Glaslough, Co. Monaghan was today (30 September) named as Ireland’s Tidiest Town for 2019 and also claimed the award of Ireland’s Tidiest Village.
The SuperValu TidyTowns competition is now entering its seventh decade and Glaslough was judged to be the best from a record number of 918 entries to the competition this year.
On hand to present the prizes were Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring and Martin Kelleher, Managing Director of SuperValu, the competition’s sponsor for the 28th year.
“Glaslough, who first entered the SuperValu TidyTowns competition in 1966, have great passion and pride in their community," said Minister Ring.
"They have been consistently achieving high standards in the competition at local, regional and European level. Today, all that commitment and dedication has paid off with the top prize being awarded to them."
Other notable winners included Blackrock, Co. Louth receiving the award for Ireland’s Tidiest Small Town.
Westport, Co. Mayo received the award of Ireland’s Tidiest Large Town, while Ennis, Co Clare. was declared as Ireland's Tidiest Large Urban Centre.
Minister Ring also announced a special allocation of €1.4 million to support the work of individual TidyTowns Committees around the country to 'assist them in their continued efforts to enhance their towns and villages'.
This is the third year in a row that Minister Ring has allocated this funding to support the work of the TidyTowns Committees.
"The work of all those involved in the TidyTowns effort results in the attractive and welcoming towns and villages we see all over the country, and from which we all benefit," Martin Kelleher, managing director, SuperValu said.
"It is this passion and pride that has made our towns and villages not only attractive and welcoming for visitors, but have created a ‘sense of place’ for those who live, work and raise families there. That is why this competition has continued to flourish for more than 60 years.
The TidyTowns competition is organised by the Department of Rural and Community Development is sponsored by SuperValu, who have supported the competition since 1992.
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