SUPERVALU TIDYTOWNS AWARDS – HONOURS COMMUNITIES FROM CLARE, CORK, KERRY and LIMERICK

Published 23 November 2018

This year’s SuperValu TidyTowns awards for the Mid-West and South West region were presented today, Thursday, 22nd November, at a prize-giving ceremony in the Listowel Arms Hotel in Listowel.  SuperValu TidyTowns winners were presented with their awards by Councillor Michael Kennelly, Kerry County Council and Dolores Farrell, SuperValu Community & Sponsorship Brand Manager, longtime sponsors of the competition. Also joining the Councillor on stage was Declan Murphy of Fáilte Ireland.

At the ceremony, Councillor Kennelly spoke of the grant scheme, recently announced by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD, which enables TidyTowns Committees to apply for a grant of between €1,000 and €4,000.  Councillor Kennelly said: “I am delighted to be in a position to attend the awards on behalf of Minister Ring and I encourage committees to avail of the €1.4 million in grant funding recently announced by his Department, which will assist committees in preparing for the 2019 competition. A similar scheme was run last year and over 900 committees benefitted from the funding.”

“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.”

Councillor Kennelly added:  “It is fantastic to have the opportunity this evening to meet 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. 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 Councillor continued: “I want to give a special mention to Listowel – congratulations on winning the Regional title and being named Ireland’s Tidiest Large Town along with the overall title of Ireland’s Tidiest Town.  I would also like to acknowledge Ballincollig and congratulate them on being awarded the title of Ireland’s Tidiest Large Urban Centre and also to all of today’s other prize-winners.”

Councillor Kennelly also thanked TidyTowns’ main sponsor, SuperValu.  “For 27 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.

Dolores Farrell, SuperValu Community & Sponsorship Brand 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.

Listowel won the title of Ireland’s Tidiest Towns, along Ireland’s Tidiest Large Town and the Regional Title. Ballincollig won the title of Ireland’s Tidiest Large Urban Centre. A full list of all of today’s prize winner’s is attached.

 

 

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 SuperValu TidyTowns – Mid-West & South West – Ireland’s Tidiest Town for 2018

Sponsored by SuperValu

 

Recipient County Award
Listowel Kerry Irelands Tidiest Town

 

SuperValu TidyTowns – Mid-West & South West – Ireland’s Tidiest Large Town for 2018

Sponsored by SuperValu

 

Recipient County Award
Ballincollig Cork Tidiest Large Town

 

SuperValu TidyTowns – Mid-West & South West – Ireland’s Tidiest Small Town for 2018

Sponsored by SuperValu

Recipient County Award
Listowel Kerry Tidiest Small Town

 

SuperValu TidyTowns – Mid-West & South West – Regional Award for 2018

Sponsored by Department of Rural and Community Development

 

Recipient County Award
Listowel Kerry Regional Award

 

SuperValu TidyTowns – South East region – Medallists in National Awards

Sponsored by SuperValu

 

 

Recipient County Award
Ballincollig Cork Gold Medal
Carrigaline Cork Gold Medal
Clonakilty Cork Gold Medal
Cobh Cork Gold Medal
Coolagown Cork Gold Medal
Ennis Clare Gold Medal
Kenmare Kerry Gold Medal
Killarney Kerry Gold Medal
Kilrush Clare Gold Medal
Kinsale Cork Gold Medal
Listowel Kerry Gold Medal
Tralee Tralee Gold Medal
Youghal Cork Gold Medal
Adare Limerick Silver Medal
Bantry Cork Silver Medal
Macroom Cork Silver Medal
Mountshannon Clare Silver Medal
Rosscarbery Cork Silver Medal
Ardpatrick Limerick Bronze Medal
Ballydehob Cork Bronze Medal
Ballynacally Clare Bronze Medal
Bandon Cork Bronze Medal
Castleconnell Limerick Bronze Medal
Castletownroche Cork Bronze Medal
Eyeries Cork Bronze Medal
Galbally Limerick Bronze Medal
Innishannon Cork Bronze Medal
Knightstown Kerry Bronze Medal
Limerick City Centre Limerick Bronze Medal
Lislevane Cork Bronze Medal
Millstreet Cork Bronze Medal
Newcastle West Limerick Bronze Medal
Portmagee Kerry Bronze Medal
Quin Clare Bronze Medal
Rathbarry Cork Bronze Medal
Skibbereen Cork Bronze Medal
Sneem Kerry Bronze Medal
Timoleague Cork Bronze Medal

 

SuperValu TidyTowns – South East region – County Awards

Sponsored by SuperValu

Recipient County Award
Ennis Clare County Winner
Kilrush Clare Highly Commended
Mountshannon Clare Commended
Kilmurry Clare Endeavour *
Coolagown Cork North County Winner
Castletownroche Cork North Highly Commended
Kiskeam Cork North Commended
Berrings Cork North North Cork Endeavour *
Ballincollig Cork South County Winner
Cobh Cork South Highly Commended
Kinsale Cork South Commended
Bishopstown Cork South Endeavour *
Clonakilty Cork West County Winner
Rosscarbery Cork West Highly Commended
Rathbarry Cork West Commended
Drinagh Cork West Endeavour *
Listowel Kerry County Winner
Killarney Kerry Highly Commended
Kenmare Kerry Commended
Cloghane Brandon Kerry Endeavour *
Adare Limerick County Winner
Ardpatrick Limerick Highly Commended
Galbally Limerick Commended
Garrinderk Limerick Endeavour *

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

 

 

SuperValu TidyTowns – Mid-West & South West Region – Special Awards

 

Recipient County Sponsor & Award
Public Clock Project – Scarrif National School Clare Supervalu School Award Regional Award Winner – sponsored by SuperValu
Public Clock Project – Scarrif National School Clare Supervalu School Award National Winner – sponsored by SuperValu
UL Kayak Club Riverpath Volunteers Limerick Waters & Communities Award sponsored by Inland Fisheries Ireland, Watersways Ireland and the Local Authority Waters & Communities Office Highly Commended
Glounthaune TidyTowns Cork Waters & Communities Award sponsored by Inland Fisheries Ireland, Watersways Ireland and the Local Authority Waters & Communities Office Regional Winner
Sneem TidyTowns Kerry Let’s Get Buzzing Pollinator Award – sponsored by Local Authorities
Ennis TidyTowns Clare Let’s Get Buzzing Pollinator Award – sponsored by Local Authorities
Ennis TidyTowns Clare Our Community Climate Action Award

Winner Village Large Town/Urban Centre Category – sponsored by Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Carrigaline TidyTowns Cork Clean Air Award Runner Up – sponsored by Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
Ennis TidyTowns Clare Clean Air Award Winner  – sponsored by Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
Sherkin Island Cork Islands Award Highly Commended Winner – sponsored by Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Bere Island Cork Islands Award Winner – sponsored by Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht