Blackrock clean up at Tidy Towns Awards

Blackrock cleaned up at the Supervalu Tidy Towns Awards with the picturesque village winning no less than four awards including the prestigious title of ‘Ireland’s Tidiest Small Town’.
This was the first time in Blackrock’s history that they were given this award which led Blackrock Tidy Town’s chairman John Horan to declare that “after 26 years of hard work we’ve become an overnight success”.
Blackrock won the County Award, Regional Award, Category Award and also received a Gold Medal on a hugely successful day for the village during the awards ceremony in the Helix, Dublin on Monday afternoon. According to Blackrock Tidy Towns Chairman John Horan the awards were an achievement to be proud of for the entire community.
“This is our first time winning the national small towns prize and we are absolutely thrilled. This award is a tribute to the hard work displayed by our entire community who make sure Blackrock is looking good all throughout the year. We were only a single mark away from winning Ireland’s tidiest town and that is something to be proud of and to be shared by every person in the community.
“I’d like to thank Pat Rafferty and the Community Employment Scheme for all their hard work as well as all the schools who do great work to promote tidiness and as I said already the people of our community who take great pride in their gardens and drives to ensure Blackrock stays clean. The Tidy Towns committee have been in existence for twenty six years and the hard work will continue to make sure we keep up the standards that have seen us do so well at the Tidy Towns awards in recent years,” stated John.
There was also good news for Dundalk at the awards with the town retaining their gold medal. A Dundalk Tidy Towns spokesperson thanked all the hard-working volunteers for their help during the year.
“We have retained our Gold Medal today at the Super Valu National Tidy Towns awards.
We would like to thank all our fabulous hardworking volunteers, Tus, Bids, Dundalk tourist office, Dundalk Museum, Dundalk Chamber , Louth County Council and all the local businesses and Resident Associations and local councillors because without you we would not have our 12th Gold medal,” concluded the statement.

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