5 June 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard


Monaghan Town Runners undertook a major three-day summer clean-up of the local area over the bank holiday weekend. More than 40 members and their families got out during the sunny long weekend to gather rubbish within their 5km radius, covering not only the town but also areas such as Tyholland, Glaslough, Milltown, Threemilehouse, Aghabog, Tydavnet, Corcaghan and Rockcorry.

MTR AnnaMarie McCleary told The Northern Standard that there was a “great reaction”, adding “We had over 40 Monaghan Town Runners over three days out picking up litter in 25 areas of the town and the surrounding countryside. When we were out running on our own during lockdown, we noticed the problem of litter had gotten out of hand and we decided that once we were able to get out, that would be one of the first things we’d do. Everyone cleaned an area within their own 5km limit as an initiative to help deal with that problem. It’s been a great success and we’re delighted with that.”

AnnaMarie McCleary highlighted that some areas, namely Peter’s Lake and Rossmore Forest Park, had to be returned to within two days of being tidied: “Unfortunately, a couple of areas that were cleaned up around the town on Saturday, we had to go back to them (on Monday). It highlights that there’s an ongoing problem, that these initiatives won’t fix on their own.

It’s not a permanent solution.” McCleary added: “We have a great, close-knit club and we have been missing each other because we haven’t been able to run together. They’re always very willing to help out and support with any initiative we suggest. The big thing about it as well was we encouraged people to bring their kids with them as sort of a lesson for the next generation about this problem. We had a great turnout of families, which we were delighted with. We had done some charity things earlier on during the lockdown and we were delighted to do something practical to help out at the weekend.”

Monaghan Town Runners wish to thank their members for their commitment to this initiative and they would also like to acknowledge the support of Monaghan Municipal Council and Monaghan Tidy Towns.

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