The entry form for the National Tidy Towns competition 2016 has been filled in and sent off recently, so it’s time now to ramp up the village to maximise the marks in the competition and the tourism potential and appeal of the village for ourselves and others who visit the area. It is hoped to have a community work night in June in time for the judge’s visit. Already the committee has had a massive input into the community over the last few years, pressure on Monaghan County Council to deal effectively with the unfinished estate in the village, the restoration of the village pump, the creation of a wildlife garden, support for the Green Schools efforts in St Dympna’s, and plans to further develop car parking in the village, depending on funding. These projects are also enhanced with regular painting, litter picking, planting and cleaning, as well as the 2 annual community clean ups in the parish. We invite everyone to come out and lend a hand where they can, we’re all in this together! The Tidy Towns committee extends sympathy to the family of the late Canon Sean Clerkin who died recently, a great promoter and supporter of all our projects. May he rest in peace.