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A local Community Group 'Friends of Sliabh Fúait' have launched several initiatives in recent days. In one they are appealing to people to take their rubbish home with them. Slieve Fúait in the Fews Forest, Newtownhamilton has a recurring issue with flytipping and members of the group are taking to social media to demand change. They have also launched an online photography class for mobile phone users.

One of the groups Instagram posts.

Over the weekend the group committed to the development of Carrickatuke Viewpoint and the Sliabh Fuait area, posted images and videos on social media demanding that visitors take their filth home. The images showed the leftovers of take-away meals, drinks, fireworks, and other rubbish. The frustration from the group was evident. 

A spokesperson for the group stated, "We have been consistently working to develop this area and have cleaned the area on more occasions than we wish to count. It is imperative that peoples’ mindsets change in regards litter and our environment. We are working hard to develop this area, bring people to visit and create local attractions. This disgusting behaviour is setting us back. We are launching an exciting new project at the beginning of March and are appealing to visitors to this area to keep our gorgeous, local landmarks clean."

Mobile Phone Photography Course

The group have also announced an Online Mobile Phone Photography Course starting 22 February. A spokesperson for the group has said, "We were delighted to announce our Online Photography Course, we were even more pleased when the places filled up in a matter of minutes! It is clear that there is an appetite for courses of the sort in the area and it goes away to fill the long evenings spent at home during this pandemic. We are delighted to have this opportunity with thanks to Elevate for funding this course. We have lots of other projects in the pipeline due to launch in early March so please, follow us on social media for more updates."

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