter, nephew of the Enniscorthy 1916 hero Seamus Rafter was invited to unveil the 1916 Proclamation. A lament was then played on the pipes. Seamus Rafter went to the podium and gave a very interesting talk about his uncle. Amhran na Bhfiann was then played by the piper and a minutes silence was observed in respect of all who gave their lives in 1916 for Irish freedom. John McCabe then stepped forward to read the 1916 Proclamation. Following the reading of the Proclamation, the young multi-talented Sheppard family entertained the gathering with their songs and music. Everyone was amazed with their ability at such young ages and very much enjoyed their renderings. Local historian Dan Murphy addressed the gathering with a very interesting account of the history of Clonegal, the river Derry and Clonegal Bridge dating back to the 12th Century, which was full of interesting and amusing anecdotes. The singing of the song “Grace” by Joe Whelan concluded the proceedings. All were invited to Johnny Dunne’s for refreshments.

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Community Work Days
There was a brilliant turn out for the Community Work Day on 16th April 2016, especially from all the children, it really shows what a great sense of community there is in our beautiful little village. The day started off brilliantly as we were blessed with gorgeous dry weather. And from there it went from strength to strength, there was lots of work completed, plenty of chats had, a few cups of tea and a small raffle to round off the day. We will be holding more work days in the near future and if we have the same number of volunteers turning up we will be truly delighted. Well done everybody and thank you all so much.
A second Work Day was held on Saturday 30th April and yet again the community came up trumps and there was a great turn out with lots of work completed. Thank you again for all the work.
A big thank you to An Taisce National Spring Clean for providing the refuse sacks for our community work day. All refuse sacks provided were biodegrabeable.
A further 2 Community Workdays were held on Saturday 21st and Saturday 28th May 2016.
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Tidy Towns Competition - Awards Night in the South East
Ben Mulhall Complex, Clonegal on 26th November 2015

The South East Awards Presentation Night was held in Ben Mulhall Complex on the 26th November 2015. Minister of Environment, Community & Local Government, Mr. Alan Kelly T.D. arrived to present the awards along with Minister of State at the Departments of Agriculture, Food and Marine and Transport, Tourism and Sport with Special Responsibility for Rural Economic Development, Ms. Ann Phelan T.D. A representative from SuperValu, the sponsors, was also there to present the awards. Representatives of Fáilte Ireland conducted the proceedings.
It was a great night for Ben Mulhall Complex and Clonegal. Ben Mulhall Complex was packed with recipients from all over the South East. The complex looked magnificent for the occasion and great credit is due to all who prepared the venue for the event. There were in all 58 presentations and after the formalities all who attended enjoyed very fine food. It was indeed a great night for Clonegal.
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