Councillor seeks to track down illegal dumpers

Councillor seeks to track down illegal dumpers


Photo: Cathal Crowe
A member of Clare County Council has launched a social media campaign to track down the person or persons who dumped a pile of bed mattresses in his area.
Cllr Cathal Crowe made the discovery in the Meelick/Cratloe area over the weekend.
“Over the course of the long weekend somebody dumped approximately a dozen mattresses on Woodcock Hill. This is a beautiful and scenic part of South-East Clare. The top of the mountain forms part of the parish boundaries of Meelick and Cratloe. The winding roads that run across the mountain are very popular with walkers, joggers and cyclists from both Clare and Limerick,” Cllr Crowe said.
“Hauling a large quantity of mattresses out to Woodcock Hill was no small feat. Anybody who has lifted old mattresses will know that they are extremely heavy and cumbersome to move. This dumping job definitely required the efforts of a few people. The amount of mattresses dumped would also suggest to me that these very well have come from a rented house, possibly a student house or a bed and breakfast,” he said.
Cllr Cathal Crowe – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016
“The perpetrators are people who don’t give a damn about the environment. In fly-tipping their waste in such a beautiful area they are giving the proverbial two-fingers to the locality.  There is the possibility that a homeowner or landlord paid somebody to dispose of these mattresses and have no idea that they are now strewn across the heather and gorse of Woodcock Hill,” Cllr Crowe added
“If this is the case I am hoping that my video on Facebook will help to stir up some awareness.l and job memories: Perhaps somebody out that knows where these mattresses originated from. If they have any relevant information they should pass if on to Clare County Council’s Environment Department: (065) 6846200,” he said.

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.