Minister Ring presents TidyTowns awards for North West and West Region in Westport

Published 17 November 2017

Announces €1.4 million fund for local groups to mark 60th anniversary                  The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD, this evening 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.

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.

“Today we also recognise all the other 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 Westport, the overall regional winners and national winners of the Tidiest Large Town. Everyone in the town is proud of what they have achieved. Congratulations to them as well as all of today’s other prize-winners.

“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.

ENDS

Note for Editor

A list of all the prize-winners for the North West and West region is attached.

TidyTowns sponsored by SuperValu – North West and West Region –

Regional Winner Sponsored by the Department of Rural and Community Development

Recipient County Award
Westport Mayo Regional Winner

 

Irelands Tidiest Large Town

Sponsored by SuperValu

Recipient County Award
Westport Mayo Tidiest Large Town

 

North West and West Region – Medallists in National Awards  Sponsored by SuperValu

Recipient County Award
Buncrana Donegal Gold Medal
Carrickmacross Monaghan Gold Medal
Carrick-on-Shannon Leitrim Gold Medal
Castlecoote Roscommon Gold Medal
Cavan Cavan Gold Medal
Coolaney Sligo Gold Medal
Glaslough Monaghan Gold Medal
Keadue Roscommon Gold Medal
Letterkenny Donegal Gold Medal
Roscommon Roscommon Gold Medal
Westport Mayo Gold Medal
Ballintubber Roscommon Silver Medal
Béal an Mhuirthead Mayo Silver Medal
Castlebar Mayo Silver Medal
Dromod Leitrim Silver Medal
Galway City Centre Galway Silver Medal
Glenties Donegal Silver Medal
Malin Donegal Silver Medal
Milltown Galway Silver Medal
Monaghan Monaghan Silver Medal
Abbey Galway Bronze Medal
Ballina Mayo Bronze Medal
Carraig Airt Donegal Bronze Medal
Cloontuskert Roscommon Bronze Medal
Monivea Galway Bronze Medal
Mulranny Mayo Bronze Medal
Raphoe Donegal Bronze Medal
Sligo Sligo Bronze Medal
Tarmonbarry Roscommon Bronze Medal

 

SuperValu TidyTowns – North West and West Region – County Awards

Sponsored by SuperValu

 

Recipient County Award
Cavan Cavan County Winner
Redhills Cavan Highly Commended
Loch Gowna Cavan Commended
Mount Nugent Cavan Endeavour *
Letterkenny Donegal County Winner
Glenties Donegal Highly Commended
Buncrana Donegal Commended
Kerrykeel Donegal Endeavour *
Milltown Galway County Winner
Abbey Galway Highly Commended
Monivea Galway Commended
Ballygar Galway Endeavour *
Dromod Leitrim County Winner
Carrick-on-Shannon Leitrim Highly Commended
Cloone Leitrim Commended
Manorhamilton Leitrim Endeavour *
Westport Mayo County Winner
Béal an Mhuirthead Mayo Highly Commended
Mulranny Mayo Commended
Shrule Mayo Endeavour *
Glaslough Monaghan County Winner
Carrickmacross Monaghan Highly Commended
Monaghan Monaghan Commended
Scotshouse Monaghan Endeavour *
Castlecoote Roscommon County Winner
Keadue Roscommon Highly Commended
Ballintubber Roscommon Commended
Strokestown Roscommon Endeavour *
Coolaney Sligo County Winner
Riverstown Sligo Highly Commended
Ballintogher Sligo Commended
Collooney Sligo Endeavour *

* Endeavour Award winners are those who achieved the greatest improvement in score in 2016

 

SuperValu TidyTowns – North West and West Region – Special Awards

Recipient County Sponsor & Award
Tubbercurry Sligo North West and West SuperValu Youth Award
Ballyleague Roscommon ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Waste Prevention Award sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency Highly Commended

 

Carraig Airt Donegal ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Waste Prevention Award sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency Highly Commended

 

Ballintubber Roscommon Let’s Get Buzzing Pollinator Award – sponsored by Local Authorities
Buncrana Donegal Let’s Get Buzzing Pollinator Award – sponsored by Local Authorities
Westport Mayo Our Community Climate Action Award Sponsored by The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment Young TidyTowns Award

 

Balla Community Woodlands Walk Mayo Sustainable Development Award –sponsored by Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment Runner Up
Emyvale Lough Looped Walkway Monaghan Sustainable Development Award –sponsored by Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment Runner Up
Leisurely Walk in Creggs Roscommon Sustainable Development Award –sponsored by Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment National Winner
Clifden Galway Irish Water Value Water Award
Belcarra Mayo Irish Water Value Water Award
Mulranny TidyTowns Mayo Irish Water Value Water Award
Cloontuskert TidyTowns Roscommon Irish Water Value Water Award
Clifden Galway Irish Water Value Water Award National Award
Culdaff Donegal Waters & Communities Award sponsored by Inland Fisheries Ireland, Watersways Ireland and the Local Authority Waters & Communities Office Highly Commended
Emyvale Monaghan Waters & Communities Award sponsored by Inland Fisheries Ireland, Watersways Ireland and the Local Authority Waters & Communities Office Regional Winner
Emyvale Monaghan Waters & Communities Award sponsored by Inland Fisheries Ireland, Watersways Ireland and the Local Authority Waters & Communities Office National Winner
Headford Lace Project Galway Heritage Award Sponsored by The Heritage Council

 

Béal an Mhuirthead Mayo Gaeltacht Award Winner sponsored by Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Joint Winner
Carraig Airt Donegal Gaeltacht Award Winner sponsored by Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Joint Winne