60th Tidy Towns competition launched
The 2018 SuperValu TidyTowns competition is now open for entries following the launch of the this year's contest.
Now in its 60th year, the competition is administered by the Department of Rural and Community Development and is sponsored by SuperValu.
Over the lifetime of the SuperValu TidyTowns competition, generations of TidyTowns volunteers up and down the country have worked to improve the appearance of their locality and make their town or village more attractive for residents and visitors alike.
Speaking at the launch, Martin Kelleher, Managing Director, SuperValu said: 'This year is an important milestone for SuperValu TidyTowns as it marks the 60th anniversary of the competition. Reaching this landmark is a remarkable achievement both for the competition and the TidyTowns committees who have worked tirelessly over the year to enhance their towns and villages.'
Mr Kelleher added: 'We are delighted to continue our long-running partnership with the competition to help make the communities we live in even better and to recognise the efforts of thousands of volunteers across the country who put in countless hours every week. This year, as we mark the 60th anniversary of TidyTowns, we are calling on volunteers in Dublin to get involved.
'As Ireland's leading independent grocery retailer, with our stores owned by entrepreneurs from the local community, we understand the importance of improving the quality of life in the towns and villages that our retailers work and live in.'
Minister for Regional Economic Development, Michael Ring, said: 'The SuperValu TidyTowns Competition is built on the voluntary effort of ordinary people across Ireland. Its success is a result of that selfless effort. It is a competition which brings neighbours, with shared values and shared interests, together to improve their locality.
'In recognition of the hard work and dedication of the volunteers who have worked tirelessly over the past 60 years, I provided a once-off grant scheme of between €1,000 and €4,000 for TidyTowns committees last November.
'Over €1.3 million was provided to 900 Tidy Towns Committees to spend on improving their communities and I have no doubt that this investment had a significant positive impact on communities throughout the country.'
The closing date for receipt of entries for this year's competitions is May 23. Entry forms can be obtained from the TidyTowns Unit in the Department of Rural and Community Development - phone (076 100 6912) or by visiting www.tidytowns.ie or www.supervalu.ie.
For entry download your entry form at www.tidytowns.ie.Volunteers across Ireland who want to get involved or set up a TidyTowns Committee can find more information at: www.supervalu.ie/real-people/sponsorship/tidytowns/how-to-get-involved.