Published 7 December 2018

This year’s SuperValu TidyTowns awards for the Midlands and East region were presented, Thursday last night, 6 December, at a prize-giving ceremony in the Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule, Co. Longford.  SuperValu TidyTowns winners were presented with their awards by Minister of State for Rural Affairs and Natural Resources, Mr. Sean Canney TD and Eoghan Jones, SuperValu Regional Manager, longtime sponsors of the competition. Also joining the Minister on stage was Paddy Mathews of Fáilte Ireland.

At the ceremony, Minister Canney spoke of the recently announced grant scheme which will enable TidyTowns committees to apply for a grant of between €1,000 and €4,000.  Minister Canney said “He was delighted to be in a position to attend the awards on behalf of Minister Ring and encouraged committees to avail of the €1.4 million in grant funding recently announced by Minister Ring to assist committees in preparing for the 2019 competition.

“Generations of 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 committees to their community. “

Minister Canney added:  “It is fantastic to have the opportunity, this evening, to meet TidyTowns groups from across the Midlands and East 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. This unselfish effort and the generosity displayed by these volunteers makes a huge difference in our communities.  We also recognise all the other TidyTowns groups not here today who are equally committed to improving their community year on year but have not achieved formal recognition in the competition this year, well done to you all on the work you do and we hope to see you here with us next year.”

The Minister continued: “I want to also give a special mention to Abbeyshrule, congratulations on winning the Regional title and also to all of today’s other prize-winners.”

The Minister also thanked TidyTowns’ main sponsor SuperValu.  “For 27 years SuperValu as the main sponsor has been involved in this competition at local and national level. SuperValu has helped the competition to flourish and grow and continues to demonstrate a real commitment to supporting local communities and have worked closely with Department officials to help make it the success it is today.”

Eoghan Jones, SuperValu Regional Manager said: “2018 marks the 60th anniversary of SuperValu TidyTowns, with close to 900 committees entering and 12 new committees getting involved for the first time this year. I would like to thank all of these new SuperValu TidyTowns committees for getting involved during the 60th year of the competition.  It goes to show that SuperValu TidyTowns is a unique initiative, there is no other competition like it in the rest of Europe, thanks to the commitment of volunteers, committees and SuperValu retailers.”

The competition has had a huge benefit across Ireland for the past 60 years, and this year was no exception, with SuperValu TidyTowns committees building greenways, eradicating plastic straw use and delivering heritage projects, while bringing people from all ages and backgrounds together to build thriving, sustainable communities.  We are delighted to have been involved in the TidyTowns competition for the past 27 years and look forward to continuing to work with communities in the coming years.

Interest in the SuperValu TidyTowns competition has been stronger than ever in recent years with a record 883 communities entering the competition in 2018.  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.

Abbeyshrule won the regional title and a full list of all of today’s prize winner’s is attached.


SuperValu TidyTowns – Midlands and East Regional Winner

Sponsored by the Department of Rural and Community Development


Recipient County Award
Abbeyshrule Longford Regional Winner



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

Sponsored by SuperValu


Recipient County Award
Abbeyleix Laois Gold Medal
Abbeyshrule Longford Gold Medal
Ardee Louth Gold Medal
Blackrock Louth Gold Medal
Dalkey Dublin Gold Medal
Drogheda Louth Gold Medal
Dundalk Louth Gold Medal
Kill Kildare Gold Medal
Leixlip Kildare Gold Medal
Malahide Dublin Gold Medal
Maynooth Kildare Gold Medal
Naas Kildare Gold Medal
Skerries Dublin Gold Medal
Staffan Kildare Gold Medal
Trim Meath Gold Medal
Tullamore Offaly Gold Medal
Arklow Wicklow Silver Medal
Aughrim Wicklow Silver Medal
Ballymore Eustace Kildare Silver Medal
Celbridge Kildare Silver Medal
Geashill Offaly Silver Medal
Moynalty Meath Silver Medal
Newbridge Kildare Silver Medal
Portlaoise Laois Silver Medal
Swords Dublin Silver Medal
Wicklow Wicklow Silver Medal
Athlone Westmeath Bronze Medal
Ballinahown Westmeath Bronze Medal
Bray Wicklow Bronze Medal
Cabinteely Dublin Bronze Medal
Clane Kildare Bronze Medal
Clonbullogue Offaly Bronze Medal
Greystones Wicklow Bronze Medal
Knockbridge Louth Bronze Medal
Longford Longford Bronze Medal
Lucan Dublin Bronze Medal
Lusk Dublin Bronze Medal
Newtowncashel Longford Bronze Medal
Raheny Dublin Bronze Medal
Rathangan Kildare Bronze Medal
Shankill Dublin Bronze Medal



