Tralee Jumps To Fifth Place In IBAL Rankings

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IBAL (Irish Business Against Litter) announced their first results for 2019, which sees Tralee leap from a lowly 30th in January, right up to 5th in the overall rankings, the biggest difference of any town in Ireland.

The rankings show Tralee to be ‘Cleaner Than European Norms’ in their report. Conor Horgan of IBAL highlights that “today’s tourists demand high levels of cleanliness and these results indicate that’s what they will be getting this year”. Kilkenny topped the table with Killarney at No.3.

Commenting on the results, Glan Tralee spokesperson Martha Farrell said “a concerted effort has been made by many groups in Tralee to work together for the good of the town, including Glan Tralee, Team Bramble, Tralee Tidy Towns, Kerry County Council, Friends of Able and North East Kerry Development, and massive congratulations must go to all of them”.

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The judges for Tralee noted; “Tralee would appear to be a good example that if the citizens are provided with an attractively presented environment then there is a greater likelihood of it being kept clean.” and highlighted for particular praise “there have been big improvements in Tralee with a clear and concerted effort on behalf of the wider community e.g. ‘Love where you live, don’t let litter spoil it – 2 Minute Street Clean’ placard at Imperial Hotel.”

It identified most areas receiving a Grade A standard, including areas which would have previously been criticised.

Joan O’Regan, a member of Team Bramble outlined that “it’s a massive collective effort involving the Chamber, Tralee Tidy Town, Kerry County Council and groups like our own, to see can we make a lasting difference in Tralee. When you see the next generation like Evan, Alex and Dylan Nealon leading the way it inspires the rest of us”.

Aidan Kelly of Tralee Chamber Alliance said, “we have seen businesses now working together to take on their areas of the town, for example Derek Carroll of the Imperial Hotel, Sandra Rusk of Weardrobe and Susan Costello of Costello’s Pharmacy to name just some of the many businesses taking part, who have been quietly working away on their own areas…with many larger businesses helping them out, including JRI America and Sigmar Recruitment on CSR clean-up days”.

Martha concluded; “It’s a matter of having pride in our town, and we see this acknowledgment by IBAL of the work, as being a starting block, and we know everyone in Tralee will work together to make sure we kick on from here”.

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