This year’s SuperValu TidyTowns awards for the South East region were presented today, Monday 20th November, at a prize-giving ceremony in the Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh, Co Tipperary. SuperValu TidyTowns winners were presented with their awards by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring T.D., and Julie Dorel, Corporate Communications Manager with Supervalu who are proud sponsors of the competition. Also joining the Minister on stage was Eimear Whittle of Fáilte Ireland.
At the ceremony, Minister Ring spoke of the recently announced scheme which will allow Supervalu TidyTowns committees to apply for a grant of between €1,000 and €4,000. Minister Ring said “Last Friday I was delighted to announce a grant scheme for the Supervalu TidyTowns committees. 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.”
Birdhill, Co. Tipperary, won the overall title of Ireland’s Tidiest Town, Ireland’s Tidiest Village as well as the regional title. A full list of today’s prize winner’s is attached.
Minister Ring added: “It is fantastic to have the opportunity this evening to meet Supervalu TidyTowns groups 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 Birdhill, congratulations to them, as well as 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.”
Julie Dorel, SuperValu Corporate Communications 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 Tidy Towns 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 South 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 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.
A list of all the prize-winners for the South East region is attached.
SuperValu TidyTowns – Ireland’s Tidiest Town
Sponsored by SuperValu
SuperValu TidyTowns – Ireland’s Tidiest Large Urban Centre
Sponsored by SuperValu
SuperValu TidyTowns – South East region – Tidiest Village
Sponsored by the Department of Rural and Community Development
SuperValu TidyTowns – South East region – Medallists in National Awards Sponsored by SuperValu
|Waterford City||Waterford||Silver Medal|
SuperValu TidyTowns – South East region – County Awards
Sponsored by SuperValu
* Endeavour Award winners are those who achieved the greatest improvement in score in 2016
SuperValu TidyTowns – South East region – Special Awards
|Recipient||County||Sponsor & Award|
|Tramore||Waterford||SuperValu Youth National Award|
|Tramore||Waterford||South EastSuperValu Youth Award|
|Clonmel||Tipperary||Let’s Get Buzzing Pollinator Award – sponsored by Local Authorities|
|Ballycanew||Wexford||Let’s Get Buzzing Pollinator Award – sponsored by Local Authorities|
|The Fairy Glen Walk in Windgap||Kilkenny||Sustainable Development Award –sponsored by Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment Runner Up|
|Emly Walkway||Tipperary||Sustainable Development Award –sponsored by Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment Runner Up|
|Rosslare||Wexford||Irish Water Value Water Award|
|Tullahought||Kilkenny||Irish Water Value Water Award|
|Cheekpoint & Faithlegg Development Group||Waterford||Waters & Communities Award sponsored by Inland Fisheries Ireland, Watersways Ireland and the Local Authority Waters & Communities Office Highly Commended|
|The Friends of St. John’s River||Waterford||Waters & Communities Award sponsored by Inland Fisheries Ireland, Watersways Ireland and the Local Authority Waters & Communities Office Regional Winner|
|Wexford||Clean Air Award sponsored by Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment Runner up|
|Ballyduff Development Group||Wexford||Can It! Award sponsored by Alupro Ireland Runner Up|