Big river clean-up

Fermoy Tidy Town Volunteers Paul Kavanagh, John McCarthy, Fernando Guimaraes and Ken Barry cleaning the river Blackwater in Fermoy last Saturday. (Picture: John O'Connell)

Fermoy Tidy Towns Committee did a major clean up of the River Blackwater in Fermoy last Saturday, travelling by boat down river and using nets on poles to collect the litter and rubbish which is constantly being thrown into the river. 

The ‘IBAL Litter Survey on beaches, rivers and harbours’ judging took place two weeks ago and although Fermoy came to with a good rating of ‘moderately littered’, the major eyesore which lost them the most marks was the gathering of rubbish and debris at the sluice gates by the Garda Barracks.

The team collected four bags full of litter on Saturday from the river, which was mainly made up of bottles, polystyrene food cartons, milk cartons and cups.

At the sluice gates, they also removed a large double wheelie bin and a beer barrel which were blocking it up.

Full report in this week’s Print & Digital Edition