The newly formed Ballybay Tidy Towns Committee launched their 2017-2020 three year Plan on Monday evening last. The venue for the launch was the old Day Care Centre at the rear of the Municipal Council Offices/Library.Seamus Coyle, Chairman of the Clones Ballybay Municipal District welcomed everyone and immediately praised the work of the Tidy Towns committee. “It’s a credit to the committee to see progress being made. I have seen people out doing great work. I am also delighted that Monaghan County Council commissioned Billy Flynn to formulate a 3 year plan and I hope that all present will focus on the actions contained within”, said Councilor Coyle. Before handing over to Billy Flynn the Chairman added, “It’s important to get complete buy in from the community who in turn will have a pride in their place”.Clones native Billy Flynn had been commissioned to carry out the plan and he produced a fairly detailed piece of work. He has a wealth of experience in producing action plans and has been a Tidy Towns judge for 10years.


Before writing the plan he made a number of visits to Ballybay, talked to numerous people and obtained local feedback via a questionnaire.Billy delivered a slide show presentation in which he looked at the 8 categories on which the Tidy Towns is judged.  Overall he suggested 86 different tasks to improve Ballybay. As well as suggesting the tasks he prioritized them into 4 categories (ongoing, immediate, short term and long term). There was certainly lots of food for thoughts in his plan and the decent audience in attendance contributed to the evening with lots of ideas and questions.The most important priority for the Tidy Towns committee at present is to become part of the Monaghan Tidy Towns network.

The likes of Glaslough, Monaghan and Carrickmacross have a wealth of Tidy Towns experience and rather than rein-event the wheel Ballybay could learn a lot from these other committees. Other interesting ideas to be put forwarded included consistent street signage,  improving the landscaping of open spaces such as that at the junction at the Riverdale Hotel, the removal of all tree supports which are no longer necessary, the planting of spring bulbs at suitable locations, the removal of hazardous material from the Dromore river banks, the discontinuation of herbicides, reporting of misuse of litter bins to Monaghan County Council, a stop food waste course, a survey of street furniture, the setting up of a residents group in Wylies Hill, the removal of ramp signs at Lough Mor Avenue and erection of story boards at heritage sites/buildings.The plan also suggested that the committee consider using a motif on their signage. Billy had suggested a Birch tree would be appropriate as Ballybay was the ‘Ford of the Birches’.

The evening finished with a presentation of pictures of areas of improvements and it was acknowledged that since Billy had last met the committee some of the suggested improvements had already been carried out.The Tidy Towns committee would be very interested in hearing from locals who would like to participate in regular litter picks or who are interested in any way in improving the town. If you can spare some time then please contact either, Martin Gleeson, Eithne Hughes or Sean Martin. If anyone is interested in obtaining a copy of the 3 year plan – it is available by emailing Eileen Mc Manus at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.