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Golden day for Louth at Tidy Towns awards

Dundalk increase points, while Blackrock again the best in Wee County

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Blue skies in Blackrock. Picture Ken Finegan/www.newspics.ie

Blue skies in Blackrock. Picture Ken Finegan/www.newspics.ie

Blue skies in Blackrock. Picture Ken Finegan/www.newspics.ie

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It was a golden turn for Dundalk and Blackrock at the annual Supervalu Tidy Towns awards where the county enjoyed one of the best performances in the competition in recent years.

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, towns and villages across Louth excelled in many areas, with gold medals being awarded to Dundalk, Blackrock, Ardee and Drogheda.

For the team from Dundalk Tidy Towns it was an especially proud day, as they saw a large increase in points from the judges, and were honoured for some of the specific projects launched over the last year.

“What a day! We won gold in the Tidy Towns awards, increased our points from 327 to 344, first runner up in the Sustainable Development Goals Awards, got highly commended in County Award and won large town category for All-Ireland Pollinator Plan award. We are absolutely blown away!” said Dundalk Tidy Towns committee.

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“A huge thanks to all of our volunteers who we couldn't have done this without, our sponsors, project partners and Dundalk Town and Louth County Council, residents associations and all who work with us to keep Dundalk a Tidy Town!”

Blackrock Tidy Towns, who enjoyed phenomenal success in the last competition were thrilled to have won the county medal for Louth, and to have retained their gold medal.

Bronze medals were also awarded to Knockbridge, Dromiskin and former national winner Carlingford.

The overall national Tidy Towns award went to Ennis in County Clare.

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys presented the awards at the ceremony on Friday last. She praised all Tidy Towns groups who had been a part of the competition.

“Like all sections of society, the pandemic has prohibited us from participating in the things we enjoy within our own communities. I want to commend the hundreds of groups and thousands of volunteers who, in the face of adversity, put their community first and continued to make their areas better places to live and work and to visit, all the while, adhering to social distancing and public health guidelines.

Minister Humphreys also announced a special allocation of €1.5 million in funding to support the work of individual TidyTowns Committees around the country to assist them in their continued efforts to enhance their towns and villages.

She added: “The sense of belonging and pride of place that is achieved by being part of a TidyTowns group creates a wonderful welcoming atmosphere for both residents and visitors alike.”


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