Supervalu TidyTowns awards honours communities from Cavan, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Monaghan, Roscommon and Sligo

Published 19 November 2018

This year’s SuperValu TidyTowns awards for the North West and West region were presented today, Monday 19th November, at a prize-giving ceremony in Castle Leslie in Glaslough, Monaghan. SuperValu TidyTowns winners were presented with their awards by Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, TD, and Eoghan Jones, SuperValu Regional Manager, long time sponsors of the competition. Also joining the Minister on stage was Colm Breheny of Fáilte Ireland.

At the ceremony, Minister Humphreys spoke of the grant scheme, recently announced by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD, which will enable TidyTowns committees to apply for a grant of between €1,000 and €4,000.

Minister Humphreys said: “I am 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 his Department to assist committees in preparing for the 2019 competition.”

Minister Humphreys went on to say: “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 Humphreys added:  “It is fantastic to have the opportunity, this evening, to meet TidyTowns groups from across the North West and West 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 Glaslough – congratulations on winning the Regional title and being named as Ireland’s Tidiest Village for 2018 – 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 of the TidyTowns Competition, 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.

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

 

ENDS

 

SuperValu TidyTowns – North West & West – Ireland’s Tidiest Large Town for 2018

Sponsored by SuperValu

 

Recipient County Award
Westport Mayo Tidiest Large Town

 

SuperValu TidyTowns – North West & West – Ireland’s Tidiest Village for 2018

Sponsored by SuperValu

 

Recipient County Award
Glaslough Monaghan Tidiest Village

 

SuperValu TidyTowns – North West & West Regional Winner

Sponsored by the Department of Rural and Community Development

 

Recipient County Award
Glaslough Monaghan Regional Winner

 

 

SuperValu TidyTowns – South East region – Medallists in National Awards 

Sponsored by SuperValu

 

Recipient County Award
Buncranna Donegal Gold Medal
Carrickmacross Monaghan Gold Medal
Carrick On Shannon Leitrim Gold Medal
Castlebar Mayo Gold Medal
Castlecoote Roscommon 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
Cavan Cavan Silver Medal
Galway City Centre Galway Silver Medal
Monaghan Monaghan Silver Medal
Sligo Sligo Silver Medal
Abbey Galway Bronze Medal
Ballina Mayo Bronze Medal
Ballintubber Roscommon Bronze Medal
Beal an Mhuirthead Mayo Bronze Medal
Carraig Airt Donegal Bronze Medal
Cloontuskert Roscommon Bronze Medal
Dromod Leitrim Bronze Medal
Glenties Donegal Bronze Medal
Malin Donegal Bronze Medal
Milltown Galway Bronze Medal
Mulranny Mayo Bronze Medal
Tarmonbarry Roscommon Bronze Medal

 

 

SuperValu TidyTowns – South East region – County Awards

Sponsored by SuperValu

Recipient County Award
Cavan Cavan County Winner
Redhills Cavan Highly Commended
Lough Gowna Cavan Commended
Dowra Cavan Endeavour *
Letterkenny Donegal County Winner
Buncranna Donegal Highly Commended
Carrig Airt Donegal Commended
Maghery Donegal Endeavour *
Milltown Galway County Winner
Abbey Galway Highly Commended
Monivea Galway Commended
Woodford Galway Endeavour *
Carrick On Shannon Leitrim County Winner
Dromod Leitrim Highly Commended
Drumshanbo Leitrim Commended
Tullaghan Leitrim Endeavour *
Westport Mayo County Winner
Mulranny Mayo Highly Commended
Castlebar Mayo Commended
An Geata Mor (Binghamstown) Mayo Endeavour *
Glaslough Monaghan County Winner
Carrickmacross Monaghan Highly Commended
Monaghan Monaghan Commended
Emyvale Monaghan Endeavour *
Castlecoote Roscommon County Winner
Keadue Roscommon Highly Commended
Ballintubber Roscommon Commended
Portrunny Roscommon Endeavour *
Coolaney Sligo County Winner
Riverstown Sligo Highly Commended
Ballintogher Sligo Commended
Bunnanaddan Sligo Endeavour *

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

 

SuperValu TidyTowns – South East region – Special Awards

 

Recipient County Sponsor & Award
Athenry Galway The Tree Project Award sponsored by The Tree Council of Ireland
Loving Leftovers-

Belmont National School &

Milltown National School

Galway Supervalu School Award – sponsored by SuperValu
Ballintubber TidyTowns Roscommon Diversity Award – sponsored by SuperValu
Portrun Development Association CLG Roscommon Waters & Communities Award sponsored by Inland Fisheries Ireland, Watersways Ireland and the Local Authority Waters & Communities Office Regional Highly Commended
Abbey TidyTowns Galway Waters & Communities Award sponsored by Inland Fisheries Ireland, Waterways Ireland and the Local Authority Waters & Communities Office Regional Winner
Abbey TidyTowns Galway Waters & Communities Award sponsored by Inland Fisheries Ireland, Waterways Ireland and the Local Authority Waters & Communities Office National Winner
Killeshandra TidyTowns Cavan Let’s Get Buzzing Pollinator Award – sponsored by Local Authorities –Small Town Category Regional Winner
Buncrana TidyTowns Initiative Donegal Let’s Get Buzzing Pollinator Award – sponsored by Local Authorities – Large Town Category Regional Winner
Tubbercurry TidyTowns Sligo Gum Litter Taskforce Award sponsored by the Gum Litter Taskforce – Village and Small Town Category
Tubbercurry TidyTowns Sligo Gum Litter Taskforce Award sponsored by the Gum Litter Taskforce – National Winner
Dromod TidyTowns Leitrim The Big Scoop Award- sponsored by Dogs Trust – Joint National Winner
Westport TidyTowns Mayo Our Community Climate Action Award

Winner Young TidyTowns Committee Category – sponsored by Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Athleague TidyTowns Roscommon Sustainable Development Award Runner Up –sponsored by Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
Castlecoote TidyTowns Roscommon Sustainable Development Award Runner Up –sponsored by Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
Kilteevan TidyTowns Roscommon Sustainable Development Award Runner Up –sponsored by Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
Raphoe TidyTowns Donegal Sustainable Development Award Third Place –sponsored by Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
Milltown Heritage Food Project Galway Heritage Award – sponsored by the Heritage Council
Béal an Mhuirthead Mhuigh Eo The Gaeltacht Award – sponsored by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht – Highly Commended Award
Carraig Airt Dún na nGall The Gaeltacht Award – sponsored by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht – National Winner