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Saturday 30 August 2014

Louth reaping benefits of volunteers' dedication

Published 14/11/2012 | 12:01

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Credit: Pictures: Ken Finegan

THE HUGE turnout, the enthusiasm and the dedication of the Tidy Towns volunteers from across Co Louth at the Louth Looking Good Awards in the Crowne Plaza Dundalk on Thursday night are testament to the importance of the awards.

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Louth leader Partnership is delighted to see its sponsorship of the awards put to such good use. More than 300 people crowded into the Crowne Plaza on Thursday, November 1, to attend the annual award ceremony that thanks the volunteers and acknowledges their work throughout the year.

Louth Leader Partnership stepped into the breach this year and funded the judging, the awards night and many of the prizes and presentations. Leader's support for the Tidy Towns efforts has played a central role in the county's stunning performance at national and local level. More than €1 million has been given to community groups throughout the county over the life of the current Rural Development Programme. We were particularly pleased to note that virtually all the big winners had availed of capital grants from Leader over the past few years. It is good to see the funding being put to such exemplary use.

Cllr. Colm Markey, Chairman of Louth Leader Partnership said: ' The Tidy Towns effort in Co Louth has really moved into the top division in the past few years. Groups are working closely together now, ambitious plans are being made and implemented at a strategic level now, and the work has moved far beyond the routine functions of planting flowers and controlling litter. Local groups are outlining a vision for their community and working towards that goal, diligently and selflessly. The Louth Tidy Towns Together network of 25 local groups, which was funded by Leader, has changed the way communities approach new ideas and new projects.'

Louth Leader Partnership was delighted to be in a position to sponsor the awards, the judging and prizes and we look forward to supporting the efforts of the Tidy Towns groups in every way possible.

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