A record 918 communities entered competition this year.
Glaslough, Co. Monaghan was named as Ireland’s Tidiest Town for 2019 on 30th September. The SuperValu TidyTowns competition is now entering its seventh decade and Glaslough was judged to be the best from a record number of 918 entries to the competition this year. The announcement was greeted with great celebration and excitement at today’s awards ceremony at The Helix in Dublin.
On hand to present the prizes were Mr Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development and Mr. Martin Kelleher, Managing Director of SuperValu, the competition’s sponsor for the 28th year. The Helix was packed with 1,000 representatives of TidyTowns groups from all over the country, eagerly awaiting the announcement of the winners.
Glaslough, Co. Monaghan also claimed the award of Ireland’s Tidiest Village. Other winners included Blackrock, Co. Louth receiving the award for Ireland’s Tidiest Small Town. Westport, Co. Mayo received the award of Ireland’s Tidiest Large Town, while Ennis, Co. Clare was declared as Ireland's Tidiest Large Urban Centre.
Glaslough achieved Gold Standard in the European Entente Florale Competition in 2017.
Speaking after the awards ceremony, Minister Ring said:
Minister Ring also announced a special allocation of €1.4 million to support the work of individual TidyTowns Committees around the country to assist them in their continued efforts to enhance their towns and villages. This is the third year in a row that Minister Ring has allocated this funding to support the work of the TidyTowns Committees.
The Minister said:
The Minister also thanked SuperValu, the competition’s sponsor.
Martin Kelleher, Managing Director, SuperValu said:
Full details of all this year’s winners are available at TidyTowns.ie.