Category Archives: TidyTowns

Happy St. Patrick’s Weekend!

This is going to be a packed weekend for Clane Community Council! Proceedings kick off at 3pm with our entry in Clane’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade…keep an eye out for Oisín, Niamh and their special announcement in association with Clane Tidy Towns. We also have our Church gate collection this weekend – all support is gratefully appreciated. Finally we are participating in the “Reeling In the Years” exhibition in the Parish Hall on Sunday from 11:00am to 5:30pm. Please drop in and say hello.

Available To Let – 17 new Nest boxes!

Clane Tidy Towns and Kildare Branch of Birdwatch Ireland were delighted with the reponse to the Nest Box Scheme for Clane, 2012. A grand total of 17 boxes were donated to the cause and are now installed in and around the town awaiting prospective tenants. A special thanks to the folks of the Man’s Shed, organised by Clane Project Centre’s and based in Thompson Business Centre, for constructing 4 of the boxes.

The boxes will be monitored over the coming breeding season…keep an eye out here for future updates. If you spot any activity at any of the boxes, please send a note to us at

Liffey Cleanup – thank you

Volunteers from Clane Trout and Salmon Anglers Association and Clane Tidy Towns with some of the rubbish collected along the Liffey

A big thank you to all the members of Clane Trout & Salmon Anglers Association who spent the morning of Feb 19th with volunteers from Clane Tidy Towns cleaning up along the Liffey in Clane. A full trailer load of rubbish was collected, some of it washed down from upstream, but some of it dumped here in Clane.

The Liffey is a beautiful amenity in Clane and is an important wildlife corridor. It has a wonderful wheelchair-accessible Liffey walk which leads into our Liffeyside Nature Park.

Please play your part to keep this amenity clean and safer for our children. Don’t litter, if you have a dog clean up after it (and don’t dump the bag), and if you come across dumping here or anywhere else in Clane please contact the Kildare Litter Warden at 1800 243 143.

Volunteers from Clane Trout and Salmon Anglers Association and Clane Tidy Towns

Wild About Clane – Nest Box Scheme!

In recent months volunteers from the Kildare Branch of BirdWatch Ireland have surveyed public spaces in Clane and identified numerous sites that would be suitable for nestboxes for certain species. Based on this we would like to invite you to root out that jar of screws and spare bit of plywood in the back of the shed and bash a nestbox together for us!

Different species prefer different types of nestboxes, so for this year we are requesting  boxes with holes of diameter 25mm (for Blue Tits and Coal Tits) and 28mm (for Great Tits
and Tree Sparrows) – we can drill the hole if that suits better. For complete plans for the ideal nestbox please see our recommended nest box design.

We will be siting these boxes carefully with the guidance of BirdWatch Ireland, and of course the sooner we install them the better the chances they will be found. If you could drop off your box to The Abbey, opposite the playground, at 5pm on Saturday February 18th, we would be delighted to also take your details and make sure you are
told of the final location of your box.

Please note we won’t be installing nestboxes in housing estates, so why not consider making a box for your local residents association too. You are welcome to contact if you would like a survey of your estate to suggest which locations might suit certain species. Good luck!

Liffey Cleanup at Clane – Sunday Feb 19th

Clane Trout and Salmon Anglers Association are organising a cleanup along the Liffey on Sunday February 19th. Starting at Alexandra Bridge, where the Sallins Road crosses the Liffey, the cleanup will continue downstream, along the Liffey walk. Many hands make light work – if you could spare an hour or two why not come along and lend a hand – kick-off at 10:00AM!

Congratulations to our Best Kept Estates and Premises

On Monday October 17th the winners of Clane Best Kept Estates and Best Presented Premises were announced to an eager audience. With a record 21 local estates entering the competition, 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded for large, medium and small estates. The winners are all listed here, and congratulations to all estates that entered this years competition.

The recently inaugurated Best Presented Premises award this year went to Heavenly Shoes and Accessories, on Main Street.

Nick Fitzgerald, Chairman of Clane Community Council, thanked everyone who helped in any way with Clane’s Tidy Towns efforts, and encouraged people to get involved in whatever way they could. Mr. Ted Murray, Chairman of Clane Project Centre, generous sponsers of the awards, congratulated all involved and was delighted to see the competition going from strength to strength.

Liffeyside Nature Park – a wonderful new amenity for Clane

Mayor of Kildare Cllr. Weld, and local budding photographers Jessica Doran and Stephen Doyle unveil one of the two new wildlife signs at Clane Liffeyside Nature Park.

Clane Community Council and its Tidy Towns Sub-Committee marked International Biodiversity Day, Sunday 22nd May, in style with the official opening of its Liffeyside Nature Park and the unveiling of its two new “Wild About Clane” information panels.

The showers blew over and the sun came out just in time for the evening’s events.

Supported by experts Niall Tierney and Deirdre Moran from Birdwatch Ireland Kildare Branch, Terry Walsh from Clane Trout and Salmon Anglers Association, and Philip Strickland from Moths Ireland, John Kennedy from Clane Tidy Towns led the enthusiastic crowd on a guided nature walk. People were introduced to the variety of native trees, wildflowers, birds, insects, fish and animals present in and around the park. They were also treated to a glimpse of a kingfisher that bolted out from under Alexandra Bridge, and to stories of otters seen lying on their back in the river, feasting on freshwater mussels picked from the riverbed.

Terry Walsh, Chairman Clane Trout and Salmon Anglers, treating the locals with stories of otters lying on their back in the Liffey feasting on freshwater mussels.

The nature walk was followed by the official opening ceremony, with the crowd addressed by Chairman of Clane Community Council Mr. Nick Fitzgerald, coordinator of the project John Kennedy from Clane Tidy Towns, and special guest Mayor of Kildare Cllr. Brendan Weld.

After describing the 15 year history of the project, the individuals and groups that had contributed to the park, the signs and the day’s events were all sincerely thanked. The importance of biodiversity was also highlighted. The park was then officially opened by Mayor Weld and the two local children whose photographs featured on the signs: Jessica Doran and Stephen Doyle.

The celebrations moved on to the Westgrove Hotel for some refreshing teas, coffees and finger food. This was followed by the final event of the day: a batwalk down by the Liffey. Tina Aughney from Bat Conservation Ireland provided a fascinating insight into these surprisingly small insect-eating mammals, and thanks to Tina bringing a supply of bat detectors, everyone was able to listen in to the clicks and calls of the three species of bats that were identified on the walk.

John Kennedy, Clane Community Council, pointing out some Butterbur - a plant traditionally used to wrap butter.

A great evening seemed to be had by all, with people commenting that all the hard work may have turned the former sewage works into not just a wildlife refuge, not just a wonderful amenity for the people of the town, but an important attraction for visitors to Clane too.

Why not take a walk down by the park yourself. We hope you find the new signs helpful in introducing the beauty of the natural world…

…Wild About Clane.

For more information please see our press release. To print out your own copy of the signs you are welcome to download the high resolution posters from the Wild About Clane section of this website.

Our thanks to John Power for supplying all the photographs…

Celebrating Biodiversity Day in style at Clane Liffeyside Park

Sunday May 22nd is International Biodiversity Day and this year Clane will be celebrating it in style. Clane Community Council and its Clane Tidy Towns committee are delighted to announce the grand opening of Clane Liffeyside Nature Park and the unveiling of its brand new wildlife signs…

Buzzard over North Kildare (T. Byrne)

…Why not come along and enjoy the evening with us. There will be wildlife experts available from 6:30 pm to help point out and explain some of the plants and animals that are “Wild about Clane“.

The opening and unveiling ceremony will happen at 7:30pm, and will be  followed by a guided nature walk.

The day will be rounded off with a bat walk where you can learn about, see and even hear some of our most remarkable inhabitants. The walk will depart from the Abbeylands Shopping Centre Car Park at 9:30 pm.

Willow Catkins by Alexandra Bridge (J Kennedy)

The Liffeyside Park is beside the Alexandra Bridge on the Sallins road. The nearest car park is at the Abbeylands Shopping Centre. All are welcome…we hope to see you there!

Clane Tidy Towns 2011 – kick-off April 16th

Having tackled various ceanup projects over the winter, and with the successful Clane Spring Clean event on April 2nd, Clane Tidy Towns are now looking forward to launching their 2011 activities in earnest on April 16th.