SuperValu TidyTowns – Midlands and East Region – County Awards

Sponsored by SuperValu

Recipient County Award
Skerries Dublin County Winner
Dalkey Dublin Highly Commended
Cabinteely Dublin Commended
The Naul Dublin Endeavour *
Maynooth Kildare County Winner
Naas Kildare Highly Commended
Staffan Kildare Commended
Milltown Kildare Endeavour *
Abbeyleix Laois County Winner
Castletown Laois Highly Commended
Ballacolla Laois Commended
Mountmellick Laois Endeavour *
Abbeyshrule Longford County Winner
Newtowncashel Longford Highly Commended
Longford Longford Commended
Moydow Longford Endeavour *
Blackrock Louth County Winner
Knockbridge Louth Highly Commended
Ardee Louth Commended
Kilcurry Louth Endeavour *
Trim Meath County Winner
Moynalty Meath Highly Commended
Athboy Meath Commended
Johnstown Meath Endeavour *
Geashill Offaly County Winner
Tullamore Offaly Highly Commended
Clonbullogue Offaly Commended
Kinnitty Offaly Endeavour *
Ballinahown Westmeath County Winner
Tyrrellspass Westmeath Highly Commended
Glasson Westmeath Commended
Streamstown Westmeath Endeavour *
Aughrim Wicklow County Winner
Wicklow Wicklow Highly Commended
Arklow Wicklow Commended
Hollywood Village Wicklow Endeavour *

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



SuperValu TidyTowns – Midlands and East Region – Special Awards


Recipient County Sponsor & Award
Biodiversity Project in association with Dunboyne TidyTowns Committee & Dunboyne Senior Primary School, Dunboyne, Co. Meath Meath Supervalu School Award – sponsored by SuperValu
Grange TidyTowns Louth Waters & Communities Award sponsored by Inland Fisheries Ireland, Watersways Ireland and the Local Authority Waters & Communities Office Regional Highly Commended
Ballymore Eustace Trout & Salmon Angler’s Association/Ballymore Eustace TidyTowns Kildare Waters & Communities Award sponsored by Inland Fisheries Ireland, Waterways Ireland and the Local Authority Waters & Communities Office Regional Winner
Geashill TidyTowns Offaly Let’s Get Buzzing Pollinator Award – sponsored by Local Authorities –Small Town Category Regional Winner
Swords TidyTowns Dublin Let’s Get Buzzing Pollinator Award – sponsored by Local Authorities – Large Town Category Regional Winner
Naas TidyTowns Kildare Gum Litter Taskforce Award sponsored by the Gum Litter Taskforce – Large Town and Urban Centre Category
Ashbourne TidyTowns Meath The Big Scoop Award – sponsored by Dogs Trust – Joint National Winner
Naas TidyTowns Kildare Clean Air Award Runner Up – sponsored by Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
Donnybrook TidyTowns – Project Seat & Retreat Meath Sustainable Development Award Runner Up – sponsored by Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
The Riverwalk with Arklow TidyTowns Wicklow Sustainable Development Award Second Place – sponsored by Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
Hollywood TidyTowns Wicklow Sustainable Development Award National Award Winner  – sponsored by Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment