Raphoe man spends six months cleaning up

Friday September 4, 2020
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A RAPHOE man has spent the last six months cleaning up areas around his hometown.

Christy Murray voluntarily took on the mammoth task of picking up roadside litter on approaches into the town of Raphoe.

The generous Raphoe man began the clean-up in March and collected a total of 4 tonnes of waste, some of which was nearly 70 years old, including 347 bags of litter.

All waste collected by Mr Murray was removed by the council’s Litter Warden, Mobile Litter Unit and the Roads Section this week.

Recognising Mr Murray’s efforts, a spokesperson for Donegal County Council said: “The community spirit shown by Christy in improving his locality for the community as a whole is a shining example of the spirit shown by volunteers throughout the county on a daily basis.

Christy Murray who carried out a massive voluntary clean up of the roadsides on the approach road to Raphoe.

“At this time Donegal County Council wishes to also thank the 5,500 volunteers in community groups and Tidy Towns Committees in Donegal who work tirelessly in collaboration with the Council in our journey to ensuring that Donegal is the cleanest and greenest county in Ireland.

“Donegal County Council would like to encourage any member of the public who has information regarding any instance of littering or unauthorised waste activity to call 074 91 53900 from 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 4.30pm on Friday.

“In addition, outside of the council’s office hours or where a member of the public may wish to report an issue directly to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), they can make a report through the National Environmental Complaints Line on 1850 365121 or via the EPA’s “See it? Say it?” smartphone app. These services operate on a 24-hour basis.  Donegal County Council is committed to thoroughly investigating all reports received.”


The Regional Cultural Centre is currently hosting a FREE educational and entertaining exhibition until December entitled PLASTIC: Can’t Live With It, Can’t Live Without It.

The touring exhibition by Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin features the work of over thirty national and international artists, designers and scientists, as well as a newly commissioned work by Donegal-based sound artist Ed Devane.

Plastic has great power, and with great power comes great responsibility. It has changed our daily lives and our environment more than any other material. The unsustainability of our relationship with plastic is well documented, but to stop using plastic is not an option. Its use has revolutionised industrial design, and more essentially, modern medicine relies on plastic so heavily that even the most basic medical procedures would be unimaginable without it.

This exhibition, which is produced with the support of Science Foundation Ireland, is Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin’s first national touring exhibition. In each location, an artist has been commissioned to work with the local community to co-design an artwork reflecting the cultural history, place and relationship between the people and their environment. For more information and bookings CLICK HERE

The Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny is proudly funded by Donegal County Council and Arts Council Ireland.