All are welcome to join in. Plans include preparing the street flower tubs and the approach signage for summer planting. The group will gather by the Stream park across from the Abbey on Saturday April 16th at 10AM – all equipment will be provided – we hope to see you there!

Spring Clean 2011 – thank you!

On Saturday April 2nd Clane Tidy Towns held the annual Spring Clean for Clane, armed with a National Spring Clean kit from  An Taisce, and the support of Kildare County Council and Clane Community Council. With some volunteers getting a head start earlier in the week, by the end of the day a substantial mound of rubbish had been cleared from our approach roads, country lanes, Liffey-side park, streams and rivers.

Some of the rubbish gathered during Clane Spring Clean 2011

The weather was kind, fresh air was enjoyed, and friendships were made and renewed. There were some surprises on the day too, including close encounters with some lobster-like animals – White-Clawed Crayfish – in the River Liffey!

Although two tonnes of general material had to be collected by Kildare County Council and sent to landfill, this year a substantial amount of the rubbish collected was metal and was segragated and is being sent to a scrap metal merchant. Similarly, the timber reclaimed has been kept for recycling.

Congratulations to all the volunteers who helped make Clane Spring Clean 2011 a success, and thanks to Cllr. Pádraig McEvoy for arranging the support and his hands-on help on the day.

Some more of the rubbish gathered during Clane Spring Clean 2011

Please help us keep Clane beautiful, and report any dumping you may observe to the local Gardaí or the Kildare County Council litter warden.

If you have some time during the week and would like to help Clane look its best this summer, why not come out and lend a hand with Clane Tidy Towns. They are kicking off their 2011 programme with a cleanup on Saturday April 16th, meeting at 10:00 AM at the Stream Park outside the Abbey. All are very welcome.

Give Clane a Spring Clean this Saturday

The daffodils are in flower and the trees beginning to bud: it’s time to give Clane a Spring clean. This Saturday April 2nd at 10:00 AM everyone is invited to gather where the Capdoo Road meets the Kilcock Road to help and play their part. Clane Tidy Towns and Community Council will organise small teams to go out and tackle key spots in and around the town. Our thanks to An Taisce and Kildare County Council for supporting this event.

Clane 2nd in Kildare Co. Council Tidy Towns awards

Clane Tidy Towns was delighted to be awarded second prize by Kildare County Council in the Clane Electoral Area Tidy Towns competition. At the recent awards night in Aras Cill Dara the committee received a generous prize that will be put towards our Tidy Towns efforts in 2011.

Thanks to all in Clane who contributed to our Tidy Towns efforts in 2010 – and here’s to a wonderful 2011.

Clane Community Awards – and the winners are…

On Monday 18th October Clane Tidy Towns and Clane Community Council held their annual awards night in Manzor’s, Clane. It was a packed night, with some of our leading young sports men and women recognised, and the winners of the Clane Tidy Estates competition, Best Presented Premises, and Clane Person of the Year were all announced… Continue reading

Tidy-Towns – the results are out!

We are delighted to see the national Tidy Towns competition results are out, and that Clane has built on its recent successes, increasing its score by a further 2 points from 261 to 263. The Tidy Town Committee would like to thank everyone who helped contribute to our campaign in 2010. Some of the businesses, schools, estates, groups and individuals who have contributed have been specifically acknowledged by the adjudicator. Read on for all the details…

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Spraoi 2010

Look out for the Clane Community Council stand at Spraoi 2010. Find out more about Clane Person of the Year, the work of the various subcommittees, Clane Tidy Towns, our Heritage, and more. Following the success of last year we are holding another free quiz, but with a twist. It’s on Sunday September 12th starting 1:30 pm in the Church car park off Main Street. We look forward to seeing you there!!

Wild About Clane Photo Competition

In 2009 Clane Tidy Towns ran a “Wild About Clane” photo competition. The independent judges have met and after considerable deliberations the results are in…Clane Tidy Towns are delighted to announce that the winners of the recent photo competition are Aine O’Neill, Rua Rogan and Jessica Doran for the younger entries and Barbra Hackett, Ger Perdisatt and Matt Hayes among the adults…

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