[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]An environmental group set up just six months ago has won a Fingal Cleaner Community Award for its efforts.
Rush Clean Coasts came out tops in the Best Example of a Community Environment Initiative for its outstanding work, to date.
The award was presented to Siobhan O’Reilly on behalf of the volunteers by Cllr Brian Dennehy (FF), himself a Clean Coasts volunteer.
The group was set up on May 7 with the help of An Taisce’s Richard Curtin and has gone from strength to strength with 34 volunteers signed up to its Whats-App group and dozens more staying updated through the Rush Tidy Towns Facebook page.
Brendan O’Reilly, chairperson of Rush TT and Rush Clean Coasts, told Dublin Gazette: “We held our third clean-up of the South Beach on Sunday, September 30.
“The North Beach is kept pretty clean as it is by our volunteers picking litter on a regular basis.
“We find that the bulk of material gathered is washed in with the tide as opposed to litter generated by locals and tourists on the beach itself.
“There is a great social and family element to our clean ups and we always meet in a local establishment for refreshments afterwards.
“We are lucky that our local businesses are very generous in this regard.”
Meanwhile Fingal County Council is also doing its bit to keep Rush looking ship-shape and has agreed to a number of requests from the Tidy Towns group.
These include keeping the public toilets at the Harbour Park open all year round, refurbishing the toilet block and the provision of benches at the South Beach car park and picnic benches at the Harbour Park.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]