Oldcastle Tidy Towns promotes cleaner living

The national TidyTowns initiative was launched by Bord Fáilte, the Irish Tourist Board (now Fáilte Ireland), in 1958 as part of the 'Tostal', a nationwide festival celebrating all things Irish. A step-up from the original National Spring Clean Campaign which ran between 1953 and 1957, TidyTowns rapidly developed its own identity and has gone on to become Ireland's most well known and popular local environmental initiative.

About Us

Welcome to Oldcastle Tidy Towns Groups  formed in January 2008.

Oldcastle is a significant market and business town since the 1500s.

We are proud of  work achieved to date and are building up a  team of voluntary help from local business people, students,active retirement,stay at home mothers and fathers,unemployed and FAS workers who work steadly throughout the year to help make Oldcastle a better and cleaner place to visit.

We are always looking for new members.

If you would like to learn more about our work and if you could like to help out please contact ....  

Contact us here. If you wish to get in touch please email oldcastletidytowns@gmail.com

We meet once a month at 8pm in Meeting Room over Tom Farrellys Pub Church Street Oldcastle or Oldcastle Library. 

As a place to live is you could not find a much better place than Oldcastle, however there is an obvious need to increase public awareness throughout the town of the good things Oldcastle has to offer. Since inception, Oldcastle Tidy Towns Group has looked for ways to carry out projects to help promote the economic, social and cultural vitality of Oldcastle.

Civic Pride is about developing and building a local sense of belonging for existing residents, it’s about welcoming newcomers who are looking for a place to live or work in, it’s about giving everybody an opportunity to get involved in their community, and generating a sense of pride in their immediate neighbourhood or town.
Civic Pride is about getting to know your neighbours, these days many people seldom see their neighbours, regretfully in some communities its many years since individuals recognised many of their neighbours, or counted them as friends, when was the last time you had a neighbour over for “tea and scones”.
However one could ask “what has happened to our town’s civic pride” and what has caused the obvious decline in our civic pride.

  • We Litter our streets daily, and while the Council’s street cleaning crew do a excellent job, the town is too big for the limited cleaning hours allotted to Oldcastle  but because of our own personal lack of Civic Pride, each day  more litter is deposited on the streets of our town;
  • Many Dog Owners do not make even the slightest effort to clean up their animals mess, thus fouling our streets, parks and residential areas, it would appear they feel it is someone else’s responsibility to clean up after them;
  • Some Residents / Businesses take pride in the appearance of their residence or business premises, however many people no longer feel it is their duty to sweep / clear weeds from outside their homes or places of business. Again it would appear we feel it is someone else’s responsibility to clean up. Ironically it would take so little time or effort to clean the area outside our residence or business premises, and the difference it would make would be phenomenal;
  • Have you ever thought of Volunteering with a local organisation? While there are a good number of people volunteering in Oldcastle, there is no organisation that will not take on a few extra volunteers. We appeal to parents, retired people, teenagers to consider getting involved in some club or organisation, a few hours a week with a youth group, sports club, tidy towns or residents association, church group, school homework club would make a difference, and ensures that you remain active and make a difference.

The Square Oldcastle, Oldcastle, Co Meath

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