Council honours Tidy Towns volunteers

The efforts of Tidy Towns committees across the county were recognised at a special ceremony in County Hall on Friday October 4.
An Cathaoirleach Cllr Liam Reilly, hosted the reception to honour eight of the tidy towns groups who brought glory to the county as a result of the 2019 National Tidy Towns Competition.
In addition to the four gold medal winners of Ardee, Blackrock, Drogheda and Dundalk, bronze medals were awarded to Carlingford, Knockbridge and Tallanstown.
Blackrock took home the highly coveted national title of Ireland’s Tidiest Small Town with a score of 345 marks which was one mark behind the overall national tidy towns winner. Blackrock also claimed the title of Regional Award Winner for Midlands East and was the County Louth award winner.
Dromiskin Tidy Towns took home the National Waste Prevention Award and finally Sandpit won the County Louth Endeavour Award.
Commenting at the reception, An Cathaoirleach Cllr. Reilly remarked that the results obtained in 2019 places County Louth as a top tier competitor in this prestigious competition.
“The performance of Blackrock, in particular, highlights the positive benefits that can be obtained when people come together with the local authority in pursuit of a common goal. I am also delighted for my own Tidy Towns Group in Dromiskin who have taken home a national award in the Waste Prevention Category,” stated Cllr Reilly.
Joan Martin, Chief Executive, Louth County Council commented that 2019 has been a fantastic results year for Louth in this longstanding National Competition.
“It has undoubtedly been the county’s best ever result and no less remarkable because all 25 entrants from the county increased their marks on last year’s competition.
“Louth County Council is proud to be associated with the hundreds of volunteers in tidy towns groups right across the county who work tirelessly for the benefit of their communities. The council staff also deserves recognition for the positive presentation of Drogheda, and the rest of the county, during the International Fleadh Festival which highlighted that County Louth is a great county in which to live, work and play,” stated Ms Martin.
Paddy Donnelly, Director of Services for the Quality of Life Directorate, remarked that while Louth may be the Wee County, when it comes to this competition, we are one of the big competitors.
“These results speak volumes of the collaborative working and financial arrangements that Louth County Council have put in place to assist the tidy towns groups in the county. The continued success in particular of both Drogheda and Dundalk is a great source of pride for those who toil on a daily basis year-round to present these major urban centres in such a positive way,” explained Mr Donnelly.

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