Kiltegan is a small village in West Wicklow with a big heart. Its Tidy Towns committee approached me to help them develop a new 3 year plan. This plan would also have a goal that in 2023 they would regain their standing in the national competition by winning the overall competition in their category, thus the reference to -5year. In 1973 they were the winners!

With great stone buildings, including Homewood estate, old cemeteries, mountains on their doorsteps and the River Douglas flown nearby, topped up with a huge community spirit they had everything they needed.

Their 3 (-5) plan is ambitious but doable. Following several meetings and walkabouts I drew up some strong and very pro-active measures in each category and adding onto their existing activities.

In February 2019, I urged them to open the door to a public consultation and one Wednesday evening the Community Hall had many new and known faces attend. I facilitated the meeting, outlining what Kiltergan Tidy Towns were planning. It was great to see two councillors attend, one from Wicklow and one from Carlow. Kiltegan has the benefit of being on the border and can possibly dip into each to help with the various projects and actions identified.

Wishing Kiltegan Tidy Towns all the best!