Minister launches 2019 SuperValu Tidy Towns competition
Towns and villages across Ireland will be painting their benches, trimming the hedges and binning the litter in the coming weeks, as the iconic SuperValu Tidy Towns competition rumbles into life once again.
2 April 2019 | 0
The 2019 SuperValu TidyTowns competition has begun welcoming entries following the launch of the competition in the grounds of Dunboyne Castle Hotel in County Meath. Now in its seventh decade, the competition, which is administered by the Department of Rural and Community Development and sponsored by SuperValu, continues to act as a catalyst for voluntary activity and community participation across the country.
Speaking at the launch of the 2019 competition this morning, the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, said the dedication and commitment shown by generations of volunteers and community groups throughout the TidyTowns competition’s 60 year history is extraordinary. “The efforts of these TidyTowns committees have made Ireland’s towns and villages not only attractive and welcoming for visitors,” he said, “but have created a ‘sense of place’ for those who live and work and raise families there.”
Last year a record 883 communities entered the famous competition, with Westport, Co. Mayo the eventual winner of the overall prize.
Martin Kelleher, MD of SuperValu, said that the supermarket retailer is delighted to partner with the TidyTowns competition for a 28th year. “People take massive pride in their communities,” he said, “and are coming together more than ever before to make their town or village even more picturesque.
“As our retailers live and work in their local community,” Kelleher continued, “they step up to play their part and are involved in TidyTowns committees right across the country. It’s particularly encouraging to see more initiatives aimed at making their communities more sustainable places to live, such as the project in Westport which aims to eradicate plastic straws in the town.”
In addition to the main competition, there is an increased number of Special Awards for 2019. Full details of the Special Awards are available on the TidyTowns website. The closing date for receipt of entries for this year’s competition is Friday, 17 May 2019. Entry forms to the SuperValu TidyTowns competition can be obtained by visiting www.tidytowns.ie or www.supervalu.ie.