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Litter on the picnic area at Garryvoe Beach.
Litter on the picnic area at Garryvoe Beach.
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Considerate locals clean up litter on popular Cork beach

An eco-conscious couple, living within 5km of Garryvoe Beach spent their weekend cleaning up litter strewn across the picnic area of Garryvoe Beach. 

Yesterday coastal clean up group, Clean Coasts Ballynamona, took to social media to thank two of the organisation's stalwart volunteers, husband and wife duo Sally and Tomás for their good deed.

Litter at the picnic area at Garryvoe Beach.
Litter at the picnic area at Garryvoe Beach.

The award-winning group, which organises regular beach cleans in East Cork has had to suspend usual activity amid the coronavirus pandemic, but volunteers working alone or with others in the same households are still ensuring that their local beaches are kept clean.

"Our beach cleans have been postponed until we can establish best work practices for them to continue when it's safe to do so.

"Sally and Tomás, who live about 2km from the beach picked up all the rubbish from the picnic area of Garryvoe Beach and took it home with them to dispose of properly," founder of Clean Coasts Ballynamona, Proinsias Ó Tuama, told The Echo.

Volunteers with Clean Coasts Ballynamona, Sally & Tomás cleaned up Garryvoe Beach at the weekend.
Volunteers with Clean Coasts Ballynamona, Sally & Tomás cleaned up Garryvoe Beach at the weekend.

"They observed social distancing from anyone else they encountered and cleaned up the domestic rubbish."

It is unclear whether the wanton littering was as a result of locals in the area, or by people travelling to the area in breach of the Covid-19 travel restrictions.

Mr Ó Tuama also stated that some of the rubbish could be as a result of scavenger birds such as rooks and crows pulling rubbish out of the bins.