is organised by the Department of Rural and Community Development. SuperValu sponsors the competition. There are also special awards which are sponsored by other bodies.
TidyTowns involves villages, towns and cities being rated on all aspects of their local environment. There are several categories of prizes in the competition. The overall winner holds the title of 'Ireland’s Tidiest Town.' All the results are announced at a national ceremony in September each year.
The TidyTowns judges provide detailed reports to each entrant. At first, many enter the competition to generate interest about the environment in their community and to contribute to local policy. Over time, entrants reach a standard where competing for major prizes in the competition is within reach.
TidyTowns helps communities to improve their physical environment, but the real winners are the communities themselves. Communities involved in TidyTowns are great places to live in, to work in or to visit, where volunteers work together to make their own place brighter, friendlier and more inclusive.