Minister Ring Allocates €1.4m Funding For Tidy Towns Committees On 60th Birthday
SuperValu recently announced a special allocation of €1.4 million to support the work of individual Tidy Towns Committees around the country in order to mark the 60th anniversary of the event.
Michael Ring, Minister for Rural and Community Development and Martin Kelleher, Managing Director of SuperValu announced the funding yesterday after naming Listowel Ireland’s Tidiest Town for 2018.
“On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the competition, I am making available €1.4 million from the Government in order to directly support the Tidy Towns groups that bring out the best in our towns and villages,” the Minister said.
“I have no doubt that towns and villages across the country will benefit hugely from this investment. Wherever you have active Tidy Towns committees, it gives the place a real boost and creates the environment for tourism.”
SuperValu Tidy Towns
The Minister also thanked SuperValu, the competition’s sponsor, saying that he wanted to “pay tribute to SuperValu, who are now in their 27th year as the sponsor and have worked with us to grow the competition”.
“It is getting stronger every year with increased participation, an increased number of awards and a notable increase in the efforts of the communities involved.
“SuperValu have shown fantastic support for the competition, not only through their financial sponsorship but also through the support provided to local TidyTowns groups by their network of local retailers.”
Martin Kelleher thanks and congratulated all of this year’s participants, noting Listowel's achievement.
“2018 was a landmark year for SuperValu TidyTowns, with close to 900 committees entering and 12 new committees getting involved for the first time this year,” he said.
“I would like to thank all of these new SuperValu TidyTowns committees for getting involved during the 60th year of the competition.”
“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.”
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