‘Grime scene’ sealed off to highlight gum scourge

‘Grime scene’ sealed off to highlight gum scourge


Members of Clare County Council, An Garda Síochána, Ennis Tidy Towns Committee and the Queens Nightclub are working together to raise awareness of gum litter in Ennis as part of National Spring Clean Month.

This week, the group created three ‘grime scenes’ around the nightclub where the teenagers queue to enter and asked all teenagers to count the amount of discarded chewing gum was in each grime scene.

Correct answers were placed in a draw with free admittance to the next teenage disco for the winners.

Gum wraps were handed out to all teenagers and each one was asked to do the right thing; place your used gum in a gum wrap and place in a bin.


Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick.

Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station’s flagship current affairs programme.

He was also the station’s News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day.

As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.