Saturday, January 14, 2006

Dolphin carcasses...a tearful sight!

THE distressing sight of the carcasses of two dolphins decaying on Tramore beach reduced two young tourists to tears, members of the Town Council were told last week.Cllr. James McCartan told his colleagues that the young girls and their mother had been visiting from Kerry. “They were brought home in tears when they saw the mammals decaying,” he said as he called for a regular clean up of the beach.

Stating that there were regularly dead mammals and birds on the beach, he said that Tramore should be a holiday destination twelve months of the year and not for just six weeks in the summer.Town Clerk, John O’Sullivan said that while sewage pipes were being laid part of the beach was effectively a construction site and it was not possible to go beyond a certain point to clean. He added, however, that in the past if there was something dead on the beach “a person went down with a digger to remove it.”

On the issue of the general appearance of Tramore in recent weeks, the town Mayor, Cllr. Lola O’Sullivan said that in the week after Christmas the Promenade was “fairly littered.” She also said that the bins were overflowing and their contents had been spread around by the crows. “The prom was absolutely filthy on the morning of January 3,” she went on.

The Town Mayor continued by saying that if Tramore was to be portrayed the way it deserved to be there would have to be cleaning all the time and not just in summer.Cllr. Paddy O’Callaghan told his fellow members of the Town Council that people were off-loading their domestic rubbish in the litter bins.Cllr. Ann Marie Power stated that she had received a couple of phone calls about the dirt on the Promenade. Dog fouling concerned Cllr.

Ray Hayden. He said that it was a terrible problem in Tramore and it was almost impossible to walk on footpaths or on the Promenade because of it.

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