Photos by jbs photos Kilkenny
The ‘Newpark Community Litter Heroes’ is made up of a group of young people actively involved in keeping the estate litter free.
From small beginnings, four members, the group Formed in 2021 by Una Lennon and Autumn Tobin has grown exponentially.
The addition of Svitlana Saseyi to the leadership team has helped to coordinate individual efforts.
Today, NCLH has a regular attendance of fifteen at litter picks.
During the summer holidays it was particularly pleasing to see so many enthusiastic environmentalists in action.
It should be noted that during this time they expanded their activities into the nearby estates of Lovers Lane, The Haven and Rosemount.
The dedication of NCLH was acknowledged last Saturday morning in City Hall when Mayor Joe Malone presented the group with a Community Endeavour award.
Speaking at the presentation Mayor Malone complimented the group and the leaders for their sense of civic pride.
He also thanked them for setting an example to other estates and emphasised that by raising awareness they were helping the overall Kilkenny Tidy Towns project.
On behalf of NCLH Svitlana Saseyi thanked the Mayor for the award and for allowing the group to visit the historic council chambers.
She apologised that sporting events meant some members, unfortunately, were unable to attend.
Svitlana finished by thanking the Newpark Residents Association and Kilkenny County Council for their continued support.
At the conclusion of the ceremony the NCLH enjoyed an array of treats, friendly interactions and photo opportunities courtesy of a very welcoming and accommodating Mayor Malone.
New mayor from Newpark on the cards
With the creation of four new constituencies and 14 additional seats in the Dáil, new changes are afoot which has politicians from various parties scurrying for votes.
On a local level, nominations are already in for the election of a new mayor and last week, members of the Newpark electoral area, pictured below, arrived at City Hall to try on the chain of office watched closely by the current incumbent.
Watch this space!