SuperValu TidyTowns – Midlands and East Region Awards Ceremony

This year’s SuperValu TidyTowns awards for the Midlands and East region were presented today, Tuesday 5th December, at a prize-giving ceremony in the Community Centre, Skerries, Co Dublin.  SuperValu TidyTowns winners were presented with their awards by Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community, Sean Kyne, T.D., and Niall O Callaghan, Community and Sponsorship Manager with SuperValu, proud sponsors of the competition. Also joining the Minister on stage was Colm Brehony of Fáilte Ireland.

At the ceremony Minister Kyne spoke of the recently announced scheme which will allow SuperValu TidyTowns committees to apply for a grant of between €1,000 and €4,000 and encouraged groups to submit their grant application to Pobal before the closing date of 15 December 2017.

Minister Kyne said “I am delighted with the recently announced grant scheme that SuperValu TidyTowns committees can avail of.  Generations of people in communities have volunteered with TidyTowns to make our country a place we can all be proud of.  I have nothing but admiration for the volunteers here tonight and across the country and this grant scheme is recognition from the Government of the huge contribution made by citizens in their own community.  2018 sees the 60th Anniversary of the SuperValu TidyTowns competition and this grant scheme is just part of the Department’s celebration of that milestone.”

Towns and Villages in the Midlands and East region were awarded a total of 95 awards in this year’s SuperValu TidyTowns competition, with Skerries winning the award of the Midland and East Regional title.  A full list of today’s prize-winner’s is attached.

Minister Kyne added:  “I was delighted to get the opportunity this evening to meet SuperValu TidyTowns groups from across this region.  These awards are just a small reward 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. The unselfish effort and generosity displayed by these volunteers makes a huge difference in our communities.  Today, we also recognise all the other SuperValu TidyTowns groups not here today who are also committed to improving their community’s year on year but have yet to achieve formal recognition in the competition.  I must make special mention of our host, Skerries and send my congratulations to them as well as to all of today’s other prize-winners.”

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.”

Niall O Callaghan, SuperValu Community and Sponsorship 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 allocation of funding by Minister Ring to SuperValu TidyTowns groups around the country in order to further improve their communities is a fitting gesture to mark the 60th anniversary of this competition. I have no doubt that the money will be a huge boost to the groups and will be put to very good use in towns and villages around Ireland.

“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 Midlands and East who are at the heart of their local communities, working tirelessly behind the scenes throughout the year to enhance their locality.”

Interest in the SuperValu TidyTowns competition has been stronger than ever in recent years  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.

A list of all the prize-winners for the Midlands and East region is attached.

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 Note to editors

Below please find a list of this year’s SuperValu TidyTowns Midlands and East regional award winners.

SuperValu TidyTowns – Midlands and East Region – Regional Winner

Sponsored by the Department of Rural and Community Development

Recipient County Award
Skerries Co Dublin Regional Winner

SuperValu TidyTowns – Midlands and East Region – County Awards

Sponsored by SuperValu

 

Recipient County Award
Skerries Co Dublin County Winner
Dalkey Co Dublin Highly Commended
Cabinteely Co Dublin Commended
Portmarnock Co Dublin Endeavour *
Straffan Co Kildare County Winner
Naas Co Kildare Highly Commended
Maynooth Co Kildare Commended
Allenwood Co Kildare Endeavour *
Abbeyleix Co Laois County Winner
Castletown Co Laois Highly Commended
Ballacolla Co Laois Commended
Cullohill Co Laois Endeavour *
Abbeyshrule, Co Longford County Winner
Newtowncashel Co Longford Highly Commended
Longford Co Longford Commended
Lanesborough Co Longford Endeavour *
Tallanstown, Co Louth County Winner
Blackrock Co Louth Highly Commended
Knockbridge

 

Co Louth Commended
Monasterboice Co Louth Endeavour *
Moynalty, Co Meath County Winner
Trim Co Meath Highly Commended
Castletown-Kilpatrick

 

Co Meath Commended
Wilkinstown

 

Co Meath Endeavour *
Geashill, Co Offaly County Winner
Clonbullogue Co Offaly Highly Commended
Tullamore Co Offaly Commended
Pullough Co Offaly Endeavour *
Ballinahown, Co Westmeath County Winner
Tyrrellspass Co Westmeath Highly Commended
Glasson Co Westmeath Commended
Killucan Rathwire

 

Co Westmeath Endeavour *
Aughrim Co Wicklow County Winner
Stratford-on-Slaney Co Wicklow Highly Commended
Wicklow Co Wicklow Commended
Newtownmountkennedy

 

Co Wicklow Endeavour *

 

