02/11/16

Supervalu TidyTowns – Midwest and South West Region Awards Ceremony

This year’s SuperValu TidyTowns awards for the Midwest and South West region were presented today, Tuesday 1st November, at a prize-giving ceremony in the Woodstock Hotel, Ennis, Co Clare.  SuperValu TidyTowns winners were presented with their awards by Mr. Michael Ring, Minister for Regional Economic Development, and Niall O’Callaghan, SuperValu Sponsorship & Community Brand Manager, proud sponsors of the competition. Also joining the Minister on stage was Siobhan King of Fáilte Ireland.

Ennis won the title of Ireland’s Tidiest Large Urban Centre and Listowel, Co Kerry held the title of Ireland’s Tidiest Small Town. A full list of today’s prizewinner’s is attached. Speaking at the awards ceremony Minister Ring said:  “It is fantastic to have the opportunity this evening to meet TidyTowns groups across this region.  These awards are just a small reward for the efforts of so many volunteers who take pride in their home town and work tirelessly to make it a better place now and for future generations. This unselfish effort and the generosity displayed by these volunteers makes a huge difference in our communities.  Today we also recognise all the other TidyTowns groups not here today who are also committed to improving their communities year on year but have yet to achieve formal recognition in the competition.  I must make special mention of Ennis and Listowel, both National winners; congratulations to them as well as all of today’s other prize-winners.”

The Minister also thanked TidyTowns’ main sponsor SuperValu. “For 25 years SuperValu has been involved in this competition at local and national level and they have helped it to flourish and grow and continue to demonstrate a real commitment to supporting local communities. They have worked closely with Department officials to help make it the success it is today.”

Niall O’Callaghan SuperValu Sponsorship & Community Brand Manager said: “At SuperValu we believe in building vibrant local communities and the SuperValu TidyTowns competition goes to the heart of what community is all about. The incredible dedication shown by the volunteers involved is truly admirable and continues to amaze us year after year. Their relentless commitment to working for the good of their local community is what makes this competition the success it is today. As Ireland’s leading community retailer, with 222 stores across Ireland and retailers embedded in communities around the country, SuperValu is extremely proud to have sponsored TidyTowns for the past 25 years, one of the longest running sponsorships in Ireland. I am delighted to recognise the dedication of TidyTowns committees in the Midwest and South West who are at the heart of their local communities, working tirelessly behind the scenes throughout the year to enhance their locality.”

Interest in the SuperValu TidyTowns competition has been stronger than ever in recent years and with 859 communities entering the competition in 2016. The competition has been running since 1958 and is organised by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.  The competition has been sponsored by SuperValu since 1992.

A list of all the prize-winners for the Midwest and South West region is attached.

 

ENDS

SuperValu TidyTowns – Ireland’s Tidiest Large Urban Centre – Overall Winner

Sponsored by SuperValu

Recipient County Award
Ennis Clare National Winner

 

SuperValu TidyTowns – Ireland’s Tidiest Small Town – Overall Winner

Sponsored by SuperValu

Recipient County Award
Listowel Kerry National Winner

SuperValu TidyTowns – Midwest and South West Region – Regional Winner

Sponsored by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs

 

Recipient County Award
Ennis Clare Regional Winner

SuperValu TidyTowns – Midwest and South West Region – Medallists in National Awards Sponsored by SuperValu

 

Recipient County Award
Adare Limerick Gold Medal
Ballincollig Cork Gold Medal
Clonakilty Cork Gold Medal
Cobh Cork Gold Medal
Coolagown Cork Gold Medal
Ennis Clare Gold Medal
Kenmare Kerry Gold Medal
Killarney Kerry Gold Medal
Kilrush Clare Gold Medal
Kinsale Cork Gold Medal
Listowel Kerry Gold Medal
Rathbarry Cork Gold Medal
Rosscarbery Cork Gold Medal
Sneem Kerry Gold Medal
Tralee Kerry Gold Medal
Bantry Cork Silver Medal
Carrigaline Cork Silver Medal
Eyeries Cork Silver Medal
Lislevane Cork Silver Medal
Macroom Cork Silver Medal
Mountshannon Clare Silver Medal
Youghal Cork Silver Medal
Ardpatrick Limerick Bronze Medal
Ballydehob Cork Bronze Medal
Ballynacally Clare Bronze Medal
Ballyvaughan Clare Bronze Medal
Bandon Cork Bronze Medal
Castletownroche Cork Bronze Medal
Galbally Limerick Bronze Medal
Kilkee Clare Bronze Medal
Kilmallock Limerick Bronze Medal
Knightstown Kerry Bronze Medal
Midleton Cork Bronze Medal
Millstreet Cork Bronze Medal
Newcastle West Limerick Bronze Medal
Portmagee Kerry Bronze Medal
Quin Clare Bronze Medal
Skibbereen Cork Bronze Medal
Timoleague Cork Bronze Medal
Tuamgraney Clare Bronze Medal

SuperValu TidyTowns – Midwest and South West Region – County Awards

Sponsored by SuperValu

Recipient County Award
Ennis Clare County Winner
Kilrush Clare Highly Commended
Mountshannon Clare Commended
Kilkishen Clare Endeavour *
Coolagown Cork(North) County Winner
Castletownroche Cork(North) Highly Commended
Kiskeam Cork(North) Commended
Newtwopothouse Cork(North) Endeavour *
Ballincollig Cork(South) County Winner
Kinsale Cork(South) Highly Commended
Cobh Cork(South) Commended
Carrigaline Cork(South) Endeavour *
Clonakilty Cork(West) County Winner
Rosscarbery Cork(West) Highly Commended
Rathbarry Cork(West) Commended
Inchigeelagh Cork(West) Endeavour *
Listowel Kerry County Winner
Kenmare Kerry Highly Commended
Killarney Kerry Commended
Duagh Kerry Endeavour *
Adare Limerick County Winner
Ardpatrick Limerick Highly Commended
Galbally Limerick Commended
Rockhill Limerick Endeavour *

* Endeavour Award winners are those who achieved the greatest improvement in score in 2015

SuperValu TidyTowns – Midwest and South West Region – Special Awards

Recipient County Sponsor & Award
Coolagown Cork Irish Water Value Water Award
Tuamgraney Clare Irish Water Value Water Award
Cobh Cork Irish Water Value Water Award
Carrigaline Cork Clean Air Award – Highly Commended, sponsored by Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
Scarriff Foróige Youth Club Clare SuperValu Regional Youth Award
Kildorrery Cork Let’s Get Buzzing Pollinator Award – sponsored by Local Authorities
Killarney Kerry Let’s Get Buzzing Pollinator Award – sponsored by Local Authorities
Bere Island Cork Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Island Award Winner
Sherkin Island Cork Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Island Award Highly Commended

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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