The TidyTowns competition is organised each year by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. SuperValu sponsor the competition. There are also Special Awards which are sponsored by other bodies. The competition involves villages, towns and cities being rated on all aspects of their local environment. There are several categories of prizes in the competition. The overall winner holds the title of “Ireland’s Tidiest Town”. All the results are announced at a national ceremony in September each year.
The TidyTowns adjudicators provide detailed reports to each entrant. At first many enter the competition to generate interest about the environment in their community and to contribute to local policy. Over time, entrants reach a standard where competing for major prizes in the competition is within reach. While the competition helps communities to improve their physical environment, the real winners are the communities themselves. Communities involved in TidyTowns are great places to live in, to work in or to visit, where volunteers work together to make their own place brighter, friendlier and more inclusive.
For current news, results and to access the free Tidy Towns on-line archive, go to the Tidy Towns website.