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Minister Ring Launches 2019 SuperValu TidyTowns Competition

By Donna Ahern
Minister Ring Launches 2019 SuperValu TidyTowns Competition

The 2019 SuperValu TidyTowns competition has announced that it is now welcoming entries following the recent launch of the competition in the grounds of Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath.

Now entering its seventh decade, the competition, which is administered by the Department of Rural and Community Development and sponsored by SuperValu, continues to act as a 'catalyst for voluntary activity and community participation' across the country.

Speaking at the launch of the 2019 competition, the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring said: “The dedication and commitment shown by generations of volunteers and community groups throughout the TidyTowns competition’s 60 year history is extraordinary."

"The efforts of these TidyTowns committees have made Ireland’s towns and villages not only attractive and welcoming for visitors, but have created a ‘sense of place’ for those who live and work and raise families there.”

Record Entries

Last year TidyTowns celebrated the 60th anniversary of TidyTowns, where a record 883 communities entered the competition.

“As our retailers live and work in their local community, they step up to play their part and are involved in TidyTowns committees right across the country," Martin Kelleher, managing director of Musgrave added.

It’s particularly encouraging to see more initiatives aimed at making their communities more sustainable places to live, such as the project in Westport which aims to eradicate plastic straws in the town.

Special Awards

In addition to the main competition, there is an increased number of Special Awards for 2019.

"The number of Special Awards, such as the Pollinator Award and the Community Climate Action and Air Quality Award, shows the ever increasing appeal the SuperValu TidyTowns competition has," Minister Ring added.

"These awards add to the competition and I would like to encourage participants in the main competition to consider entering some of the other award categories as well."

The closing date for receipt of entries for this year’s competition is Friday 17 May 2019, Click here. 

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