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Mayo to get a spring clean for The Gathering- Volunteers required 24th February

Mayo County Council, in partnership with Ireland West Airport Knock and Kilmaine Tidy Towns Committee, are holding a major litter clean up of the approach roads to the airport in preparation for visitors to Co Mayo for The Gathering celebrations. The litter clean up will take place on Sunday morning, February 24th, and volunteers from across the county are called on to give of their time to participate in the event. The idea for ‘Gather for the Gathering’ originated with Kilmaine Tidy Towns Committee.
 
Speaking about the event Marian Sheridan from the Committee said:  “As we often travel the road to Knock Airport we thought it would be a good idea to have it looking beautiful not just for the gathering, but for all times. We are very proud of our airport and want our visitors to have a very good impression of our county when they land.
"We are delighted that Mayo County Council have taken up the idea and are putting in such an effort to make this venture a success.”
Ireland West Airport Knock (IWAK) strongly supports the event and will provide free car parking and refreshments for those participating on the day.
Management at the airport have very kindly offered some great spot prizes to some lucky participants on the day.
Good impression
Trina Donohue, HR Manager with IWAK, welcomes the event: “Ireland West Airport Knock are delighted to support the initiative to ‘Gather for the Gathering’. 
"The wonderful views from the N17 and Ireland West Airport Knock are very impressive and this is a brilliant initiative to ensure the approach roads give a lasting good impression of the region to all our visitors. 
"We are anticipating a busy summer season ahead with new routes to Palma and Malaga as well as to a number of other destinations in the UK and Europe and thus are delighted to support this community initiative.  We hope to see as many volunteers as possible on the day.”
Sharon Cameron, Environment Awareness Officer with Mayo County Council, is encouraging people to register and take part in the event
Ms Cameron explained: "“We want to make this one of the biggest litter clean up events to ever take place in the County. Each week many people make a tremendous voluntary effort in collecting litter in their towns and villages
"We want all those people and many more to come together for a few hours on Sunday 24th February so that clean roadsides will welcome our visitors this year.  Kilmaine Tidy Towns came to me with a brilliant idea and now we must really make it work.
"I acknowledge the support of IWAK for this event and also for the advice and support of Westport Tidy Towns Committee in the organisation of the event” ‘Gather for the Gathering’ is scheduled to take place on Sunday, 24th February, 2013, from 9:30am to 12:30pm.      Volunteers must be 18 years or older.
Those interested in participating in the event can register through Mayo Volunteer Centre or can register with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at  (094) 9047360 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at  (094) 9047443 by Monday, 18th February.

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