16.11.10 - Midlands East Region Receive Their Awards
Mr. Seamus Kirk T.D., Ceann Comhairle, today has presented the winners of the National TidyTowns Competition, from the Midlands East Region, with their prizes, at a ceremony held in Glyde Rangers Community Hall, Tallanstown, Co. Louth.
He was joined on stage by Mr. Kevin Kidney, Head of Operations, Fáilte Ireland and Ray Kelly, Marketing Director, SuperValu, the competition’s main sponsor.
In congratulating everyone involved, the Ceann Comhairle pointed out that 2010 again proved to be a successful year for TidyTowns with a record entry of 764 towns and villages. He particularly thanked SuperValu for their support for the competition, which he said, “is all the more important in these difficult economic times.”
The Ceann Comhairle congratulated all the prize winners in the region, saying, “the Midlands East performed fantastically this year, winning 59 awards, with Tallanstown (pictured) again leading the way securing the overall title of Ireland’s Tidiest Town for the first time, and winning five awards in total. The Region won 18 medals in this year’s competition which is a phenomenal achievement.”
The Ceann Comhairle also congratulated the other award winners in the region noting that Ardee Educate Together National School won the SuperValu TidyTowns School’s National Award, Kill won the National Best Bring Bank Award and Killamuck Bog in Abbeyleix won the Notice Nature Biodiversity Award for the region.
Ray Kelly, Marketing Director with SuperValu, said; “TidyTowns is not just about improving our local areas; it is about working together, building community spirit and making Ireland a better place to live. SuperValu together with its countrywide network of local retailers is - through our continued sponsorship of TidyTowns - committed to helping build vibrant local communities. I am delighted to congratulate this year’s winners, but to also recognise the commitment and dedication of all TidyTowns committees in the Midlands East region who make such a real difference in their local communities.”
The TidyTowns competition is organised by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government and sponsored by SuperValu. SuperValu have sponsored the National TidyTowns competition since 1992.