FRANK Dolan will be the man spearheading the Westport Tidy Towns effort for the next number of years, after he was appointed Chairman of the organisation at last week’s AGM. The well-known Westport photographer has been involved with Tidy Towns for many years, and will serve as the first male Chairperson of the pro-active Westport group.
Calling it a great honour and privilege, Mr Dolan recalled the vision of people in the nineties which laid the foundation for Tidy Towns to begin in the area. He recalled Tony O’Keeffe saying “if Westport ever won Tidy Towns it would put us on the map.” It was, Frank said, beyond belief that such success had been bestowed on Westport by the Tidy Towns effort in the intervening decade and a half. Frank also had words of praise for the first five Tidy Towns Chairpersons, and lauded his predecessor Pamela Flanagan, describing her as an influence and inspiration. Treasurer Liam Campion also received thanks, with Frank stating that he has ‘been dedicated to his role unfailingly for over 12 years’.
Leas-Cathaoirleach of Westport Town Council, Cllr Ollie Gannon, congratulated the Tidy Towns organisation on another fantastic year of achievements, and said that this did not happen without huge effort from both the committee and many volunteers. He called their efforts on the Greenway Park ‘an initiative which benefits the whole community’.
Outgoing Chairperson, Pamela Flanagan, revealed that there are five crucial elements to Tidy Towns in Westport. These are The Greenway Park, The new Smarter Travel Town status, the schools, the residential areas and the day to day tidy towns effort and volunteers.
Ms Flanagan called the volunteers the lifeblood of Tidy Towns and thanked them all profusely for making her stewardship of the organisation so memorable. She also thanked her committee and lavished thanks on the staff of Mayo County Council and Westport Town Council. Ms Flanagan is now the Secretary of Westport Tidy Towns.
Meanwhile, Allergan Managing Director Pat O’Donnell gave a keynote address at the AGM, outlining the company’s history and tracing their development in Westport over the last 35 years. He said that Tidy Towns is about partnership and community and Allergan works hard to be part of this. A native of Westport, he said the praise heaped on the town by visitors to the Allergan facility was plentiful. Significantly, he also stated that Allergan are well positioned in Westport looking into the future, and are committed to their operations in the town.