Athy River Barrow Clean-Up

Terry Smith & Shane Smith and a young helper on a boat collecting rubbish on the river Barrow in Athy

Annual River Barrow Clean-Up

The annual River Barrow Clean-Up took place in Athy recently, having been cancelled last year due to Covid 19. Organised by Athy Tidy Towns each year in May and supported by local river based groups and club, the Clean-Up helps improve the condition of the river Barrow environment, year on year. Now in it’s 23rd year, last week saw local volunteers, groups and business’s such as Athy & District Anglers, Athy Waterways, Athy Rowing and Canoeing Club, Athy Sports Hub, Kildare Sports Partnership, North Barrow IWAI, Athy Dragon Boat, Kildare County Show, Kildare County Council, Civil Defence, Athy Town Promoters,, Tri-Athy, Athy Boat Tours, Athy Gardaí and Athy Triathlon Club.
Despite not taking place last year, the Athy River Barrow Clean-Up, noticed a substantial improvement on the general environment and the river Barrow itself. This is attributed to a number of factors, including; changing attitudes, volunteer litter pickers and local clubs maintaining the waterways. After the Clean-Up was complete, a small picnic was had at the floating pontoon on Barrow Quay. This, and the Barrow Clean-Up was kindly sponsored and supported by Conlans Family Store, Athy. A special word of thanks and recognition must also go to Ger Kelly, Patricia Berry and all members of Athy Tidy Towns who are instrumental in organising the event and maintaining the fight against litter in Athy on a year round bases. Well done all involved!

Pictures for the recent River Barrow Clean-Up in Athy

Below are a few pictures from the clean up on the river Barrow. Apologies that we didn’t get to snap all those that turned up on the day. 

Volunteers from the first River Barrow Clean-Up in 1999

26th May 2021


Clifford Reid

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