Alcohol waste and syringes found during clean-up day

By Aideen O'Flaherty

OVER 30 bags of waste was collected by volunteers over two hours at a Dodder Valley Park clean-up on Good Friday, with alcohol waste making up a significant amount of the rubbish that was collected, as well as a number of syringes.

Volunteers from the Dodder Valley Litter Mugs, Dodder Action, Tallaght Rugby Club and An Taisce climate ambassadors took part in the clean-up, as did former Tallaght Person of the Year, Sinead Tighe and her daughter Shauna Tighe, who is the Leinster Young Carer of the Year.

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Some of the volunteers with the rubbish they cleared

Christine Barretto from the Dodder Valley Litter Mugs said: “With the added muscle from our rugby champions, big items such as three mattresses, chairs, tyres and local election signs were removed from the park.

“Alcohol waste was a huge feature as well as a number of syringes, and local environmental champion Caragh Coote was shocked by the extent of the waste, [as she was] finding waste from the early 90s.”

John Kiberd, also from Dodder Valley Litter Mugs, added: “It was great to see the Tallaght Rugby champions turning up and giving back, they were a great asset on the day.”

The event is one of several events that the Dodder Valley Litter Mugs will be holding to clean-up the park, with the next clean-up taking place on Saturday, May 11, from 10am to midday, and all are welcome to attend.

People who are interested in taking part in the clean-up are invited to bring friends and family with them to the carpark of the Old Mill at 10am on the day, before the group sets off for the clean-up of Dodder Valley Park.

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