 

* Endeavour Award winners are those who achieved the greatest improvement in score in 2017

SuperValu TidyTowns – Midlands and East Region – Medallists in National Awards  Sponsored by SuperValu

 

Recipient County Award
Abbeyleix Co. Laois Gold Medal
Abbeyshrule Co. Longford Gold Medal
Blackrock Co. Louth Gold Medal
Dalkey

 

 

Co Dublin Gold Medal
Drogheda Co Louth Gold Medal
Dundalk

 

Co Louth Gold Medal
Leixlip

 

Co Kildare Gold Medal
Malahide

 

Co Dublin Gold Medal
Maynooth

 

Co Kildare Gold Medal
Moynalty

 

Co Meath Gold Medal
Naas

 

Co Kildare Gold Medal
Skerries

 

Co Dublin Gold Medal
Straffan

 

Co Kildare Gold Medal
Tallanstown

 

Co Louth Gold Medal
Trim

 

Co Meath Gold Medal
Tullamore Co Offaly Gold Medal
Ardee Co Louth Silver Medal
Aughrim Co Wicklow Silver Medal
Ballinahown Co Westmeath Silver Medal
Cabinteely Co Dublin Silver Medal
Celbridge Co Kildare Silver Medal
Clonbullogue Co Offaly Silver Medal
Geashill Co Offaly Silver Medal
Kill Co Kildare Silver Medal
Newbridge Co Kildare Silver Medal
Portlaoise Co Kildare Silver Medal
Shankill Co Dublin Silver Medal
Swords Co Dublin Silver Medal
Arklow Co Wicklow Bronze Medal
Athlone Co Westmeath Bronze Medal
Ballacolla Co Laois Bronze Medal
Ballymore Eustace Co Kildare Bronze Medal
Bray Co Wicklow Bronze Medal
Castletown Co Laois Bronze Medal
Clane Co Kildare Bronze Medal
Knockbridge Co Louth Bronze Medal
Longford Co Longford Bronze Medal
Lucan Co Dublin Bronze Medal
Lusk Co Dublin Bronze Medal
Newtowncashel Co. Longford Bronze Medal
Raheny Co. Dublin Bronze Medal
Rathangan

 

Co. Kildare Bronze Medal
Tubber Co. Offaly

 

Bronze Medal
Wicklow

 

Co. Wicklow Bronze Medal

SuperValu TidyTowns – Midlands and East Region – Special Awards

Recipient County Sponsor & Award
Baltrasna Boreen Biodiversity Group Co Meath Highly Commended; Waters & Communities Award sponsored by Inland Fisheries Ireland, Watersways Ireland and the Local Authority Waters & Communities Office.

 

Dodder Action Group Co Dublin Regional winner:

Waters & Communities Award sponsored by Inland Fisheries Ireland, Watersways Ireland and the Local Authority Waters & Communities Office.

 

Geashill Tidy Towns Co Offaly Village Winner: Local Authority Let’s Get Buzzing Pollinator Sponsored by the Heritage Offices & Biodiversity Offices of Local Authorities

 

Maynooth TidyTowns Association Co Kildare Large Town Winner: Local Authority Let’s Get Buzzing Pollinator Sponsored by the Heritage Offices & Biodiversity Offices of Local Authorities

 

Geashill Tidy Towns

 

Co Offaly National Winner: Local Authority Let’s Get Buzzing Pollinator Sponsored by the Heritage Offices & Biodiversity Offices of Local Authorities

 

 

Swords TidyTowns

 

 

Co Dublin

SuperValu Diversity Award
 

Naas TidyTowns

 

Co Kildare

 

Youth Award sponsored by SuperValu

 

 

Broadford TidyTowns

 

Co Kildare Value Water Award, sponsored by Irish Water

 

Stabannon TidyTowns

 

Co Louth The Gum Litter Taskforce Award sponsored by the Gum Litter Taskforce: Village and Small Town category winner
Carlingford Tidy Towns Co Louth Waste Prevention Award sponsored by Environmental Protection Agency:

Most innovative Project

 

 

Raheny Tidy Village Group Co Dublin Waste Prevention Award sponsored by Environmental Protection Agency:

National award

 

Naas Tidy Towns: Naas Neighbourhood Greenway

 

Co Kildare Sustainable Development Award Sponsored by The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment:

Runners up

 

Blackrock TidyTowns: A Leisurely Stroll through Blackrock Park Co. Louth

 

Co Louth Sustainable Development Award Sponsored by The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Runners up

 

Dunleer TidyTowns

 

Co Louth Tree Project Sponsored by The Tree Council of Ireland