Blackrock Tidy Towns is one of the principal community groups in the village. Our objective is to make Blackrock a better place in which to live, and a more pleasant place to visit and enjoy. The village was awarded a Gold Medal in the 2017 National Tidy Towns competition.
We have a core committee which meets monthly. Our committee is elected at a public meeting each year to take responsibility for the presentation, appearance, and development of the village for the following 12 months on behalf of the entire Blackrock community. We also have a large group of Tidy Towns volunteers who undertake litter control, maintenance of flower and shrub beds, and other community and development work around the village.
The Fane Community Employment Scheme under supervisor Pat Rafferty is a mainstay of our activities in Blackrock. Personnel from the scheme undertake daily litter patrols of all public roads, streets and beaches in the village, as well as keeping all our grassed and landscaped areas under control. We also receive assistance from personnel from the Tús Scheme and from the Probation Service, as well as from many local organisations.
We maintain close links with the various residents associations in Blackrock as well as with the businesses in the village. We liaise closely with Louth County Council, our local Councillors and other elected representatives, and also with the Gardaí.
Our annual “Blackrock in Bloom” initiative, which sees the Main Street and promenade area ablaze with colour, is sponsored by Haggardstown Garden Centre. Our “Summer Flags” initiative is sponsored by Tiernan’s Centra Blackrock.
Our current committee comprises John Horan (chair), Joe Bailey (vice-chair), Brian McElroy (treasurer), Gearóid McMahon (secretary), Eileen Carter (PRO), Marie McCallion (schools liason), Gerry Hughes, Ann Fennelly, Attracta Roche, Garrett Shine, Catherine Duff, Elaine Cosgrove, Michael O’Sullivan and Ann Campbell.
We are always on the lookout for additional help, either as a committee member or as one of our growing number of volunteers. If you have any time to spare – even half an hour a week – to help with our activities, or if you have a skill which might be useful to us, please get in touch.