Clean Coasts Ballynamona cleans up!

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East Corkonians honoured at Cork County Mayor’s Awards 2019
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Patrick Gerard Murphy, hosted the seventh Cork County Mayors Awards on Monday, April 15th. 28 groups and 22 individuals were nominated from all over the County. Mayor Murphy presented 11 Awards on the night to groups and individuals from across Cork who have made significant contributions to communities and to County Cork.

Paul Kavanagh and Clean Coasts Ballynamona were selected as overall winners for the Individual and Group Categories respectively.

Clean Coasts Ballynamona began with a clear mission – to keep Ballynamona Beach litter free and to include the adjacent wetlands, home to thousands of wading water birds in their work. Their first large scale beach clean in 2015 resulted in over 6 tonnes of rubbish being gathered and bagged. The group grew with support from the local communities and by engaging with St. Colman’s Community College. After winning an An Taisce Ocean Hero Award later that year, the group continued to cement their position into their community and have widened the scope of their mission. They cooperate with many Tidy Towns groups from East Cork and with the help of LA21 funding they have initiated the East Cork Biodiversity Networking Programme. This has led to the erection of Swift Nest Boxes, work with landowners in the eradication of Japanese Knotweed, and the purchase of equipment to aid in their work and to tackle flytipping. Education has now become central to their mission and they actively promote the Ballynamona area as a special protection area.

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