Listowel wins SuperValu Tidy Towns 2018

Martin Kelleher, managing director, SuperValu

Listowel, Co. Kerry, has been named as Ireland's Tidiest Town for 2018 as the 60th anniversary of the event reaches its culmination at a special event at The Helix in Dublin.

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Listowel, Co. Kerry has beeen named as Ireland’s Tidiest Town for 2018, making it the winner of the 60th iteration of the iconic competition, sponsored by SuperValu. Listowel, which is around 30km south of Tralee, bestede a record 883 entries from towns and villages throughout the country. The announcement was
greeted with great jubilation at an awards ceremony at The Helix theatre in Dublin.

Prizes to the winning town and runners-up were presented by Michael Ring TD, minister for rural and community development, along with Martin Kelleher, MD of SuperValu, which has sponsored the event for 27 years.

Listowel, Co. Kerry also claimed the award of Ireland’s Tidiest Small Town, while other winners included Glaslough, Co. Monaghan (Ireland’s Tidiest Village), Westport, Co. Mayo, (Tidiest Large Town), and Ballincollig, Co. Cork, which was named Ireland’s Tidiest Large Urban Centre.

Speaking after the awards ceremony, Minister Ring said the win is a fantastic achievement for Listowel. “Listowel is one of a small number of centres who have consistently entered the competition since its launch in 1958,” Ring said. “In the intervening years, the committtee has worked steadfastly on improving its position in the SuperValu TidyTowns competition.

“Today, all that dedication and effort has paid off,” he said.

The Minister also thanked SuperValu, the competition’s sponsor for 27  years. “I want to pay tribute to SuperValu,” he said, ” for working with us to grow the competition. It is getting stronger every year with increased participation, an increased number of awards and a notable increase in the efforts of the communities involved.”

Martin Kelleher, Managing Director, SuperValu said the commitment, dedication and passion of the Listowel SuperValu TidyTowns committee is remarkable. “I would also like to commend the support of Listowel SuperValu towards the town winning the overall award,” he added, “and also I would also like to congratulate the category winners who received awards this year as we mark the 60th anniversary of the competition – your limitless energy and hard work really shone through.”

 

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