The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD, has presented awards to 83 towns and villages from the North West and West Region as part of the Tidy Towns competition sponsored by SuperValu.
Minister Ring also announced a grant scheme for Tidy Towns committees that will enable each committee to apply for a grant of between €1000 and €4000 in recognition of the competition’s 60th anniversary next year.
Carrick-on-Shannon Tidy Towns was presented with a Gold Medal and a Silver Medal as was presented to Dromod Tidy Towns.
Dromod was also presented with the Award for County Winner while Carrick-on-Shannon received the Highly Commended Award.
Cloone Village Tidy Towns received a Commended Award while Manorhramilton Tidy Towns was presented with the Endeavour Award for Co Leitrim.
Minister Ring said: “It is fantastic to have the opportunity this evening to meet TidyTowns groups from across the North West and Western region. A total of 83 towns and villages are receiving awards tonight. These awards are just a small recognition for the efforts of so many volunteers who take pride in their home town and work tirelessly to make it a better place now and for future generations. This selfless effort and the generosity displayed by these volunteers makes a huge difference in our communities.
“2018 sees the 60th Anniversary of Tidy Towns and I am delighted to announce a €1.4 million grant scheme from my Department to Tidy Towns groups around the country. The Tidy Towns competition sponsored by SuperValu has made our country a better place to live in and to visit. The work is carried out on a voluntary basis and we all benefit from it. This investment by the Government will further enhance our towns and villages and represents great value for money.”
The Minister also thanked TidyTowns’ main sponsor SuperValu: “For 26 years SuperValu has been involved in this competition at local and national level and they have helped it to flourish and grow and continue to demonstrate a real commitment to supporting local communities. They have worked closely with Department officials to help make it the success it is today.”
Richard Lennon, SuperValu Regional Manager said: “At SuperValu we believe in building vibrant local communities and the SuperValu TidyTowns competition goes to the heart of what community is all about. The incredible dedication shown by the volunteers involved is truly admirable and continues to amaze us year after year. Their relentless commitment to working to build better local communities is what makes this competition the success it is today. As Ireland’s leading grocery retailer, with 219 stores across Ireland and retailers embedded in communities around the country, SuperValu is extremely proud to have sponsored TidyTowns for the past 26 years, one of the longest running sponsorships in Ireland. I am delighted to recognise the dedication of TidyTowns committees in the North West and West who are at the heart of their local communities, working tirelessly behind the scenes throughout the year to enhance their locality.
Interest in the TidyTowns competition sponsored by SuperValu has been stronger than ever in recent years and with a record 870 communities entering the competition in 2017. The competition has been running since 1958 and is organised by the Department of Rural and Community Development. The competition has been sponsored by SuperValu since 1992.