Many dirty hands make light work in tidy towns bid
ALL hands are on deck as thousands of Tidy Towns volunteers anxiously wait to see if their town will be crowned this year's winner.
The national Tidy Towns competition has seen a record 821 communities taking part this year, in comparison to 764 last year.
Volunteers across the country have been busy improving their towns and villages in anticipation of the announcement of the winners at the awards ceremony on September 5, in the Helix Theatre, Dublin
This year communities were encouraged to "Get Your Hands Dirty for Tidy Towns" in a promotional campaign run by the Department of the Environment and sponsors of the competition, SuperValu.
Welcoming the growing interest in Tidy Towns, Environment Minister Phil Hogan said: "The Tidy Towns competition has been a positive in Irish life for more than 50 years.
"It is heartening to see so many communities who have responded to these challenging times by pulling together, getting out there and getting things done."