What Do You Win?
TidyTowns Awards ceremonies - National and Regional
In September each year, the main winners of the National SuperValu TidyTowns competition and the Special Awards are announced at the annual TidyTowns Awards ceremony (held in The Helix in recent years).
The National, Regional and County award winners are announced as well as the Special awards. Due to time constraints, only the top awards are presented on stage on the day. The Minister for the Environment and the Managing Director of SuperValu, our main sponsor, make the presentations.
The venue can only accommodate approximately 1000 people, therefore only a representation of award-winning TidyTowns committees are invited to attend in advance. In addition, all the sponsors, representatives from each Local Authority and the TidyTowns adjudicators are invited. It is a great social occasion and an opportunity to meet with other committees from across the country.
The RTÉ Nationwide team record the event and a special Nationwide programme is broadcast that evening. The Regional Award ceremonies are held in October/November and allow TidyTowns groups to meet more locally to celebrate their achievements. These ceremonies include the Endeavour Award winners which recognise TidyTowns groups who are not such high achievers in the competition.
The Regional Award ceremonies allow for the presentation of all the prizes, medals and certificates which were announced at the National Awards ceremony in September.
A government Minister and the various sponsors attend to make the presentations. Photographers capture the presentations and the photos are circulated to all the local newspapers. Fáilte Ireland have traditionally hosted these awards in conjunction with the TidyTowns Unit of the Department.
There are over 200 prizes given out under the SuperValu TidyTowns competition each year with more than €200,00 of the total prize fund of €250,000 awarded under the main competition. (The balance is awarded in special prizes outside the main competition. For further details, see Special Awards in this section.)
All main prizes are based on the scores achieved by entrants in the competition as follows -
Endeavour Awards for the biggest improvement by an entrant in each county from the previous year.
County Awards for the top three entrants in each county.
Regional Awards for the top-scoring entrant in each region.
Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals for entrants with scores that fall within a set range from that year's winning score.
Category Awards for the highest scoring entrants in the Village, Small Town, Large Town and Large Urban Centre categories.
Ireland's Tidiest Town Award for the highest scoring entrant in the whole competition.
There are also separate awards sections for Island entrants and Gaeltacht entrants.